The answer is YES!
For Malaysians, you have to get a Chinese visa. There are a few different options of visa types; if you are just passing through you can get a 24 hour transit visa (only valid if you come in through an international airport) or otherwise your average tourist visa. You will need these things:
- Visa Form (can be filled in here)
- Two (2) pieces of passport size color photo (against a white background)
- Original Passport
- Supporting document eg copy of flight ticket, Itinerary or hotel booking
- Visa fees to be paid in cash or card upon submission.
- Single Entry - RM104.20
- Double Entries - RM124.20
- Further fees for different passport types here
Submission : Monday - Friday (9am until 3pm)
Collection: Monday - Friday (2.30 pm until 4.00 pm)
Download the application form (which can be found online here) and head over to:
Chinese Visa Application Service Centre (KL)
Level 5 & 6, Hampshire Place Office,
Jalan Mayang Sari,
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603- 2176 0888
Head up to the fifth floor and get a number. They have a booth inside to take your passport photos and make photocopies of relevant documents if you haven't done that before. It was quite efficient when I went, I probably waited about twenty minutes for my number to be called, dropped off my documents and was given a receipt with a collection number on it.
It usually takes 3-4 working days (although they generally recommend a leeway of two weeks), and the collection process was equally easy - head up to the sixth floor, grab a number and wait to pick up the passport and visa. Payment is made on pickup.
I found the whole process quite easy and straightforward - definitely a far cry from how complicated it used to be. Now the systems are computerized it's made things a lot easier for sure, but like all visas, don't take your chances at the last minute.