Visitors to Malaysia
must be in possession of valid passport
/ travel documents with a minimum validity
of 6 months beyond the period of intended
citizen (with exceptions) do not need
visa to enter Malaysia. Nationals of ASEAN
countries do not require visa for social
and business visits not exceeding one
month of intended stay.
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.
unit of currency is the 'Ringgit' indicated
as (RM). RM1.00 is equivalent to 100 sen.
Coins are issued in denominations of 1
sen, 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen, 50 sen and
RM 1.00. Currency notes are in denomination
of RM1, RM2, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50 and
RM100. Foreign currency and travelers
cheque can be converted to Ringgit at
most banks and authorized money
changers throughout the country.
Currency Control Law
With effect from 1 October 1998, all travelers
are required to fill in the Travelers
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.
Currency Control Law (click
for more information)
cool and casual clothing is recommended
all year round. For more formal occasions,
jacket and tie or long sleeved batik for
men and dresses for women.
airport tax of RM5.00 and RM40.00 is charged
upon departure for all domestic and international
flight passengers respectively.
is generally safe to drink water straight
from the tap. However, bottled mineral
water is sold in all supermarkets and
voltage is 220-240 volts AC at 50 cycles
per second (50Hz).
calls can be made from public phones,
whether coin or card operated. International
calls can be made from phone booths with
card phone facilities or at any Telecoms
offices. Most hotels are equipped with
IDD services with a minimal service charge.
Offices are open daily from 8am - 5pm,
and closed on Sundays and public holidays
(for Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu closed
on Fridays and public holidays.) The General
Post Office in Kuala Lumpur is open from
8am - 6pm daily and from 10am - 12.45pm
on Sundays. Most international hotels
provide postal services at their front
services are available in most towns at
government-run hospitals and private clinics.
Nonprescription drugs are available at
most pharmacies as well as supermarkets,
hotels and shopping centers.
who encounter unforeseen problem and difficulty
can seek the Malaysian Tourist Police
Unit for assistance. Tourist Police Unit
telephone numbers in major cities are:
departments/offices are open from 8.00am
- 4.30 pm on weekdays (Mondays to Fridays)
and from 8.00am - 12.45pm on Saturdays.
Commercial and Business Houses are open
from 9.00am - 5.00pm on weekdays (Mondays
to Fridays) and 9.00am - 1.00pm on Saturdays.
Shopping complexes are open from 10.00am
- 10.00pn daily.
1st and 3rd Saturday of each month are
public holidays for government departments.
Some commercial houses also comply.
is not a way of life in Melaka. The hotel
and restaurant has included a 10 percent
service charge and 5% government tax in
the bill. Tipping is recommended if the
service rendered is exceptionally good.
may not be exported out of the country
without license from the Director-General
of the Museums.
countries have diplomatic missions in
Malaysia and 26 are accredited to Malaysia
from neighboring capitals. They are generally
located in Kuala Lumpur. To contact your
own Embassy, check with the hotel operator
or refer to a telephone directory.
Malaysia is the national language but
English is widely spoken. Other main languages
are Chinese and Tamil.
warm throughout the year with temperature
ranging form 21°C to 32°C. Humidity is
high all year round.
is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time
in illegal drugs carries the death penalty.