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Passport and Travel Document
Malaysia Passport is an official document issued by a government,
certifying the holder's identity and citizenship and entitling them to
travel under its protection to and from foreign countries and recognised
as a travel document by the Government of Malaysia.
Possession of Passport/Travel Document
The passport / travel document is the property of the Government of
Malaysia and may be withdrawn at any time if the Immigration Department is
satisfied that the passport / travel document has been misused and
contravenes the Passport Act 1966. The holder is fully responsible for the
security of the passport / travel document.
Damaged Passport/Travel Document
Request for a new passport can be made at the nearest
by submitting an application for a replacement passport and the approval
will depend on the decision of the Immigration Department.
ICAO Version of the Malaysian Passport
1. The E-passport version of the International Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO) was launched by the Minister of Home Affairs Dato 'Seri
Hishammuddin Tun Hussein on February 2, 2010.
2. ICAO is a specialised agency established in 1947 under the United
Nations (UN), based in Montreal, Canada. ICAO is given the mandate by the
UN to establish and prescribe standards and specifications of the
International Passport that must be followed by member countries.
3. ICAO standards refer to the specifications and standards for travel
document in order to monitor movement in / out at national borders.
4. ICAO standards for passport applications are:
i. Data arrangement - increase space for filling data
ii. Biometric Format - change from a private system (propriety) to open
iii. Images - higher resolution for more accurate face recognition
iv. Certification of documents - transition from the
Secured Access Module (SAM) to the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) - the
data contained in the electronic chip can be read by other countries.
v. ICAO new passport design version:
a) Contains 48 pages
b) Passport holder’s personal information on page 2.
c) Signature space on page 3.
d) Information for passport holder on page 47
e) Each visa page has images of buildings or landmarks of Malaysia
5. Implementation of the ICAO e-passport version is essential to enhance
the security features, operational efficiency and effectiveness of the
e-passport system as a whole.
6. The need to shift from the current e-passport to the ICAO e-passport
version is to:
i. improve the security of travel documents;
ii. ensure uniformity of travel documents of ICAO member countries
iii. curb and prevent Malaysian passport forgery.
iv. prevent theft and protect the identity of the people of Malaysia (the
chip can not be falsified);
v. provide a more efficient method in screening high-risk travellers to
vi. ensure more free-flowing service to genuine travellers.
7. Implementation of the ICAO e-passport version allows people to enjoy
the benefits of the service delivery system more efficiently. It ensures
smooth mobility of Malaysian citizens at international entry points.
Documents that have ‘interoperability' confirm the authenticity or
validity of the passport holder’s information. Travellers can enjoy the
convenience of the e-service and automated inspection door (auto gate)
prepared by the ICAO member countries around the world. (Countries that
provide such facilities).