Malaysia Travel Information
The authorities imposed temporary entry restrictions
on foreign nationals to Malaysia from March 18. The
restrictions apply until 12 May. See also the chapter on
health for more information about coronavirus/covid-19
and entry restrictions related to it.
Malaysia is a relatively safe country. However, one
can experience problems in relation to crime, traffic
and health. Travelers are advised to read carefully
through the embassy's safety recommendations.
In Malaysia, in particular, the eastern coast of the
state of Sabah is on Borneo and the area around a risk
area. Caution should therefore be exercised when
traveling in the area. In 2015 and 2016, several
abductions and abductions were carried out, both by
workers and tourists. From February to July 2013, there
were clashes between armed people from the Philippines
and Malaysian security forces on the east coast of
Sabah. It is generally recommended that travelers stay
informed about the situation in the country and in the
There are regular demonstrations in central parts of
Kuala Lumpur. Common assembly points are KLCC; Masjid
Jamek and Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square /
Independence square). Travelers should stay updated
through local media and avoid political demonstrations.
Most trips abroad go without special problems.
However, travelers may be subject to unpleasant
surprises, violence and other crime. Travelers should be
alert and take reasonable precautions. Norwegians who
travel or settle in Malaysia are also encouraged to
register at http://www.reiseregistrering.no/.
Traffic: Traffic is one of the
biggest security threats in Malaysia. It is not least a
danger to pedestrians, and it is important for
pedestrians to exercise great care. The road standard in
Malaysia is good, but the traffic density is high. The
number of traffic accidents is high, with over 6,000
deaths per year per year. The majority of them are
motorcycle accidents, but there are also many car and
bus accidents. If driving a moped, be careful,
especially if it rains as the roads can get very
slippery. For pedestrians, it is recommended to use
transitions and pedestrians as often as possible.
- Countryaah: Kuala Lumpur is the capital
of Malaysia. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Crime: Travelers/residents should
pay attention to bag mopers, who steal bags and jewelry
from victims walking along sidewalks and roads. In some
cases, this can result in serious personal injury in the
event of a fall, the victim being pulled after the moped
or the use of a weapon/ knife. We therefore encourage
you to avoid the use of expensive jewelery and carefully
consider whether it is necessary to carry your handbag
when walking along the street. If you carry your bag, it
should be carried on the shoulder facing away from the
road. The bag should also not be carried diagonally
across the body. If you should be subjected to bag
chopping, you should not resist as this can be met with
aggression on the part of the bag chaps.
There are burglaries in houses and apartments, even
while people are at home. Such break-ins occur both
during the day and at night, and may result in the use
of violence. Therefore, one should be aware of the
security around housing, not least if you are staying in
detached houses/villas. There are also robberies and
kidnappings of motorists.
Travelers/residents are advised to keep an eye on
credit cards during payment, since copying and misuse of
cards occur. Norwegians have also been exposed to scams
in the form of being spontaneously invited home with a
person whom they meet randomly on the street, and then
involved in card games or gambling. Foreigners have been
forced to pay substantial sums to get out of gambling
If you are so unlucky to be hit by crime, you should
submit a police report within 24 hours. This is because
some police districts practice a one-day deadline and
will not receive reviews after it expires.
Bathing: You should always ask your
tour operator, hotel or local authority about variations
in local bathing conditions, such as current conditions
and/or the presence of poisonous jellyfish - especially
the box jellyfish. Being burned by a cube man can result
in death. The incidence of such jellyfish is increasing.
There is little or no treatment against this at the
hospitals. If you get burned, contact your doctor
Terrorism: There is a general risk
of terrorist attacks in Malaysia, although the country
has so far been spared from major terrorist acts. The
authorities have made arrests of militant Islamists who
are planning to hit Western targets in Malaysia. There
is believed to be a credible threat from militant
Islamists in Malaysia, but the threat is still
considered low. The Malaysian authorities have for a
long time increased their efforts against militant
Islamists, and have increased the readiness of Kuala
Lumpur. The embassy does not know that there is a
specific threat at the moment.
The embassy encourages Norwegian citizens to keep
abreast of the situation in the country and to listen to
the advice of the Malaysian authorities. It is
especially encouraged to avoid large crowds.
