Malaysia Travel Information

GETTING TO MALAYSIA:
Malaysia is easily accessible with more than 30 major international airlines operating services to the airports of Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching while Port Klang and Penang are its main entry points by the sea. There are excellent road and rail links.

ENTRY FORMALITIES:
Visitors to Malaysia must be in possession of valid passport/travel documents with a minimum validity of 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

VISA REQUIREMENTS:
Commonwealth citizens (with exceptions) do not need a visa to enter Malaysia.
Nationals of ASEAN countries do not require a visa for a social and business visit not exceeding one month.

CUSTOMS:
Items such as video equipment, cameras, radio cassette players, watches, pens, lighters, perfumes and cosmetics are duty free in Malaysia. Visitors bringing in dutiable goods may have to pay deposit for temporary importation, refundable on departure.

AIRPORT TAX:
An airport tax RM5.00 and RM40.00 is charged upon departure for all passengers of domestic and international flights, respectively.

DRUG TRAFFICKING:
Trafficking in illegal drugs carries the death penalty.

BUSINESS HOURS:
Government offices are open from 8 a.m. up to 4.15 p.m on Monday-Friday and 8 a.m up to 12:45 pm on Saturdays with Sunday a day of rest.
Banking hours are generally from 10am up to 3pm from Monday to Friday and 9:30 am up to 11 am on Saturdays.
Department stores and supermarkets are open daily from 10am up to 10pm.

LANGUAGE:
Bahasa Malaysia is the national language but English is widely spoken. Other main languages are Chinese and Tamil.

CLIMATE:
Generally warm throughout the year with temperature ranging from 21C to 32C. Humidity is high all year round.

WHAT TO WEAR:
Light, cool and casual clothing is recommended all year round.

TIME:
Malaysia is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 16 hours ahead of United States Pacific Standard Time.

NEW CURRENCY CONTROL LAW:
With effect from 1 October 1998, all travellers are required to fill in the Travellers Declaration Form (TDF) on arrival/departure.

Residents and Non-Residents are allowed to bring in not more than RM1,000 in cash and an unlimited amount of foreign currency.

TIPPING:
Most hotels and restaurants impose 10% service charge and 5% government tax on on their bills, so tipping is often not necessary.

Electricity & Water:
Electricity used is 22-240 volts at 50 cycles. Tap water is safe for human consumption.

Health Regulations:
Visitors from yellow fever-infected areas and several African and Latin American countries must produce yellow fever vaccination certificates.

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