When to goThere are two monsoon seasons in Malaysia, which means that there is no real dry season. It is always hot and humid in the country and rain is more or less always present. However, avoid planning your trip during the Chinese new year and Ramadan because there are many local travellers and the price of accommodation increases sharply.
Entry requirementsFor a stay of less than 3 months in Malaysia, Europeans and Canadians do not need a visa. You just need to present a passport with a validity of at least six months. Be careful, because Malaysian authorities will verify this validity to the exact day. If you are even one day short you may be escorted to the border.
Malaysia is one of the many countries affected by avian flu. To avoid contamination, do not eat raw or undercooked foods, wash your hands as often as possible and always before meals.
Several diseases such as dengue fever and malaria can be transmitted by mosquitoes or insect bites. Protect yourself with an insect repellent and wear long clothing if possible. To prevent malaria, it is necessary to follow a treatment before, during and after your stay in Malaysia.
Be sure that your DTP vaccination is up to date before your departure.
For more information, see the Pasteur Institute website, or foreign travel advice at gov.uk.
Airline ticketsA plane ticket for Malaysia costs at least £450. Of course, the fare depends on the company and booking date. So book your ticket well in advance!
Time differenceThe time in Malaysia is 7 hours (or 8 hours in winter) ahead of the UK. When it is 12 p.m. in London, it is 7 or 8 p.m. in Malaysia.
LanguageMalay is the official language, but many other languages are spoken in Malaysia, including English, Chinese, Tamil or several native languages.
British High Commission in Malaysia
Level 27 Menara Binjai, 2 Jalan Binjai
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia High Commission in London
45 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8QT
Hospitals in Kuala Lumpur
Gleneagles Hospital 282 & 286 Jalan Ampang (emergencies): + (603) 41 41 30 17 / 2718 and ambulance: +(603) 41 41 31 31
General Hospital: + (603) 26 92 10 44 (public hospital)
Phone and internet connection
The Malaysia country code is +60. There are many telephone boxes in the country and the first few minutes are even free. You will then need change to continue your communication or a card, depending on the box.
There is a growing number of hotels, bars and cafes which have Wi-Fi or at least an internet connection.