Entry Requirements into Malaysia

Visitors to Malaysia must hold a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six months beyond the intended visiting period. Immigration and customs checkpoints are situated at all air, sea, road and rail entry points. Immigration officials may request for proof of onward travel (e.g., a return travel ticket or onward travel ticket to a third country). You are advised to make all travel reservations before leaving for Malaysia.

Every visitor to Malaysia has to fill in a Disembarkation Card (IMM. 26). The card has to be handed over to the Immigration Officer on arrival together with the national passport or other internationally recognized travel document endorsed for travel into Malaysia. A passport/travel document is also necessary for travel between Sabah and Sarawak.

Visitor passes issued for entry into Peninsular Malaysia are not valid for entry into Sarawak. Fresh visitor passes must be obtained on arrival at the point of entry in Sarawak. However, subject to conditions stipulated, visitor passes issued by the Immigration Authorities in Sabah and Sarawak are valid for any part of Malaysia.

Visa Requirements

Visa is not required for a stay of less than one (1) month for ASEAN nationals except Myanmar. Visas are required for duration of stay exceeding (1) month except for Brunei and Singapore nationals.

Please visit the Malaysian Immigration Department (http://www.imi.gov.my) or Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.kln.gov.my/web/guest/home) for more info.


Recommended vaccines: Poliomyelitis (childhood booster), Tetanus (childhood booster), Typhoid (food & water borne diseases), Hepatitis A (food & water borne diseases).

For those venturing outside cities and towns, further recommended vaccines are Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese B Encephalitis, Tuberculosis and Meningitis. For those visiting Sabah and Sarawak, Malaria prophylaxis is strongly recommended.

If you are coming from, or have recently travelled in, South America or sub-Saharan Africa you must present a certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever upon arrival in Malaysia.


Postal and communication services are available throughout KL. Mobile networks operate on the GSM network and roaming services are readily available. If needed, you can purchase prepaid telephone cards that are available on most flights to KL, and at the airport. There are special rates offered for tourists. Internet services are available to the public via internet cafes and at hotels, and many outlets offer free WiFi for their patrons.

Note: Malaysia's international calling code is +60.

Electricity and Power Sockets

In Malaysia, the power sockets are of type G (see photo below). The standard voltage is 240 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

You are in advised to bring along with you an international power point travel adapter if the power socket used in your home country are of a different type.


The currency in Kuala Lumpur is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR or RM). Ringgit is available in denominations of: RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, and RM100.

Money Changers

Currency-exchange kiosks are available at the airports in Kuala Lumpur as well as in malls and touristy places.


Globally networked ATMs can be found throughout Kuala Lumpur.

Tip: Using ATMs that are physically attached to bank branches is always best practice. You stand a better chance of recovering your card if it is captured, and there is less chance that a card-skimming device is installed on the machine. These hidden devices capture and store your account number as the card is put into the machine. Using an ATM standing in the shadows away from the main street is generally a bad idea for many reasons.

Getting Around KL

Kuala Lumpur is a relatively accessible city with many ways to get around conveniently. There are three major rail networks within the city, a number of air-conditioned buses to all areas in the city, and a fleet of taxis that will take you anywhere you need to go. Nevertheless, the best way to experience the sights and sounds would be to go for a walk around town.


RapidKL buses are easily available around the capital.


Taxis are a flexible option to get from one point to another. Simply hail one from the road!


The city is linked by rail with a few major lines: The RapidKL LRT (Light Rail Transit), KL Monorail, KL MRT, KTM Komuter and ERL. The services are frequent, punctual and convenient, with feeder bus services from train services to designated areas.

On Foot

Taking the scenic route on foot around KL is a good way to explore the city. Travelers and shoppers in KL can enjoy safe and secured pedestrian walkways built specifically for their convenience and comfort..


E-Hailing is widely used in Kuala Lumpur. An e-hailing ride can be activated using the Mobile Application on your mobile phone. Some commonly used e-hailing services in Malaysia are as follows:
  • GrabCar
  • EZCab
  • MyCar
  • MULA
  • Dacsee
  • Riding Pink

KLIA Express and KLIA Transit

The KLIA Main Terminal/KLIA 2 is connected to KL Sentral through the KLIA Express and KLIA Transit. KL Sentral is also Malaysia’s largest transit hub and Kuala Lumpur’s integrated rail transportation centre.

KLIA Express is a non-stop airport transfer that takes you from Kuala Lumpur Main Terminal and KLIA 2 to KL Sentral in just 28 minutes and 33 minutes respectively. Trains depart every 15 minutes during peak hours and every 20 minutes during off-peak hours.

The schedules and fares are as follows:

KLIA Transit is a commuter service (not a direct service from the airport) between KLIA Main Terminal/KLIA 2 and KL Sentral. This service makes three quick stops at Salak Tinggi, Putrajaya & Cyberjaya and Bandar Tasik Selatan. Trains depart every 20 minutes during peak hours and every 30 minutes during off-peak hours. The schedules and fares are as follows:

Say it in Malay


English Malay
How do you do? Apa khabar?
Good morning Selamat pagi
Good afternoon Selamat tengahari
Goodbye Selamat tinggal
Bon voyage Selamat jalan
Fine Baik
Welcome Selamat datang
Can you help me? Bolehkah anda tolong saya?
How do I get there? Bagaimana hendak ke sana?
How far? Berapa jauh?
How long will it take? Berapa lama?
How much (price) does it cost? Berapa harganya?
What is this/that? Apa ini/itu?
What is your name? Apakah nama anda?
When? Bila?
Where? Di mana?
Why? Kenapa?