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MALAYSIA

 Travel Tips and General Information

AIRPORT TAX
RM 45-per person is levied on passengers leaving Malaysia for international
flights(inclusive of Singapore and Brunei).
RM 6-is levied on passengers/take off for domestic flights + Insurance RM 5.00 per way. The airport tax is usually in included in the ticket.

BANKING
Banking hours in most states Malaysia are normally from 9.30am-15.30pm on Mon-Fri and 9.30am-1130am on Sat (First and Third week Saturday are close).

CLIMATE
The climate in Malaysia is hot and humid all rain round, with some rain in the afternoon .The average temperature ranges from 24 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius in the lowlands. The days are generally sunny and warm and the nights are cool. At the East Coast the rainy season is from early November to middle of February.

CLOTHING
Recommended loose summer clothing, flat walking shoes and hat. It is always advisable to bring a bottle of mineral water and sun block lotion to prevent over sun exposure and dehydration.

CREDIT CARDS
International credit cards are widely accepted. Banks and licensed money change offer better rates than hotels and shops, where a service charges may be levied (usually 2-4 per cent).Make sure that you have enough cash in local currency before you leave for smaller towns or remote areas.

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE
The unit of currency is the Malaysian Ringgit. Notes in circulation are RM 100,RM 50,RM 10,RM 5 and RM 1.Coins in circulation in the denomination of RM 1.00, 0.50, 0.20, 0.10, 0.05, 0.01 cent. The approximate exchange rate is (at time of printing ) USD 1.00 to RM3.75
Please take note!
All arriving must fill in a Travellers Declaration Form (TDF) and departing travellers(including children) regardless of the amount of currency carried. The TDF is available in all inbound Malaysia Airlines’ flight and at check in counters. It should be handed over to the immigration Officer together with the Disembarkation Card and Passport.
With effect from October 01 ,1998,please take note of the following currency regulations for travellers to Malaysia.
Local Currency (Malaysian Ringgit-MYR):
Residents and non-resident travellers are not allowed to bring in or take our more than RM 1,000 -per person.

Foreign Currency:
Resident travellers are not allowed to take out more than the equal of RM 10,000.-worth of any foreign currency from Malaysia(i.e. maximum of RM 10,000-worth of foreign currencies)
Non-resident travellers are allowed to take out not more than the amount of foreign currencies, which they had brought in at the time of their arrival.
Definitions:
Resident-means a citizen of Malaysia residing in Malaysia or a non-citizen of Malaysia who is residing permanently in Malaysia
A non-resident means any person not residing in Malaysia, whether the person is a citizen or not.

CUSTOMS
Prohibited Goods
-Trafficking of illegal drugs carries the mandatory death penalty in Malaysia
-A special permit is required for the carriage of firearms and ammunition.Other prohibited items include flick knives, daggers and pornographic material
-Taped videocassettes should be submitted for clearance by customs.
-Export of antiques and historical object is not allowed unless export license has been obtained from the Director General of Museums, Malaysia, or if the antiquity was originally imported and declared to customs.

CUSTOMS
-All passengers must declare the following items to the Plant Quarantine Office upon arrival; plants and plant parts including fresh plant produce and processed product, soil and growth/rooting media, insects and other organisms, micro-organisms, herbarium and dried flower. Penalty for failure to do so is up to RM 1,000 fine or up to six months imprisonment or both. Penalty for malicious introducing a pest or plant in to Malaysia is a fine not exceeding RM 1,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.

DOCTORS,DENTISTS,HOSPITALS
In all major cities and towns ,we have government hospitals, which charge just a nominal fee
of around RM1,000 for Accident and Emergency treatment .Patient are treated according
to medical priority and not order of arrival. And in most major cities and towns, there are
private clinics and even private hospital, which are generally of international standard .Private
dental clinics are also abundant in major cities and towns, and are of generally good standard.
Most pharmacies can be found at major shopping complexes.

DRINKING WATER
Tap water (boiled) is safe to drink, but we recommended not taking any drinks with ice-cubes during hot weather, to avoid stomach upsets. Also bottled mineral water can be found at every supermarket and also at local coffee shops, at relatively cheap prices.

ELECTRIC USAGE
The voltage system in Malaysia is 220 - 240 volts AC at 50 cycles per second.