Kidnapping: Abductions of tourists
have occurred on the east coast of the Malaysian state
of Sabah on Borneo, especially on the islands of the
Sulu archipelago. Since the beginning of the 2000s,
tourists in this area have been regularly kidnapped. The
motive is, among other things, to raise ransom, and a
number of abducted people have been killed. The entire
coast of eastern Sabah from Sandakan to Tawau, including
the islands and dive sites outside, is considered to be
particularly vulnerable. In 2015 and 2016, a number of
kidnappings have been carried out in the area.
Getting help to call an ambulance can be problematic. It
can therefore be an advantage to bring your own mobile
phone. The emergency number in Malaysia is 999.
The embassy recommends that if possible a good
private hospital, preferably Gleneagles if you are in
the Kuala Lumpur/Penang area. The embassy also has lists
of hospitals in other areas.
When traveling outside the hotel, you should always
carry your insurance certificate and passport
number/copy of your passport with you.
The border area of Thailand:
Travelers/residents are advised not to cross the border
from Malaysia to Thailand through the Thai provinces of
Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla.
Natural Disasters: Malaysia is not
particularly vulnerable to natural disasters, but it is
important to follow messages and instructions from local
authorities. Malaysian territory is not particularly
vulnerable to earthquakes.
The biggest natural hazards are seasonal floods due
to tropical rainfall. The eastern part of the Malaysian
Peninsula is exposed to heavy rainstorms during the
monsoon period October-February. These can in turn
trigger the soil. Northern Malaysia was hit by heavy
floods in December 2014, with hundreds more dead and
It is important to follow messages and instructions
from local authorities.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegians do not need a visa to stay in Malaysia for
up to three months. It is important to remember that the
passport is valid for at least six months upon entry
into Malaysia. For longer stays in Malaysia we recommend
that you get a copy of your passport with the entry
stamp. Malaysia accepts emergency passports from Norway,
as long as this is valid for six months upon entry.
When traveling to Borneo (the states of Sabah and
Sarawak) one must be careful to get their passports
stamped there, upon entry, exit and transfer between the
two states. The entry stamps issued by border inspection
in Sabah and Sarawak are valid for as long as one has
legal residence in Malaysia.
Visa: Norwegians are granted a visa
up to 90 days upon arrival in Malaysia. It is important
to remember that the passport you are traveling on is
valid for at least six months from entry into Malaysia.
When requesting a return ticket, you must be able to
show this at the airport.
Passport: The embassy has
experienced that problems can arise for Norwegian
citizens if they lose their passport in Malaysia. The
problems are related to proving the date of entry into
Malaysia. We recommend that all travelers make copies of
their tickets and keep them separately from the
originals and that they generally look after their
passport well. For longer stays in Malaysia we recommend
that you get a copy of your passport with the entry
If you lose your passport in Malaysia, do the
- Report your passport stolen with the tourist
police in Malaysia and get a copy of the review
- Contact the Norwegian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur
for the issue of emergency passports (remember to
bring the police report). Contact information can be
found at the bottom of the page.
- Go to the Immigration Authorities in Malaysia
(Putrajaya) to get a new entry stamp in the
For travel to Malaysia with refugee travel document
(green travel document) and travel document for people
on humanitarian basis (blue travel document), a visa is
However, reservations are made that the entry rules
may be changed at short notice. It is therefore
recommended that the relevant country's authorities be
contacted when planning a trip.
For a visa application for stays of over three
months, as well as more detailed information about
Malaysia, the Malaysian Embassy in Stockholm can be
contacted. It also covers Norway:
Embassy of Malaysia
SE-100 41 Stockholm
Phone: +46 (8) 440 84 00
Fax: +46 (8) 791 87 60
Opening hours: 08: 30-16: 30
Coronavirus (covid-19): It appears
that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends travel
that is not strictly necessary for all countries.
Travelers are reminded that many airlines are now
reducing the services offered by Malaysia. Norwegian
travelers who are still in Malaysia should, in
consultation with their airline, consider leaving home
as soon as possible. Norwegian travelers should keep
abreast of how the virus is developing.
