I got my MACS (Malaysia Automated Clearance System) pass in Nov 2011. It is a sticker with an embedded Radio Frequency Identification (RFI) microchip and is applied on the last page of my passport.
With MACS, there is no need to fill in the white immigration card anymore. The passport will also not be stamped as the information is captured in the computer system by scanning the MACS pass. You can use your MACS pass at the immigration checkpoints at both the Causeway (in Johor Bahru) and at the Second Link (in Gelang Patah).
The application process was a breeze. I chanced upon the temporary counter set up at City Square by the Immigration Department. There was no queue at all, perhaps because it was a weekday. There was no need to fill any forms, or provide any photograph. They just take the required information and photo from my passport – which was a smart move.
There was a charge of RM30 for a year though.
Besides City Square, I have seen MACS application counters in Jusco at
After using the MACS pass several times in the past one month, I really appreciated its convenience especially when there were long queues at Immigration. However, there were only 3 MACS lanes with self service scanning machines at the arrival or departure hall and these were out of service a couple of times when I tried to use it.
Those times when I drove, I also didn’t find the dedicated MACS lane any faster than the normal lanes.
Nevertheless, not having to fill the white immigration card is a much appreciated convenience.
As at Oct 2011, about 100,000 Singaporeans have obtained the MACS pass. Malaysia Tourism is hoping that the number will grow to 2 million.
The MACS pass is open to
The latest and more information on MACS is available from the official website of the High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore.