Practical Information in Malaysia

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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 some 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.


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 a deposit for temporary importation, refundable on departure.

Airport Tax

An airport tax (Currently 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 in Malaysia. Do not take it easy. In case you are caught you will NOT be able to bribe the Malaysian officers to get away as it might be possible in other Asian countries! Death penalty is final.

Business Hours

Government offices are open from 8 a.m. up to 4.45 p.m. on Monday - Friday and 8 a.m. up to 12.45p.m. on Saturdays with Sunday a day of rest. Banking hours are generally from 10 a.m. up to 4.15 p.m. from Monday to Friday and 9.30 a.m. up o 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Department stores and supermarkets are open daily from 10 a.m. up to 10 p.m.


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


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

What to Wear

Light, cool and casual clothing is recommended all year round.


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. Currently (August 2007), the Malaysian Ringgit is traded at MYR 3.47 per USD 1.00

December 22, 2004 change by giorgio


The local currency is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

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