GENERAL ADVISE ON TRAVELLING IN MALAYSIA
Official name :Malaysia
Country :Federation of Malaysia comprises Peninsular Malaysia and the states of Sabah
and Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
Location states :Between 2 and 7 degrees north of the Equator with Peninsular Malaysia of separated from the Sabah and Sarawak by the south China Sea. Neighbours of
Peninsular Malaysia are Thailand to the north and Singapore to the south. Sabah
and Sarawak are bounded by Indonesia and Sarawak also shares a border with
Brunei.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
No vaccinations are required. However visitors arriving from Yellow Fever and
Endemic Zones and other affected areas are required to present International
Health Certificates showing Yellow Fever vaccination. This regulation does not
apply to children below the age of one.

INTERNET
Internet service is well spread in most of the tourists' areas including Islands and National Parks.
Prices are from 1 to 10 USD p/hour depending on places.
Following are some Internet address with relevant information on Malaysia:

The Star Newspaper home page : www.thestar.com.my
Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board home page : www.tourism.gov.my


LANGUAGE
The national language is Bahasa Malaysia, although English is widely used.
Many other languages and dialects like Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and Tamil are also commonly used.
Local native languages and dialects like Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, etc., is widely spoken in Sarawak, while Kadazan is widely spoken in Sabah.

LOCAL TIME
Malaysian runs at GMT +8 hours and 16 hours ahead of the U.S Pacific Standard Time. Malaysia is in the same time zone as Singapore, Hong Kong and Perth.

PASSPORT & VISAS
Visitors must be in possession of national passports or other internationally recognised travel documents, endorsed for travelling in Malaysia and with a validity period of at least six months beyond the time of stay allowed in Malaysia. Malaysia Borneo ( Sarawak and Sabah) have their own immigration Department and when one enters Malaysia Borneo through Mainland Malaysia, one has to go through Immigration check again and a new stay permit is issued again ,mostly for 30 days only
All visitors are required to complete a Disembarkation Card, which has to be shown to the Immigration Control upon arrival and departure from the country. This card can be obtained on all inbound Malaysia Airlines’ flights.
Visitors on social and business visit purposes are to be guided the following visa requirements:
Visa Exemption:
No visas are required for citizens of Commonwealth countries (except Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nigeria),British Protected Persons or citizens of the Republic of Ireland and citizens of Switzerland, Netherlands, San Marino and Liechtenstein.
Three Months Visa-Free Visit:
Citizens of Albania, Austria, Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Czech Republic of Slovakia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Lebanon, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Slovak, Spain, South Korea, Republic of Bosnia, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, United States of America, United Arab Emirates and Yemen are eligible for three months visa free visit.
One Months Visa-Free Visit:
Applicable to citizens of ASEAN countries.
14-Days Visa-Free Visit:
Citizens of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Syria are eligible for 14-days visa free visit.
7-Days Visa-Free Visit:
Applicable to citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Republic of Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakstan, Kirghizstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldavia, Romania, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Air travellers on transit (not exceeding 72 hours) are eligible for a visa-free visit.
Travel Tips and General Information
Social or Tourist Visit Pass:
A Social or Tourist Visit Pass does not permit the holder to take up employment, business
of professional work in Malaysia. The Business Visit Pass allows foreign visitors to enter Malaysia for business negotiations or inspection of business houses but cannot be used for employment purposes, or for supervisory work or construction of a factory. No fee is charged for a Business Visit Pass issued for a period of up to 3 months. A nominal fee is imposed for each month beyond this.
Foreign visitors, except from the Republic of Singapore, who have entered Malaysia on social Visit Passes may contact the Immigration Department to convert their passes to Business Visit Passes.
As regulation may change from time to time, it is advisable to check with the nearest Malaysian Embassy before your departure.

POST OFFICE AND TELEPHONE FACILITIES
Most post office are open from Mon-Sat, from 8.00am to 6.00pm, and some open on Sun from 10.00am to 1.00pm. International calls can be made from most public card phones. Major hotels all have quiet and convenient card phone booths. In smaller towns, these card phone booths can mostly be found at the Telecom Office. Telephone cards are also sold in sundry shops and hotel lobby shops.

SHOPPING
Exotic local handicrafts like Batik, gold and silverware, pewter ware, exquisitely straw woven items, woodcarvings, pottery are among the many invaluable moments..
Bargaining at small shops is encouraged. Average discount expected from a bargain can range from 10 %-30%, but all prices are fixed at major shopping centre. Most shops are open from 10.00am to 9.00pm daily. All supermarket stores are open daily.

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