Malaysia : Travel

Traveller information

Immigration and customs: 

Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival. Visas are required by most Commonwealth nationals.

Travel within the country: 

Traffic drives on the left. An international driving permit is required to drive in Malaysia. The wearing of seatbelts is mandatory and driving under the influence of alcohol carries heavy penalties.

Scheduled air services link the main towns throughout the country. In peninsular Malaysia the rail network spans the country. In Sabah the North Borneo Railway runs from Kota Kinabalu to the town of Papar.

Kuala Lumpur is served by four rail networks and taxis, minibuses and pedicabs (trishaws) are widely available.

Travel health: 

Prevalent diseases where appropriate precautionary measures are recommended include cholera, dengue fever, diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis (risk is minimal in peninsular Malaysia), malaria, rabies and typhoid.

There were 25,715,000 tourist arrivals in 2013.