Although Sarawak has power over its own immigration law, tourist and visitors are subject to similar laws in accordance to the Malaysian Immigration law.
Kuching, being a division in Sarawak therefore follows the same ruling.
Typically, visa is issued by the Malaysian Government to foreign nationals to enter Malaysia (and Kuching) on social or business visit.
You must possess a valid National Passport or International recognized travel document to enter Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. You can also use a Document in Lieu which you can apply from Malaysian Representative Office abroad.
This section tells you about the different Malaysia visas available, depending on which country you travel from, the purpose of your trip and the length of your stay.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS INTO KUCHING, MALAYSIA
Every person entering Kuching, Malaysia must possess a valid national Passport or internationally recognized Travel Document valid for travelling to Malaysia. If you wo not own such document, you must obtain a Document in lieu of Passport.
An application for the Document in lieu of Passport can be made at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad. Holders of Travel Documents such as Certificate of Identity, Laisser Passer, Titre de Voyage, Permanent Residence Certificate must ensure that their passage to the country of origin is assured.
The documents must be valid for more than six (6) months from the date of entry.
A visitor is also required to prove his financial ability to stay in Malaysia and possess a confirmed return travel ticket or a travel ticket to a third country.
Any person classified under Section 8 of Immigration Act 1959/63 will not be allowed to enter Malaysia even though he/she is in possession of a valid Passport or Travel Document, Visa, travel ticket and sufficient funds.