Practical Information

Visas

Most nationalities do not require visas for social or business visits to Malaysia. Visitors to Malaysia must be in possession of a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six months beyond the period of stay.

list of countries exempted from visas

For more information on visa, please refer to Malaysia Immigration Department at www.imi.gov.my


Accommodation

Participants should reserve accommodations early because of the large number of attendees expected at the Forum. Each participant is responsible of its accommodation.

Information on the hotels will be available soon.


Health

All participants should ensure that they have adequate medical insurance prior to arrival.

Recommended vaccines: Poliomyelitis (childhood booster), Tetanus (childhood booster), Typhoid (food & water borne diseases), Hepatitis A (food & water borne diseases).

For those venturing outside cities and towns, further recommended vaccines are Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese B Encephalitis, Tuberculosis and Meningitis. For those visiting Sabah and Sarawak, Malaria prophylaxis is strongly recommended.

If you are coming from, or have recently travelled in, South America or sub-Saharan Africa you must present a certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever upon arrival in Malaysia. 

Health insurance is recommended. Government and private hospitals are found in all the main cities. Medical services in the city (private clinics and hospitals) are available. Visitors are advised that some clinics request a down payment prior to providing medical assistance, even in emergency situations. Visitors should take medical precautions and advice should be sought before travel.


The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysia and English is widely spoken

Malaysia Time Zone is UTC/GMT +8


Currency

The monetary unit of the country is Ringgit Malaysia and is written as RM or MYR. The exchange rate is valued at USD1 = RM4.27 (as of June 5, 2017). Notes are available in RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, and RM100 denominations, while coins are issued in 5, 10, 20 and 50 sen (cents) denominations.

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and money changers found widely at the airport and city centre.


Weather

The country experiences tropical weather year-round. Temperatures range from 21ºC (70ºF) to 32ºC (90ºF).  Higher elevations are much colder with temperatures between 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F).  Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm. However, the wettest parts of Malaysia could well be the hill slopes of Sarawak’s inland areas, which receive a mean annual rainfall exceeding 5,000mm.