Presently nationals visiting Europe from Malaysia dont have to get a visa for a short stay of 90 days, because they are visa-exempt for Schengen Area. The Schengen Zone has 22 European nations including Belgium, Austria, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Denmark, among others, along with four non-European Union nations i.e. Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland.

By the end of the year 2022, Malaysian nationals will require an ETIAS visa waiver to visit countries in Schengen Zone. European Travel Information and Authorization System or ETIAS is an electronic visa developed to enhance the security and screening of visa-exempt visitors to the Schengen Area, with the purpose to improve border control in the European Union and strengthen the security for Europeans in the Schengen Area, and travelers visiting the region.

In 2016, the European Parliament accepted the ETIAS visa waiver for Malaysian nationals, but it will take four years to completely develop the ETIAS visa. The details given on the ETIAS application form will be checked against different European security databases. The purpose of the screening is to point out any threats to Europe before the approval of the ETIAS visa waiver.

ETIAS Visa Essentials for Malaysian Nationals

By late 2022, all Malaysian nationals will have to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver to visit the nations in Schengen Zone for a short stay for business, tourists, medical and transit purposes. Malaysian ETIAS is effective for entering Europe through the air only and visitors have to present their accepted visa to take a flight to Europe.

For submitting an online application for ETIAS, it is essential to fulfilling the given supplies for Malaysians:

  • A passport that is valid for 3 months from the arrival date
  • A working email account (required to get the electronic form of accepted ETIAS visa)
  • A debit or credit card (for paying the fee for ETIAS Malaysia)

Malaysian nationals who want to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver should have a machine-readable biometric passport.

How to apply for ETIAS for Malaysian citizens

From late 2022, an ETIAS visa would be the regal requirement for Malaysian citizens to enter Europe. Malaysians can submit ETIAS visa applications to get a European visa. The whole process is online & can be applied with a mobile phone, computer, or tablet to complete the application process.

The information required to complete the online application for ETIAS include:

  • Applicants full name
  • Nationality
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Country and place of birth
  • Passport number
  • Current address
  • Passports expiry date and issue date
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • First proposed entry Schengen member country

It is necessary to ensure that all the details given in the ETIAS application form for Malaysians should be correct and the same as given on the applicants passport. Incorrect details can lead to the refusal of the application.

You may have to respond to some questions regarding safety and fitness before applying for ETIAS from Malaysia:

  • Employment history
  • Criminal history
  • Visit conflict areas
  • Drug use
  • Previous European travel details

Security Procedures for Malaysian ETIAS visa

The details given on the application form of the Malaysian ETIAS visa will be checked against different security databases to find out the prospective intimidations to Europe beforehand granting ETIAS visa. These security databases include EURODAC, Europol, VIS, SIS, and Interpol. EURODAC, SIS, and VIS compose the Schengen Zone security set up, and eu-LISA manages all of them and is also responsible for managing ETIAS procedure.

SIS enables Schengen nations to give the details regarding suspected criminals arriving in Europe, and stolen assets. The database aims to enhance security, promote cooperation among law execution organizations, as well as allow cooperation on the vehicle registering.

VIS facilitates the European Union visa plan by enabling Schengen Zone nations to interchange visa details via a central info unit. VIS gathers biometric data and keeps the whole data in the central database, as well as enables European nations to avoid fraudulent activities, keep visitors from facing information leaks, and improve security.

EURODAC function in combination with VIS and SIS, and consists of a fingerprint catalog that enables Schengen nations to recognize those who more across European borders illegally. This system compares fingerprints to records immediate identification of the visitors fingerprints each time they register for staying in the EU. It enables Schengen countries to regulate responsibility for investigative the individual requests of shelter pursuers.

For Malaysian nationals, an ETIAS visa will probably be rejected if applicants relate to some illegal doings that show up in the databases.

Schengen Visa to allow Lengthy Stay in Europe for Malaysians

Malaysian nationals, who want to travel to Europe for more than 90 days or other reasons beyond permitted by ETIAS visas like study or work, will have to register with a European Schengen visa.

