Travel Advice for Malaysia
Malaysia
Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Time Zone GMT + 8
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 60
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
All services - 999
Tourist
Information
Tourism Development Corporation of Malaysia, 17th Floor, Menara Dato'Onn, Putra World Trade Centre, 45 Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tel: (3) 293 5188 Fax: (3) 293 5884.
Passport
Information
Passport valid for further 6 months beyond the intended stay in Malaysia is required. All visitors must have proof of adequate funds for stay. Return Ticket required. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Most nationals do not require a visa to enter Malaysia providing the stay is less than a month and for social, business purposes. A visit pass is required which will be issued at the point of entry.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended
Malaria : Exists in certain inland regions e.g. Sabah where there is a risk in the Falciparum variety which has been reported as being highly resistant to chloroquine.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required by those arriving from infected areas
Other Health Risks: Cholera, Rabies, febrile encephalitis, and Dengue fever - prevalent in urban as well as rural areas. Japanese encephalitis has been reported in the rural areas of Ipoh, Seremban and Port Dickson, travellers should seek medical advise if they intend to travel to these areas.
Food
& Drink
Water is considered drinkable, normal precautions should be observed with food. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption. When drinking from cans, always use a straw, which is generally provided.
Currency Ringgit (r) = 100 sen.
NOTE: Import and export of local currency is limited to RM 1,000 without prior approval. Declare all foreign currency notes on the travellers declaration form so that they may exported.There are severe penalties for exchange control offences.
All credit cards are accepted. Travellers cheques are accepted by all banks, hotels and department stores. US dollar cheques are the preferable currency.
ATM availability: Over 2000 locations.
Cost of
Living
Can be reasonably inexpensive. Wide range of accommodation available, varying from luxury hotels to campsites in the national park and Taman Negara area. Goods and luxury items vary in price depending on location.
Languages Bahasa Malaysian. English is also widely spoken.
Weather Tropical without extremely high temperatures. Days are very warm whilst nights are fairly cool. August is the wettest time of the West coast. East Malaysia has heavy rains Nov - Feb. Rainfall differs in the East and West coast according to the Monsoon wind.
Electricity 220 Volts Ac 50 Hz. Square 3 pin plugs are used.
Post There are post offices in the commercial centres of all towns.
Transport ROAD: Most roads are paved.
BUS: Services are extensive.
TAXI: There is a surcharge after 2400 - 0600 of 50%.
Special
Information
Avoid travelling to the islands east of Sabah. Avoid large gatherings and demonstrations as they could result in violence. Respect religious beliefs - take off your shoes at the door and wear appropriately modest clothing. Smoking is prohibited in a number of public places. Malaysia prides itself on an expansive range of cuisine. There are very severe penalties for drug offences including the death penalty. There have been incidences of piracy in Malasian waters.