Malaysia Automated Clearance System (MACS)

If you live in Johor Bahru and work in Singapore (or have some other need to commute frequently, student etc.) you would fill up your passport quickly if you got stamps in your passport for each entry and exit.

The Malaysia Automated Clearance System (MACS) uses a sticker (with embedded with a RFID chip) that is attached to the passport and scanned upon entry and departure from Malaysia. So this removes the Malaysian stamps.

MACS has been developed to cater to non-Malaysian investors, business persons and professionals. A Malaysian sponsor company is required. Working for a business in Iskandar that also required you to work in Singapore would likely qualify. This requirement is stated in some places but seems to be ignored often especially for those with a Singapore passport (which makes sense, say you are just someone who lives in Singapore and has a weekend home in JB shouldn’t you be able to use MACS?).

You can apply and receive your MACS sticker at the main Johor Bahru CIQ (ask when you are there I can’t find a direct link on their web site).

Enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS) brochure

Singapore has the Enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS) for Singapore citizens, permanent residents and Long Term Pass holders and Work pass holders. See the link for various conditions. It might only be available for those with Malaysian, USA, UK, Chinese or Australian passports (I am not sure on this part).

Please add your comments on your experience or suggestions related to commuting between Singapore and Johor Bahru.

Related: Timeline for Extending Singapore’s MRT to Johor Bahru Slips Into 2020, or BeyondTaking the Bus from Johor Bahru to SingaporeOnline Resources for Living in Johor BahruSingapore and Iskandar Malaysia

12 thoughts on “Malaysia Automated Clearance System (MACS)

  1. Hello,

    I am an expat here in Malaysia holding an Employment Pass, currently residing in Masai. I would like to apply for MACS for a weekly visit to my wife who is living and working in Singapore. Will I be eligible for MACS?

    1. Hi Paulo,
      I’m also in a similar situation as your’s, would appreciate if you have any valuable point to share regarding this. Please advise if you were able to sort the issue.
      Thank you.

  2. I am a moroccan working in aingapore but stayed in jb. I work 6 days a week. But i didin’t get to apply macs just because i am considered african continents. Is there any other ways ? I am in a difficult position as i dont have a place in singapore to stay..and if i were to renew my passport it would take 3 months … pls advice.

  3. This is really unfair,i went to renew my macs for 3rd time,i been shocked of the non eligibility of my Moroccan entitled of 90 days free visa to Malaysia and a Singapore resident and often visit JB at weekends .they ban all African continent countries from applying without stating any exceptions for those who are staying permanently in Singapore .hope the Malasiyan Gov make rules more flexible fore those who are frecquenting johore or Singapore often and they have a permanent status as residents.

  4. As at now, Year 2017, are we (Singaporean) must do MACS entry permit at Orchard Singapore only? i do have a property in JB. Nusajaya right now. if only in JB or Singapore. what documents should i bring over? thanks!

  5. HI
    I’m a British Expat working in Singapore but living in JB. I got rejected for a MACS pass in November last year as they said I was crossing the border too often and was living in Malaysia. Is this normal? I’ve had 3 previous MACS passes 2 from CIQ and one from Third Link

    Is it worth retrying the application?

    Does anybody have any advice?

  6. Hi – this site is fantastic.

    So I have a long term pass in Singapore (because my wife is Singaporean) and I’m employed out of Singapore, but I want to reside in KL (only KL) for a few weeks while working from home. Can I apply for this MACS? I’m paying all taxes in Singapore, etc.

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