Immigration: Over 40,000 foreigners barred from entering Malaysia this year

KUALA LUMPUR: The Immigration Department has barred 44,941 foreigners from entering Malaysia this year for failing to fulfil terms of entry.

"These terms include having a return ticket, accommodation, a valid passport, no blacklist records, proof of adequate finances for the visit and a valid Visa for visitors from countries required," said its director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud (pic).

"If the foreigner does not fulfil these requirements, we will issue the not-to-land (NTL) notice," he said in a statement on Thursday (Nov 28).

He said during the systems disruption at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport recently, his department used stricter measures to ensure that entry points were not compromised.

"During this period, we issued NTL notices to 365 individuals," he said, adding that from the 44,941 foreigners issued NTL notices between January and October this year, 20,676 were issued to Indonesians.

Others were India nationals (6,398), China nationals (4,793), Bangladeshis (3,155), and Myanmar nationals (2,445).

He added that to ensure security at the entry points, the Home Ministry has allocated RM20mil for installation of closed-circuit television systems from January next year.

"Our department will also enhance integration of our Stolen and Lost Travel Document (SLTD) database system to ensure that passport data that is reported missing is shared to the whole world and can be tracked in case it is used at any entry point across the globe.

"The SLTD database will also hinder abuse of passports reported lost or stolen," he said.

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