Clearing in & out of Langkawi is easy, no hassle, and it is free of charge.

The Officials are helpful and will not ask for your money.

If you have been in Thailand before and had a bad experience there - relax.
Also, unlike Thailand, there is NO LIMIT for the length of stay for your boat.
(See full comments on this below).

If you approach Langkawi from the east and arrive near Kuah, go to Jetty Point, 
(where ferries depart for Penang, Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis and Satun)  

If you approach from the west, you can clear in at Telaga Harbour Park.
(The headquarters of Immigration is also situated there).

It makes no difference which location you use to check in, or check out.
Both are efficient and free of charge. (See open/close days & times below)

The correct sequence for clearing IN at Kuah is:        

#1. Harbor Master.  #2. Customs.  #3. Immigration.

Note: The sequence in Kuah for clearing OUT is
the same, but  NOT in Telaga.  Please check below.

All 3 are free of charge and in the same building
in Jetty Point near Kuah, a short distance from the
RLYC and easy to reach in dinghy from Kuah Bay.
Upon arrival you will need the following items:
Passport - Crew list - Port Clearance from last port.

Harbour Master:   Tel: 04-966 6134
(First floor)..... Open every day 0800 -1730
(Ground floor) Open every day 0630 -1900

(Ground floor) Open every day 0800 1900

The stay in Langkawi for your boat is not limited
and is free of charge (if under 15 BRT). If more,
you pay a one time 'Port-Handling Fee' of RM5.
Citizens of most western countries will get a visa
for 90 days. (Note: NOT 3 months).

See also Living in Langkawi/Visa.        

harbour master




Langkawi Gazette Immigration TelagaCorrect sequence in Talaga depends if
you're checking IN or OUT (see below)

Checking IN:
# 1. Immigration (Groud Floor)
# 2. Harbour Master (1st floor)
# 3. Customs (Ground Floor)
Checking OUT:
# 1. Harbour Master (1st floor)
# 2. Customs (Ground Floor)
# 3. Immigration (Groud Floor)

Opening days & Times:

 Immigration:  For clearance: ....
 For general enquiries only >>     

   Open every day.       
   Closed Sun & hols.
 Harbour Master:
 Tel: 04-959 4016
 (Good idea to ring first)

   Open every day

   Closed Public hols.


   Saturday - Thursday
   Friday & Saturday

 0800-1300 & 1400-1900
 0800-1200 & 1445-1900

All three are free of charge and in the same building at Telaga Harbour Marina.
(The yellow one with the clock tower).

The above question has a two part answer: 

Firstly, for your yacht.

According to the Harbour Master there is NO LIMIT.
That may vary for marinas, depending whether your account is paid up to date. This particularly applies in Rebak, where some people leave their boat in the water, or haul out and just pay a couple of months in advance and go home.
Then through whatever circumstances, it's left for an extended period, without paying any further rent. That's when the two year limit, (that some people have heard of), comes into play and Rebak will then want the account paid in full....

Otherwise, if a boat is in the water, or on the hard and fees are kept up to date, a marina will not care how long you're there. In fact, as far as they're concerned - the longer the better. There are many examples of live-aboard people who stay permanently in marinas or free anchorages for many years without a 'length of stay' problem. However, these rulings can change and sometimes it's simply up to interpretation of rules by an official. If that's ever a problem, you can sail to Thailand and come back to start a new length of stay...whatever that may be.

Secondly, for your personal visa:

The second part of the answer is very different. Your personal length of stay is governed by your status at the time of entering Malaysia. Most times it's on the basis, for most foreigners, of being stamped in for a 90 day tourist visa or longer if on a MM2H (Malaysia My Second Home) program, or if the holder of a work permit.

Be aware that the 3 monthly "visa run" idea is now coming under a lot more scrutiny by Immigration and the days of just doing a quick two way ferry ride to Satun and back on the same day are numbered. At best, you may be told that "This is the last time" and at worst you may be told to stay away for several days or weeks/months before re-entering. At the moment it's a random 'case by case' situation and depends on which officer is on duty on the day.

And be doubly aware that 'overstay' of a visa is now being treated very seriously.
If in doubt on this matter, read the following letter with the title:

Don't Overstay Your Visa - Or You Will Go To Prison !!


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