Malaysia Intra Sovereign's Restricted Travel Document
Intra-sovereign territory travelling from Peninsular Malaysia to East Malaysia, as well as traveling between Sabah and Sarawak by non-citizens (foreigners) or by Malaysian citizens are regulated and require immigration formality as it was agreed in two separate agreements when Sabah and Sarawak were to join with the Federation of Malaya into forming Malaysia.

For foreigners, valid passports are needed. Entry into these two states by Malaysians would require either identity card, Malaysian International Passport (MIP) or Restricted Travel Document (RTD). However, Malaysian citizens who are resident in Sabah or Sarawak are exempt from their own and peninsular immigration control. 

Restricted Travel Documents are required by West Malaysian citizens who have no ties to any of the Borneo states of Sabah or Sarawak as these two states were given special privileges to retain and to control their own immigration during the formation of Malaysia in 1963.
Point 6: Immigration

Control over immigration into any part of Malaysia from outside should rest with the Central Government but entry into North Borneo should also require the approval of the State Government. The Federal Government should not be able to veto the entry of persons into North Borneo for State Government purposes except on strictly security grounds. North Borneo should have unfettered control over the movements of persons other than those in Federal Government employ from other parts of Malaysia into North Borneo.

Kawalan ke atas imegresen ke mana-mana bahagian Malaysia daripada luar hendaklah berada dalam kuasa kerajaan persekutuan tetapi kemasukan ke Sarawak hendaklah juga mendapat kebenaran daripada kerajaan negeri. Kerajaan persekutuan tidak boleh membatalkan kemasukan sesiapa ke Sarawak untuk tujuan kerajaan negeri kecuali atas alasan keselamatan yang kukuh. Sarawak hendaklah mempunyai kawalan yang tidak terbatas terhadap pergerakan manusia, kecuali kakitangan kerajaan persekutuan.

The special privilege held that these two Borneo states may impose a restriction on West Malaysian citizen's right of entry into their territory, respectively. West Malaysian citizen shall not be entitled to enter an East Malaysian States without having obtained a pass.

A long-term residence would require a Restricted Travel Document for a stay of more than 3 months.
Peninsular Sabah Sarawak

However, entry from Sarawak into Sabah for a purpose longer than three months would require an RTD.


This document is not deemed as a passport, although colloquially known as Blue Passport (Pasport Biru) among the people. It allows the holder to stay up to 90 days. Those with Work Permit (or other permit) will also need this document in order to stay beyond permitted 90 days to have the permission officially recorded.

Only Malaysian citizens are eligible to apply for a restricted travel document. Applicant must fill the form Imm. 42 - Pin 1/97 and it costs RM5.00

Because of the document holder's photo is being glued on the document without a lamination, the immigration department has a special requirement regarding photo coating.


Permanent residency in the states of Sabah and Sarawak are distinct from the other 11 Malaysian states. While Sabah and Sarawak each has autonomy in immigration affairs (which includes imposing immigration restrictions on Peninsular Malaysia residents), permanent residents of Sabah and Sarawak are exempted from the immigration controls of their own states. A Malaysian citizen born to a Sabah or Sarawak permanent resident would have Sabah or Sarawak permanent residency, regardless of where the person was born.

Birth in Sabah or Sarawak alone does not make a person a permanent resident unless one of his/her parents is a permanent resident. A person may become a Sabah or Sarawak permanent resident by obtaining Permanent Residence (PR) status issued by the respective state immigration departments. The permanent residency status of a person is indicated by a letter on his/her MyKad below the photo, with H for Sabahans, K for Sarawakians, and none for Peninsular Malaysians. A similar scheme is also used inMalaysian passports, differentiated by the letter prefix of the passport number : H for Sabahans, K for Sarawakians, and A for Peninsular Malaysians.


Work permits issued for peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak are not valid when moving between territories.


Predominant Colour Cover: Blue
Pages: Soft-green
Watermark Coat of Arms of the Federation of Malaysia
Page Description
Front Cover Document's Name


Country's Name

Golden hot foil stamping.
Front Cover - Interior Side Notes regarding document's purpose and validity
Page 1 Document's Number
Document's Number
Country's Name
Page 2 Passport Holder's Information
Page 3 Passport Holder's Photo
Passport Holder's Signature
Issuing Office
Page 4 Accompanying Children Information
Page 5 Accompanying Children Photo
Page 6 Issuing Office
Document Validity
Page 7 Observations
Page 8 to 64 Empty, meant for immigration stampings/additional observations
Back Cover - Interior Side / Endpaper Notes & Regulations


The document was printed only in Malay.


Only for travel into and outward of the state of Sabah or Sarawak. The document will not needed to be counter stamped when the holder is back to the Peninsular.

One situations may arise, for example: travelling from West Malaysia into East Malaysia and outward to another third country.


Interior side of the front cover.
1. Dokumen ini tidak sah untuk perjalanan ke tempat-tempat di luar Malaysia atau dari tempat-tempat di luar Malaysia. Ia dikeluarkan bagi kemudahan perjalanan pemegangnya dari suatu bahagian daripada Malaysia ke suatu bahagian lain daripadanya.

2. Bagi kebanyakan hal pemegang dokumen ini akan berkehendakkan suatu Permit atau Pas untuk memasuki Negeri Sabah dan Sarawak, melainkan jika ia adalah "orang" Negeri itu.

Untuk menjadi "orang" Negeri itu seseorang mestilah sama ada seorang yang bermastautin tetap (atau seorang yang telah bermastautin tetap dalam tempoh dua tahun yang lalu) atau yang memperolehi kewarganegaraannya oleh sebab perhubungan-perhubungan tertentu dan yang ditetapkan dengan Negeri itu.

3. Walau bagaimanapun, pemegang dokumen ini akan dibenarkan memasuki Semenanjung Malaysia dan akan dibenarkan tinggal dalam Semenanjung Malaysia tanpa had tempohnya.

4. Melainkan dikecualikan, pemegang dokumen ini adalah dikehendaki supaya mematuhi kehendak-kehendak Akta Imigresen 1959/63 berkenaan dengan tempat-tempat masuk yang dibenarkan, penyoalan apabila tiba, dsb.

5. Seseorang anak pemegang dokumen ini yang berumur hingga dua-belas tahun bolehlah dimasukkan dalam dokumen ini.

Interior side of the back cover.
Ini adalah suatu dokumen yang amat dihargai dan ia tidak boleh diubah dengan apa cara jua pun, dan-juga tidak boleh dibenarkan jatuh ke tangan orang yang tidak diberikuasa.

Jika dokumen ini hilang atau binasa, pemegangnya hendaklah/melaporkan fakta dan keadaan-keadaan kehilangan atau-Pkebinasaan itu kepada Pejabat Imigresen yang berdekatan sekali dalam Malaysia dan membuat suatu laporan kepada Polis tempatan.

Permohonan untuk mendapat suatu gantian bolehlah dibuat kepada Pejabat Imigresen di mana kehilangan atau kebinasaan itu dilaporkan; tetapi gantian bagi sesuatu DOKUMEN PERJALANAN TERHAD yang hilang, akan dibuat hanya selepas siasatan sepenuhnya dijalankan dan, jika kehilangan itu berlaku di luar Negeri di mana dokumen itu dikeluarkan, hanya selepas rujukan kepada Negeri itu.

Dokumen ini tidak boleh dikirimkan dengan pos ke luar Malaysia.

Dokumen ini bolehlah dibaharui di mana-mana Pejabat Imigresen dalam Malaysia.