MALAYSIA: Permission To Work – Social Visit Pass (PTW-SVP)

October 6, 2022

The Malaysian authorities have announced from 3 October 2022, travelers could be granted permission to work in Malaysia whilst holding a Social Visit Pass. The permission is the completion of short-term critical work in Malaysia.

The following conditions will apply:

  • Maximum period that the traveler can perform their short-term assignment will be 30 days
  • Sponsoring company must be registered in one of the following sectors:
  • Education
  • Information, Technology & Communications
  • Commodity
  • Security & Defence
  • Health & Medical
  • Finance & Banking
  • Agriculture & Farming
  • Tourism
  • Factory, Manufacturing and Construction
  • Consulting/Business Services
  • Wholesale & Retail
  • Oil, Gas& Energy
  • Traveler must be outside of Malaysia when the application for the PTW-SVP is submitted
  • Travelers who require a visa to enter Malaysia, must have secured an entry visa prior to arrival

The expected processing time for the PTW-SVP is 3 working days from the date of submission, and once approved, the PTW-SVP will be granted for 30 days upon arrival in Malaysia.

No in-country extensions will be granted, therefore the work assignment in Malaysia cannot exceed 30 says.

Newland Chase Insights

The introduction of the PTW-SVP is a welcome alternative to current permits for short term work, including the Professional Visit Pass. Whilst the PTW-SVP is limited in validity, it does have a faster processing time compared to the current processing time of 6-8 weeks for the Professional Visit Pass.

As this is a new permit, it is possible that the Malaysian authorities may implement changes to the process and/or conditions.


This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.