The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has announced that travellers arriving in or leaving Malaysia are now required to complete customs declaration forms.
CAAM CEO Chester Voo said: “Every passenger or other person arriving in or leaving Malaysia shall declare all dutiable or prohibited goods in his possession, either on his person or in any baggage or in any vehicle, to the proper officer of customs.”
No reasons were given for the resumption of this practice which was stopped many years ago.
Voo added that all airlines entering Malaysia had been asked to announce the requirement to passengers on board in both English and Malay.
However, it is unclear if every passenger has to fill up the form or only those who carry dutiable goods or money amounting to more than US$10,000.
Prior to this directive, all passengers were only required to verbally declare dutiable goods, prohibited items or any amount above US$10,000 to the customs officers, with some passengers picked out for random checks.