Pat (December 2020)
Hi, I am staying in Langkawi more than 48 hours. Just want to find out if you know about carry on luggage with duty free liquor is allowed? I am flying Air Asia to Penang. Thanks.
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) December 2020
Hi, Yes, it's allowed if you purchase the duty-free liquor at the airport. Sometimes they deliver the stuff to you at the flight and don't let you hand carry it through immigration/customs.
Kevin (October 2020)
If I buy Duty free Wines from Duty Free Shops inside Langkawi and not in the Airport, Can I self carry them into my Flight or Plane? Not Checking it into my Suitcase. Thanks
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) October 2020
No, you can't. You need to keep that into your checked-in baggage. If you want to hand carry, you need to buy the liquor from the airport's dutyfree store.
Yip (October 2020)
If I want to bring back more than 1 litre of alcohol to KL from Langkawi, can I just pay tax on the excess? How much is tax? Am flying into Subang airport KL. Appreciate your feedback.
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) October 2020
Yes, you can bring excess over the dutyfree limit of 1-litre of alcohol by paying duty/tax on the extra amount. You should declare the excess. The tax applicable for Malaysia for excess alcohol is 30% of the purchase value, so keep the receipt.
Jordan wfk (August 2020)
Hi, I am currently on outstation posting in Langkawi and I shall be back to KL once a month. So my question is, can I buy liquor and take it back to KL by flight? I am staying in company rented house and the company is registered in KL.
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) August 2020
Yes, as per duty-free limits of Malaysia, you can take back one liter of alcohol at a time.
Nur (June 2020)
Hello, If I want to make day trip to Langkawi (catch the earliest morning flight to Langkawi and the latest night flight out of Langkawi), will I be levied tax/duty on items that I buy from the duty free shops there? What if my purchases value does not exceed RM1000? I'm thinking to buy chocolates and kitchen items there. Thanks in advance.
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) June 2020
Hello, yes you can buy such duty-free items and bring back without paying duty provided the purchases are limited to RM1000. The minimum 48-hours limit is set for duty-free liquor and tobacco, and not for other items.
Hitoka Achumi (November 2019)
Hi Raj. Your blog has been very helpful and I'm having a great time here in Langkawi, thanks to your tips and informations! I have a question regarding liquor and perfume. I'm an Indian citizen. Will be flying back to Kuala Lumpur (4days stay) and return to India from KL. I wanted to know how much liquor I can bring from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur? Thank you
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) November 2019
Hi, duty free limit within Malaysia for alcohol is 1 Liter and that's all what you can bring back to KL officially without declaring or paying duties.
Ivan (September 2019)
Hi, we are planning to go to Langkawi by car and taking Jetty in Alor Setar. We are planning to spend in Langkawi about 1 week and would like to bring alcohol and chocolate back to KL as we are working in KL, btw we are expats. So I'm just curious how many liters of Alcohol and how many kilo of Chocolate we (2 of us) can bring back if we are planning to go by car from KL to Langkawi and back? Please advise.
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) September 2019
Hi, the first guideline to remember is that you can purchase up to 1,000rm worth of duty free stuff per person while in Langkawi (carry your passport which is used to track duty free purchases). Officially Malaysia's duty free alcohol limit is 1 litre per person, so two of you can take back 2 litres. There is no such limits set for chocolates as long as you keep your total purchase of duty free stuffs within 1,000rm per person.
Joshua Madhukar (August 2019)
Is 48 hrs stay in Langkawi required to carry duty free liquor out of the island. I'll be landing in Langkawi on 02 Aug around 0930 pm and depart Langkawi on 05 Aug at 0900 hrs morning. My query is should I buy duty free alcohol immediately after landing on 02 Aug or if I buy from a duty free shop in town on 04 Aug, will I be allowed to carry it out of the island. Thanks.
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) August 2019
You can buy anytime during your stay in Langkawi. It's about stay time in the island and not the time past after you buy the alcohol.
Santanu Nag (July 2019)
1. You have noted that shops usually prefer cash and offer 10-12% discount on cash purchase. Do they treat cash cards as cash and offer similar discount? 2. What do they prefer : Ringgit or USD ? I am visiting lankawi in August , I shall be carrying $ cash card and Ringgit by way of cash. Your blog has been very useful for a first time traveller like me. Thank you very much.
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) July 2019
Cash card won't be treated as cash and may not be accepted in many retail outlets. They prefer ringgit but several of them can also accept US$ although they will work the conversion in their favor.
Kavita (February 2019)
Hi, I read your post and noted the requirement of a minimum 48 hours stay in Langkawi to buy duty free alcohol back to KL. We are staying in Langkawi for 3 nights then leaving for Koh Lipe for 3 nights before returning to Langkawi for 1 night. I wonder if I could purchase my alcohol on the second leg of my journey (1 night) as I have already stayed in Langkawi > 48 hours on the first leg? Would you have any advice on this?
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) February 2019
Hi, technically you are not eligible to bring alcohol from Langkawi on your second visit, because eligibility is considered based on your current visit and not your previous visits.
Phuong Anh (January 2019)
Can I ask if we can pay by RM at the duty free shops in Langkawi?
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) January 2019
Yes, of course. In fact RM is preferred.
Masha (November 2018)
I am going to visit Langkawi for 4days 3nights, from what I understood from ur explanation, does it mean that I can bring 5litres of alcohol back to KL?
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) November 2018
No, you can not. It is clearly mentioned that the amount is finally determined by the limit set by your home country where you are carrying the alcohol back to (in this case KL, Malaysia) . You can take back up to 1 liter while nationals of some other countries might be able to take back more to a maximum of 5 liters.
Graeme (September 2018)
Visiting Langkawi for a few hours on a cruise ship next month. An Australian, traveling to Australia where the duty free allowance is 2.25 litres per adult. From what I have read, unless you are in Langkawi for more than 48 hours you are ineligible for the duty free alcohol concessions regardless of what your future destination is. Is this correct?
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) September 2018
Yes, the law it seems is directed to those who could take advantage of the duty free status of Langkawi and engage in trafficking liquors out of the island. Unfortunately tourists on a short term visits too come under this law. You can check with the customs at cruise port if exceptions can be made.
Alex (August 2018)
Hi, I'm Malaysian planning go Langkawi by Ferry from Alor Setar, would like to confirm by only by staying there min 24 hours only entitle me to bring alcohol and cigarettes out from the island ? What's the maximum unit of alcohol and cigarettes can be bring out ?
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) August 2018
Hi, you can bring 1 liter of alcohol and up to 200 cigarettes from Langkawi to KL without paying any duty (that's the duty free limit of Malaysia). However a minimum stay of 48 hours in Langkawi is required. So in your case, customs may charge applicable duty.
Michelle (June 2018)
1. May I know whether I'm allowed to buy alcohol and cigarettes from Langkawi and bring them over to Koh Lipe? If yes, what quantity is allowed? 2. When I leave Langkawi back to KL, how many hour do I need to be in Langkawi to purchase the duty free items? 3. I heard there are new regulation for purchase of alcohol/cigarettes in Langkawi, limited to a certain amount per person per day. What are the quantities? Thank you!!
Raj (langkawi-insight.com) June 2018
You can take alcohol and cigarettes to Koh Lipe and the limit to that is set by Thailand customs (which is 1 liter of alcohol and 200 cigarettes duty free). You can purchase alcohol in Langkawi as soon as you are there, but in order to carry it out of the island, you need to be in Langkawi for minimum 48 hours. You can purchase up to 5 liters of alcohol and 3 cartons of cigarettes per month ... you need to show your passport or mykad id card while purchasing.