Malaysia is a country that consists of thirteen states and three federal territories in Southeast Asia. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government. The country is separated into two regions, Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo by the South China Sea. Malaysia as a unified state did not exist until 1963. Previously, a set of colonies were established by the United Kingdom from the late-18th century, and the western half of modern Malaysia was composed of several separate kingdoms. The Malays form the majority of the population. Some Malays are of Arab descent and there are sizable Chinese and Indian communities. Islam is the largest and the official religion of the federation. Malay is the official language. Tourism is centered on Kuala Lumpur. The ancient port city of Penang has fascinating temples and traditional buildings. And jungle tours of Borneo are increasing in popularity with the unique wildlife.
PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR MALAYSIA TOURS
A passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of your trip is required for both U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter and depart the country. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR MALAYSIA TOURS
A visa is not required for citizens of the U.S. and Canada for trips of up to 90 days. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Malaysia for the most up-to-date visa information.
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INSURANCE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MALAYSIA TOURS
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MALAYSIA TOURS
No vaccinations are currently required to enter Malaysia, although it is strongly recommended to vaccinate against Malaria if visiting rural areas.
It is advised to consult a travel doctor 4-6 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below:
For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
MEDICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MALAYSIA TOURS
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. It is also advised to take iodine tablets to purify water if bottled water is not available. It is also strongly advised to take over-the-counter diarrhea medication. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
Other recommended Items:
WEATHER, SEASONS AND CLIMATE IN MALAYSIA
Malaysia is home to a tropical climate with high temperatures and high humidity year round. Daytime temperatures are often above 30 degrees Celsius, and at night rarely drop below 20 degrees. There is a monsoon season that runs from May to September in the south-west, and November to March in the north-east. Each part of the country has different wet and dry seasons, but in general January to April are the driest times of the year.
For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.
CLOTHING AND ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR MALAYSIA TRAVEL
Lightweight, loose fitting clothes are recommended all year round. It is also important to be prepared for rain at all times of year, because of the different rainfall patterns throughout Malaysia. As a rule shoulders and knees should be covered when entering religious sites.
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Video camera, camera with zoom lens in a dust-resistant case, sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery and charger. Photography is not allowed in certain religious buildings, especially temples. So be sure to ask permission before you take a photo.
ELECTRICITY, PHONE AND INTERNET IN MALAYSIA
CURRENCY IN MALAYSIA
The official currency of Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit which comes in both coins and notes. Coins come in denominations of sen5, sen10, sen20, sen50. Notes come in denominations of RM1, RM5, RM10, RM50, RM100. Generally speaking, we advise bringing US$70-100 per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction).
We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted.
For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com
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