Visiting Malaysia doesn’t have to be complicated

Are you planning to visit Malaysia? Below is the list of essential things a tourist needs to know before traveling to Malaysia. Once tourists complete the reading, you should be able to plan an impressive tour itinerary for you and your family. A good tour itinerary will make your holiday in Malaysia more memorable and save your hard-earned money.

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Entry Requirement and Malaysia Travel Restrictions

Before I comment more on the exciting places and tourist activities that can be visited when tourists visit Malaysia, here are some of the most important things visitors need to know before traveling to Malaysia. It needs to be emphasized first because it involves Malaysian law, which can cause visitors to be barred from entering Malaysia, detained and tourist goods confiscated by the Malaysian authorities.

Passport, Visa and Vaccination

The most important is to know the requirement to enter Malaysia set by the Malaysian Immigration Department. Besides Visa, Immigration Department has a standard applied for all visitors regardless of where they come from,

  • Everyone who enters Malaysia must have a valid national passport or other Travel Document internationally recognized. Make sure your passport or travel document should be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive.
  • A visitor must also prove his financial ability to stay in Malaysia and possess a confirmed return travel ticket or a travel ticket to a third country.
  • Complete list of prohibited immigrants to enter Malaysia you can find by following this link

Visa and Vaccine Requirements

  • Most countries are not required to have a Visa to enter Malaysia for a social visit. However, tourists may check their Visa requirements by visiting the Malaysia Immigration Department website or contacting the Malaysia embassy in your country.
  • Besides Visa, tourists need to have a Yellow Fever vaccine if they come from countries with the risk of Yellow Fever transmission. List of the country as here.
  • For Covid 19 preventative measure, tourists can refer to the graphic chart   
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Requirements for Entering Malaysia

Prohibited Item

Bringing in illicit drugs such as morphine, heroin, candu, marijuana, etc. is strictly prohibited. Malaysia has the death penalty for offenses related to illegal drugs. You can find the complete list of prohibited items by visiting the Royal Malaysian Customs Department website.

Currency

The Malaysian Ringgit is the currency of Malaysia. The currency code for Ringgits is MYR, and the currency symbol is RM. The Ringgit name is from Spanish silver money introduced in August 1975 to replace the Dollar. However, the sign $ was used until 1993 before changing with the RM symbol.

Bank Negara Malaysia issues banknotes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 ringgits while coins in denominations of 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen, 50 sen/cents. Resident or non-resident of Malaysia required to declare to Royal Malaysian Custom if they were planning to bring into or out any cash more than USD10000

Tips to Get The Best Currency Exchange Rates

You get the best exchange rates in Kuala Lumpur. Before traveling to Malaysia, change a small amount of Malaysian currency (USD1000) in your home country that is sufficient to buy snacks, pay for transportation to the Hotel and pay for PCR test. Then, change the balance in Kuala Lumpur city. Kindly ensure all the banknotes are not wrinkled, torn, faded and must be the latest version.

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Malaysian currency denomination

States and Federal Territories of Malaysia

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Malaysia Map

Malaysia is a country located in Southeast Asia. It borders on land with Brunei, Thailand and Indonesia in Borneo. Meanwhile, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines border Malaysia by sea. It has two non-contiguous parts separated by the South China Sea. Peninsular Malaysia, also known as West Malaysia, and East Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Kuala Lumpur is the capital and largest city in Peninsula Malaysia, while Putrajaya is the administrative center for Federal Government. It has an area of 329,728 square kilometers (127,334 square miles).

Malaysia is a federation of 13 states and three federal territories. For better understanding, we divided Malaysia into five regions.

Central Region

South Region

  • Johor Bharu
  • Melaka
  • Negeri Sembilan

East Coast

  • Pahang
  • Terengganu
  • Kelantan

North Region

  • Penang
  • Kedah
  • Perlis
  • Perak

Borneo Island

  • Sabah
  • Sarawak
  • Labuan

7 Reasons To Visit Malaysia

Suppose you are looking for an ideal country in a tropical climate with various unique activities, friendly people, cheap Hotels and delicious food options. In that case, you should pick Malaysia as your next holiday destination.

People

Although the total population of Malaysia is around 33 million, the people of Malaysia have various ethnicities and races. The Malays are the most significant race, followed by China and India. In addition, we have about 80 other ethnic groups, especially in Malaysia Borneo.

Although Islam is the official religion, other religions such as Hinduism and Christianity are free to practice. Malaysians are known for their high tolerance towards each other as we have lived together for over 500 years.

The most recognized characteristic about Malaysians is that we are very generous, helpful, laid back, friendly and reserved. Do not hesitate to ask locals if you need an assistant.

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Malaysia women wearing clourful traditional cloth

Language

Malaysia’s official language is Bahasa Malaysia. However, due to the population of Malaysia using many local dialects regardless they are Malays, Chinese or Indian, we use the English language as our second language for conversation to prevent misunderstanding.

For writing, we adapted the Latin alphabet as our official written characters. However, we also used Chinese, Tamil and Arabic characters in the specific situation. When tourists visit Malaysia, it might take a while to read our signboard, but the most crucial part is that tourists get the sign’s meaning.

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A multi-language signboard in English, Malay and Chinese

Impressive Multi Culture

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual society, and there are many ethnic groups in Malaysia. However, what is interesting about Malaysian society is that they are committed to retaining their ancestors’ culture and customs.

As a result, Malaysian society accommodates various lifestyles, beliefs and values.

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Hindu festival of Thaipusam at Batu Caves, Malaysia.

Good Infrastructure

Although the South Chinese Sea separates Malaysia, tourists should not have difficulty moving around in Malaysia because we have a great road system connecting every state in West Malaysia. For East Malaysia, low-fare carriers and local tour guides will bring tourists to your favorite destination. As a result, travelers can have a productive tour rather spend too much time on the road.

Tourists have an option to do the tour with a private tour guide, join tour, or use public transportation.

Malaysia Infrastructure
Kuala Lumpur city skyline during dramatic sunset with elevated highway leading into the city.

More Value For Money

Visiting Malaysia makes your money more valuable. Malaysia’s currency value is much lower than the USD and EURO. As a result, tourists get better currency exchange rates.

Malaysia is the best place to elevate your routine by staying in the best hotel at affordable prices, visiting attractions with the best private tour guide in Malaysia, and trying various food.

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Two traveler man looking view skyline Kuala Lumpur city in swimming pool on the roof top of hotel at sunrise in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A Safe Country to Visit

Generally, Malaysia is a very safe country to visit. We can divide safety into two categories, natural disasters and crime.

Common natural disasters such as floods only occur in some East Malaysia areas during a monsoon season and are usually predictable. For example, most tour operators operating in the area commonly have floods normally close their operation during the rainy season to prevent any accident.

On the other hand, the snatch thief happens mainly in the big city, but it is not at a severe level.

Malaysia is a safe country to visit
Villagers have fun with their families in the floodwater. Heavy rains cause an irregular flood

delicious foods

Malaysia became the center of food in Asia due to the arrival of traders from West Asia and East Asia to Melaka in the 14th century.

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Nasi Kerabu and Keropok Lekor are Malaysian favorite food and snacks, especially on East Coast Malaysia

Visit Malaysia FAQ

Yes with effective 1st April 2022, Malaysia opened it border for foreign visit.

Yes, it is safe for tourists. Malaysia has a very low crime rate and natural disasters.

Conclusion

Malaysia is a country with a variety of activities suitable for all types of tourists. A visit to Malaysia will be one of the most beautiful memories that will last a lifetime if tourists take some time to plan a proper itinerary.