Malaysia Airlines, the national
carrier, currently flies to 95 destinations worldwide.
Many other international airlines offer flights
to Malaysia, most of which land at the Kuala Lumpur
International Airport (KUL) approximately 35 miles
(55km) South of Kuala Lumpur. Air traffic to and
from Malaysia is estimated to grow between almost
seven per cent a year over the next decade. The
new KL International Airport at Sepang has one
of the most sophisticated passenger facilities
in the region.
Some of the international airlines that
fly to Malaysia are Aeroflot, Air France, Air India,
Air Lanka, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, Air Vietnam,
Alia/Royal Jordanian Airlines, Balkan-Bulgarian Airlines,
Bangladesh Biman, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines,
China Southern Airlines, Eva Air, Garuda Indonesia,
Iran Air, Japan Airlines, Kampuchea Airlines, Koran
Airlines, Lufthansa, Pakistan Airlines, Phillipine Airlines,
Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Dutch Airlines,
Saudi Arabian Airlines, Sempati Airlines, Singapore
Airlines, Thai International, and Uzbekistan Airlines.
Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTM), or
Malayan Railways, connects to both Singapore and Bangkok.
The trip from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur takes 7 to 10
hours; from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur is about two days.
By Bus or Car:
Buses from the Ban San terminus in Singapore
travel to many different points on peninsular Malaysia;
buses from Bangkok or Haadyai in Thailand travel to
both the West and East coasts of Malaysia as well as
to Kuala Lumpur. Entering Malaysia by rental car is
not difficult from either Thailand or Singapore, and
the North-South highway makes travel along the west
coast quite convenient (10-12 hours from Singapore to
the Thai border).
Once you have overcome your jet-lag fatigue,
step into the real heart of Malaysia--the citizens of
the country. You would be pleasantly surprised at the
warmth of Malaysians. For deeply entrenched within each
of the different races is the engaging charm and traditional
hospitality for which Malaysia is renowned.
Malaysians enjoy meeting people from other
lands. So, do go right ahead and strike up a conversation.
After all, the whole point of travelling is to know
Visitors to Malaysia must be in possession of
valid passport/travel documents with a minimum
validity of six months beyond the period of intended
stay. In the case of a national passport not recognized
by the Malaysian Government, the holder must be
in possession of a document in lieu of passport
obtainable at the nearest Malaysian Mission abroad.
The national passport must also ensure his re-entry
into the country of his citizenship.
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
visit passes must be obtained on arrival at the point
of entry in Sarawak. However, subject to conditions
stipulated, visit passes issued by the Immigration Authorities
in Sabah and Sarawak are valid for any part of Malaysia.
Commonwealth Citizens (except Bangladesh/India,
Pakistan and Sri Lanka), British Protected Persons or
Citizens of the Republic of Ireland and Citizens of
Switzerland, Netherlands, San Marino and Liechtenstein
do not need a visa to enter Malaysia.
Citizens of Albania, Austria, Algeria,
Belgium, Czech Republic, Republic of Slovakia, Denmark,
Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, South Korea,
Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Italy, United States of
America, Bahrin, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco,
North Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia,Qatar United Arab Emirates,
Turkey and Tunisia do not require a visa for a Social
and Business visit not exceeding three months.
Nationals of ASEAN Countries do not require
a visa for a Social and Business visit not exceeding
Citizens of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya,
Syria, South Yemen do not require visa for a Social
and Business visit not exceeding 14 days.
Citizens of Bulgaria, Romania and Russia
do not require a visa for a Social and Business visit
not exceeding one week.
Nationals of the Republic of China, Bangladesh,
Bhutan, Cuba, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, North Korea,
Nepal, Myanmar, Taiwan, Vietnam and all Certificate
of Identity (CI) holders must obtain a visa before entering
Citizens of nations other than those stated
above (except Serbia Montenegro and Israel) are allowed
to enter Malaysia for a Social and Business visit not
exceeding one month without having a Visa.
A visitor intending to visit any part
of Malaysia is required to be in possession of only
one visa to travel direct from one part of the nation
Visas are issued by Malaysian Diplomatic
Missions abroad or British Consulates which act for
Malaysia in countries where no diplomatic representation
of Malaysia is established. All visitors to Malaysia
should inquire at the nearest Malaysian Diplomatic
Mission for the latest entry procedures and requirements
It is generally safe to drink water
straight from the tap. Bottled mineral water, however,
is easily available in shops and supermarkets.
Electric supply is on a 240-volt
No vaccination is required for cholera
With a temperature that fluctuates little throughout
the year, travel in Malaysia is a pleasure. Average
temperature is between 21 C and 32 C. Humidity is high.
Rain tends to occur between November to February on
the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, on western Sarawak,
and north-eastern Sabah. On the west coast of Peninsular
Malaysia the rainy season is April to May and October
As Malaysia's climate is sunny almost
year round, light clothing is ideal. It is advisable
for ladies, when entering mosques and temples, to wear
long sleeves and loose pants or long skirts.
When greeting a Muslim, offer your right hand then bring it towards you, fingertips lightly touching your heart. This is the traditional Salam or 'greeting of acceptance'. Hindus greet with a Namaste (in Hindi) or Vanakam (Tamil). Both palms are brought together as in prayer at mid-chest level. With a Chinese, you may shake hands. If you are really unsure about all the different forms of greetings, just smile and nod your head slightly when introduced.