Malaysians will now have to fork out between RM300 and RM1,200 to replace damaged or lost passports. NSTP/MIKAIL ONG

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians who lose or damage their passports will be fined between RM300 and RM1,200 for a replacement, Berita Harian reported today.

The new decree, which came into force on Wednesday (Jan 2), falls under the Fees (Passports and Visas) (Amendment) Order 2019 of the Federal Government Gazette.

The decree states that Malaysians who lose or damage their passports for the first time will be fined RM400.

Meanwhile, children aged 12 and below, and students aged 21 and below studying abroad will be fined RM300 if they lose or damage their passports for the first time.

For the second replacement, Malaysians will be fined RM700, while children aged 12 and below, and students aged 21 and below studying abroad will be fined RM600.

Those who lose or damage their passports for the third time will be fined RM1,200, while children aged 12 and below, and students aged 21 and below studying abroad will be fined RM1,100.

Previously, Malaysians who applied for a replacement passport after losing or damaging their travel document were not penalised.

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