What is the change? Malaysia has opened an eGate lane at the airport for foreigners holding Employment Passes and Dependent Passes.
What does the change mean? Foreign nationals who hold these passes can now use the eGate at Kuala Lumpur International Airport to avoid long queues.
- Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
- Visas/permits affected: Long-term passes such the Employment Pass and Dependent Pass.
- Who is affected: Foreign employees and their dependents.
- Impact on processing times: eGates provide faster lanes and shorter clearance procedures.
- Business impact: Foreign employees and dependents holding long-term passes will pass through airport checkpoints faster upon entry and exit.
Background: The Malaysian Immigration Department first proposed an eGate facility for foreigners holding long-term passes in December 2014. eGates use automated biometric recognition to speed entry and exit, enhance security and free up resources.
First-time users must register at the eGate counter after their travel documents are stamped with entry details. After registering, they may use the eGate lanes for subsequent travel. Currently, the eGate for foreigners holding long-term passes is only available at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
BAL Analysis: This facility will significantly speed up border procedures for eligible foreign nationals, while also diverting them to automated procedures and thus reducing queues for all foreign travelers entering the country.
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