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1. Posted by gem147 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi there. I will be crossing by bus from Singapore to Malaysia and am worried that my passport might not be stamped at the border and that I'll have issues when I fly out of KL Airport trying to prove the date I came in. Has anyone done this or have any suggestions?

2. Posted by SassyKitty (Budding Member 46 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I've done this crossing before, and my passport was stamped, even though I didn't request it.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3891 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I would have thought it would get stamped, but you can request it if not. It's a common border crossing and I haven't heard of anyone having any issues after crossing at that border.

4. Posted by gem147 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys - I feel much better : )

5. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Singapore and Malaysia are separate countries, so you'll definitely get a stamp of departure from Singapore and a stamp of entry from Malaysia. At the border you'll have to alight from your bus, go through customs control, then board your bus again.

6. Posted by hyperlemo1 (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

It'd be hard not to get a stamp!! this boarder crossing is very organised as with everything relating to sngapore is!
No need to worry :) oh and remember to take all your luggage of the bus at both the singapore and malasian sides cos u very rarley get the same bus again

7. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I did the crossing by train and your passport isn't stamped. I think by bus it is. But when crossing into the Thai border they accepted the stamp on the KTM Train ticket and noted it on the exit stamp out of Malaysia.

Maybe its the train crossing and this happening that you've heard of ??

If the passport isn't stamped just make sure you dont lose that bus ticket !

Enjoy the journey

8. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 415 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

That happened to me, too. I went by train from Singapore to Malaysia, and they didn't stamp my passport. Then, trying to return to Singapore (by bus), they asked for my train ticket at Malaysian customs (exiting). I'd thrown it away, not realizing I needed to keep it. Long story- but it was a difficult couple of hours sorting it out.

If you don't get a passport stamp, be sure to keep your bus ticket.

9. Posted by Vorks (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

easiest advice - get it stamped! :)

technically they are supposed to stamp it, but sometimes they DO forget. What happens at customs is u get off the bus, go to the customs, the customs pple check through your passport, stamp it, give it back.

What you need to do is check that its stamped. If not, walk back and request they stamp it. (has happened to my friend before, he walked back to get it stamped)

Else like what madpoet say, you are going to spend a couple of hours sorting it out.

Gd luck gem!

10. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Entering Malaysia by train:

The reason why your passport was not stamped by the Malaysian Immigration when you travelled into Malaysia by train is due to the technicality of the immigration process and the historical relations of Malaysia and Singapore.

Under a 1918 colonial ordinance, a strip of land covering over 217 hectares and stretching 20 to 30 kilometres into Singapore territory was acquired and leased to the Railway Administration for 999 years for railway use. Singapore was previously part of Malaysia, and when they parted in 1965, there was no border control. As the railway belongs to federal government, Malaysia owns the lease on the railway land in Singapore. When border control was established, the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) for rail travel of both countries was set up at the railway station in Singapore.

Singapore, running out of land to develop, arranged with the Malaysian government in 1990 to end rail services to the city centre and jointly develop the land where the 1932 art deco station is located. The CIQ will be moved to the actual border at the causeway. Singapore built a new CIQ building for rail and road transport at the causeway/border. Before the new CIQ starts operations, there were a few issues which both countries could not resolve. Because of this and the disadvantaged position of jointly developing the land with Singapore, Malaysia detracted from the arrangement. It maintained its CIQ at the railway station when Singapore went ahead with moving its CIQ to the new building. This put the Malaysian CIQ in an odd spot. The Malaysian immigration cannot proceed with giving entry stamps on passports before the Singapore immigration gives the exit stamp/clearance. So the Malaysian immigration decided to make an exception of not giving entry stamps on the passport for rail travellers going into Malaysia. Instead, the entry stamp will be given on the visitor portion of the immigration disembarkation card. For travellers leaving Malaysia by train, they have no choice but to move the immigration clearance process back to Malaysia.

Travellers taking the train from Singapore to Malaysia must retain the immigration disembarkation card, not the train ticket, as a prove of entering Malaysia or you'll face problem when leaving the country.

Entering Malaysia by bus:

If you're entering by bus, the immigration clearance is per usual practice and you will definitely get an entry stamp on your passport. However, the Malaysian immigration sometimes allow free flow/entry while monitoring the movement and do selective checks during rush hours to quickly clear the thousands of locals commuting back from work in Singapore. If you happen to encounter this, don't simply walk past like the locals who only have to wave their passports at the immigration officers. Unless you look like a local, you'll stood out amongst the many and they will stop you from simply walking past. Anyway, the new CIQ building in Malaysia has just started operations this week, and I don't know if that free flow practice was continued there.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 19, 2008, at 5:58 PM by Hien ]