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Commonwealth citizens and most European nationals do not need visas for visits of less than three months. Visitors are usually issued an extendable 30- or 60-day visa on arrival.

US Embassy in Malaysia
376 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603-248-9011 Fax: 603-242-2207
Mailing Address: APO AP 96535-5000

The United States has Embassies in most countries in Asia.  These Embassies are headed by an U.S. Ambassador who is named by the President and subject to the approval of the U.S. Senate.  Typically Ambassador's are a mix of career and non career government employees.  All of these report to the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC.  The State Department has directed that development of trade and expansion of business are prime responsibilities of each Ambassador and his Embassy.  U.S. Embassies can therefore be an ally in helping you learn more about the market in their country, research opportunities and act as a last resort in case of problems that need political support.

Embassy in the USA
Embassy of Malaysia
2401 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20008
Telephone: (202) 328-2700

Foreign embassies also view promotion of trade and investment as major goals.  You should contact the country's Embassy, particularly the country's Commercial Counselor for help on researching your business plan.

U.S. Foreign Commercial Offices
[see US Embassy for address]

Most U.S. Embassies have at least one representative and in many cases a whole office that is sent to the target country by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The goal of these offices is to increase U.S. business with the target country.  These offices can be helpful in assisting you in researching opportunities in a target country.

American Chamber of Commerce
American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce.
11.03,  Level 11, Amoda, 22 Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603 2482407   Fax: 603 2482540

Most countries in Asia have U.S. Chambers of Commerce made up of member U.S. companies doing business in that country.  Typically large Chambers of Commerce have a hired staff person who acts as the Executive Director.  Smaller Chambers may have only a volunteer staff.  American Chambers of Commerce often are good sources of information on the ease or difficulty in doing business in the target country.  Oftentimes they can refer you to members who have detailed insight into set-up problems, the incidence of corruption in the host country or other challenges.  Oftentimes the target country will have its own chamber of commerce which is seeking to promote business and investment in their country.  These Chambers which represent the target country can also be helpful.



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