Repatriation Of Deceased Persons To Malaysia

Repatriation of the remains of a deceased person to Malaysia is the responsibility of a funeral director acting under International Airline Regulations.
The Malaysian High Commission's role is limited to receiving a copy of the Death Certificate of the deceased issued by the Australian State or Territory authority which has been attested as an authentic document by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs.  The High Commission will then endorse and return the death certificate to the respective party.

In addition, the High Commission requires a copy of the deceased's passport.

Different rules apply for the repatriation of a body or the ashes of a deceased person.

Only citizens of Malaysia may be buried in Malaysia. Permission has to be sought from the Department of Home Affairs for the repatriation and burial of a former Malaysian citizen in Malaysia.

When a death occurs in Australia, a death certificate is produced by a doctor. The doctor also provides a letter stating that the deceased did not die from any infectious disease. The funeral director can then commence the process of repatriation.

In the event that a post mortem is to be held to determine the death of the person, there may be delay in releasing the body to the funeral director. Post mortems are conducted twice a week and the Coroner generally releases the body the day after the post mortem takes place and a coroner certificate is issued. The funeral director can then make preparations for the return of the remains.

The funeral director arranges the flight with the airline and liaises with a funeral director in Malaysia to receive the remains on arrival.


In relation to the cremation of a deceased person, which may take place between within 3 to 7 days after the death, the ashes (together with the Death Certificate and Cremation Certificate certified by Department of Foreign Affairs in your state), can be taken back to Malaysia by a family member/relative after the appropriate procedures have been completed. 

Filming In Malaysia

Application to be made by foreign artists/film producers to perform or film in Malaysia

Permission should be sought from the Information Ministry through a local sponsor with the following details.

  • Application letter from the company
  • Letter from Malaysian sponsor
  • Company profile
  • Synopsis of performance/film
  • Flight details of entry exit
  • Details of film crew members
  • Copies of passports of crew
  • List of production equipment to be brought into Malaysia.



Work Permit

A person wishing to work in Malaysia cannot apply for a work permit. Their prospective employer must apply on their behalf for permission to employ them, providing details of their experience, nationality, passport . If approved, the Immigration Department will issue a letter advising the employer that the person can be employed usually for a period of up to two years . The employer then writes to the prospective employee advising him/her that the application has been approved. The person then can arrive in Malaysia and have his/her passport endorsed with the work permit. 

The permission to work is tied to a particular job. It is not a right to work generally in Malaysia.  Once the job is completed the permit lapses.

The spouse and dependents of the applicant enjoy the same rights to reside and enter and leave Malaysia as the successful applicant.  For more information, visit

Sailing To Malaysia

On arrival at the first authorized port of call in Malaysia the master of a yacht must clear Customs, Immigration and the Health Department (if quarantine procedures are required). The Harbour Master must be contacted to supply the Certificate of Registry of the vessel, Safety Certificate, Radio Certificate, Life Saving Appliances Certificate, Crew and Passenger List and details of Last Port of Clearance.

Major ports like Penang, Tanjung Pelopas (Johor), Klang and Langkawi remain open 24 hours a day.

Sarawak and Sabah have their own procedures (different from Peninsula Malaysia) that must be followed when entering or leaving ports in these States.

For more information, visit Marine
Department of Malaysia at










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