Unlike ETIAS, this visa is effective for only one nation in the Schengen Zone. It is essential to register the Schengen visa through a consulate or embassy of the particular Schengen nation where the visitor wants to travel.

It is essential to schedule a meeting with a related consulate or embassy and gather documents such as:

  • A valid passport for Malaysia with at least two blank pages
  • Evidence of adequate finance to cover the whole stay in Europe
  • A finalized application form for Schengen visa for Malaysians
  • Copies of Schengen visas issued in past
  • Applicants recent passport-sized photograph with white background
  • Travel insurance with medical cover
  • Tickets for onward terminus or return flight tickets
  • Any lodging bookings from visitors for residence

Bilateral Contracts with European Union Nations

The bilateral contracts of Malaysia with different European nations enable Malaysian citizens to prolong their visit to European countries for over 90 days allowed by ETIAS.

Visitors having a valid Malaysian passport can get access to the following European countries without a visa for 3 additional months:

  • Denmark
  • The Netherlands (90 days)
  • Italy (90 days)
  • Iceland
  • Austria
  • Norway
  • Liechtenstein
  • Switzerland

The nations in the list below enable Malaysian nationals having a regular passport to take advantage of the bilateral contract:

  • Greece (for 30 days)
  • Czech Republic (for 90 days)
  • Sweden (for 3 months)
  • Slovakia (for 3 months)

Malaysian citizens having the below forms of passports are able to travel to Hungary without a visa for 90 more days:

  • Diplomatic
  • Ordinary
  • Official
  • Service

Diplomatic negotiations among the Malaysian government and the individual nations give rise to these agreements.

Note: Malaysian citizens who want to visit without a visa to any Schengen nations, are required to exit the Schengen Zone only through the same nation thanks to the bilateral agreement & arent permitted to exit its state territory while the submission of the agreement.

Malaysian ETIAS visa for transient Stay in the Schengen Zone

The ETIAS visa is a travel authorization that allows Malaysian citizens to enter and move freely in European Union nations within the Schengen Area. ETIAS permits multiple short-term stays of up to ninety days in each 180 day time and is effective for three years after the approval date. Thus, it is not essential to get ETIAS before each visit to the Area.

ETIAS officials suggest that Malaysian nationals should register for the ETIAS visa at least 3 days or 72 hours before the proposed entry date to the area to allow adequate time to process and approve the ETIAS visa waiver.

Schengen visa for Malaysian citizens doesnt ensure entry to Schengen nation: it only merely permits holders to visit Europe. The border immigration officers will finally decide about the entry and the supporting documents to get access to Europe includes:

  • Evidence of enough assets to cover the whole residence time within the Schengen Zone
  • Evidence of health or medical insurance along with a medical cover
  • Tickets to the further terminus or return flight tickets

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do Malaysian Citizens Need to Get a Visa to travel to Europe?

Currently, Malaysian citizens don’t have to get a visa to visit Schengen Member Nations in Europe. They can visit and stay in Europe without any visa for shorter times. However, towards late 2022, Malaysian nationals, who want to visit Schengen member nations, will have to get a Europe Travel Authorization visa. This visa will allow the holders to visit and stay for 90 days in Schengen Area.

Are Malaysian Nationals having a valid ETIAS visa Permitted to do a job in European countries

The answer is NO; visitors have to get a particular work or job visa for Europe. ETIAS only allows a short stay in member countries in Schengen Area. Citizens of Malaysia who want to do a job in Europe have to get a working visa for a specific country. The ETIAS visa waiver can only be used for business, transit, and tourism purposes. To obtain a permit for a job in European countries, Malaysian citizens are required to visit the European nation’s embassy or consulate where they want to do a job and must fulfill all the requirements. A working visa would be only specific for a particular country and visa holders won’t be able to do a job in any other nation in Europe. In simple words, each European country has different requirements and policies as far as obtaining an employment authorization is concerned.

Can Malaysians with a valid ETIAS visa, get an education in European countries?

Malaysian nationals having a valid ETIAS visa are not allowed to get an education in European countries. It is only valid for business, transit, and tourism purposes in the Schengen Zone. ETIAS allows visiting family and friends but doesn’t permit them to get enrolled in university or school.