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Travellers in and out of Malaysia now required to fill in customs form

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Travellers arriving in or leaving Malaysia are now required to fill up customs declaration forms, says Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM).

According to CAAM chief executive officer Datuk Capt Chester Voo, the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD) had through a letter dated 5 September stated that the declaration of Customs Form No. 7 (K7) is a requirement under Section 103 of the Custom Act 1967.

“Notwithstanding anything in this Act contained, 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.”

“Under Regulation no. 55 of the Customs Regulation 2019, every traveller or other person arriving in or leaving Malaysia shall declare in Form Customs No.7 in the Third Schedule,” he said.

It is understood that the practice has been stopped for many years but the Customs Department did not give any reason for the resumption.

With this, Voo said all airlines entering Malaysia had been asked to announce the requirement to all passengers on board.

“To comply with the provisions of this legislation for passengers arriving in Malaysia by air, RMCD requests the cooperation of all airlines entering Malaysia to make announcements to all passengers on the requirement to fill up Form K7 and to submit it to the duty officer of customs at the airport,” he said.

According to the announcement, it is said that every arriving traveller is required to declare all dutiable and prohibited goods as well as currencies or other monetary instruments of a total amount exceeding US$10,000 (≈RM45,000) in their possession.

“The declaration shall be made by using Customs Form No 7 and to be submitted at the customs department (RMCD) examination checkpoint. Customs Form No. 7 is available at the RMCD counter.”

“Any false declarations or failure to declare is an offence under Malaysian law,” it reads.

Before this directive came into immediate effect, all passengers were only required to verbally declare dutiable goods, prohibited items or any amount above US$10,000 (≈RM45,000) to the customs officers. Some passengers are also picked out for random checks.

The authorities also said that random compliance checks will be carried out.

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