Feel free to follow local authorities' advice,
guidance and instructions on how to deal with the
situation. On the Ministry of Health Malaysia's websites
, there are continuous updates on the situation in
Malaysian authorities have decided to impose
temporary entry restrictions for foreign nationals. As
of April 3, mandatory quarantine requirements for entry
(excluding transit) apply. The quarantine must be
carried out at the quarantine facilities of the
Malaysian authorities or at a designated hotel, at their
The Movement Control Order (MCO) has been extended
until 28 April. No foreign nationals, with a few
exceptions, can come to Malaysia during this time.
Foreign nationals who can enter Malaysia during the
MCO period are:
- Spouse and children of Malaysian citizens
provided they have Long Term Social Visa
Passport/LTSVP and 'dependent pass'.
- Foreign diplomats accredited to Malaysia, as
well as their spouse and children if they have a
- Foreigners with "Expatriate passports" who work
in "essential services". Approval must be obtained
before departure to Malaysia.
Transiting to international destinations via
Malaysian airports, including KLIA, is still allowed,
but it does not require immigration. The situation is
changing rapidly and one must be prepared that measures
such as entry bans, closed borders, canceled flights and
other measures can make it difficult to return to
Norway. If you are still traveling in Malaysia, you are
urged to contact your travel agent, airline or insurance
company as soon as possible. Norwegian citizens planning
to travel to the airport are advised to contact the
embassy for assistance. The authority requires that all
foreign nationals leaving Malaysia carry a letter issued
from their embassy to allow them to travel freely to the
Based on national health legislation, measures have
been introduced to shut down several sectors, including
schools and kindergartens, as well as restrictions on
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
The prevalence of the diseases dengue fever and
malaria means that normal measures should be taken
against mosquitoes. The Zika virus is considered to be
endemic in Malaysia, ie the virus is thought to be
present in the areas and may act as occasional
occasional or minor outbreaks. Protection against
mosquito bites such as clothing (long-sleeved shirt,
long pants and socks) and use of mosquito repellent are
the most important measures. If you are so unlucky to be
infected, it is important that you seek medical help as
soon as possible.
Dengue fever :
There has been a sharp increase in the number of dengue
fever in recent years, especially in the Selangor,
Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya areas. The
mosquito species that transmit the dengue virus often
stay in and around towns and cities. They usually sting
during the day, unlike mosquitoes that transmit malaria.
However, they can also stick in the evening and night
hours. Common dengue fever is rarely a deadly disease.
In a few cases, the disease can develop into a more
severe form called dengue hemorrhagic fever, which has
higher mortality. This usually happens if you have
previously been infected. There is no vaccine or tablets
for the disease. More information can be found on the
Public Health Institute's website.
Malaria: There is minimal danger of
malaria in Kuala Lumpur and the major cities, nor when
staying at tourist hotels at the major tourist
destinations such as Langkawi. It is recommended to take
malaria tablets when traveling to some wooded inland
areas on the Malacca Peninsula and in Sarawak and Sabah
on Borneo. These should be purchased in the home country
before coming to Malaysia.
Zika: The Zika virus has been found
in Malaysia and parts of Southeast Asia in recent years.
As a result, from May 3, 2017, Norwegian health
authorities have changed advice for pregnant women and
other travelers to areas with zika. In addition, more
testing is open for couples in connection with
pregnancy. Pregnants are advised to postpone unnecessary
travel. More information can be found on the Zika
virus's pages on the Zika virus.
STDs: The most common STDs in
Malaysia are herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.
In addition, the number of HIV/AIDS positive is
increasing in Malaysia. According to the Malaysia Aids
Council, the number of people living with HIV is 90,603
and there were 3330 new cases of infection in 2015.
Food poisoning: Food poisoning and
diarrhea are the most common diseases that travelers to
Malaysia get. In more than 80 percent of cases, diarrhea
is caused by a bacterial infection and can be cured with
antibiotics. Math hygiene is generally good at larger
hotels and restaurants, but very varied in the many
improvised street kitchens available.
Drinking water should be filtered or bottled, making
sure that the seal is not broken. In restaurants you can
order hot water, which means that the water is boiled
before serving. You may want to avoid ice cubes.
Air Pollution: The combination of
high temperature, high humidity and periodic air
pollution can be unpleasant, especially for asthmatics,
and can cause frequent respiratory infections,
especially in the larger cities. The yearly recurring
"haze" due to forest fires, primarily in Indonesia,
occasionally creates acute high air pollution in the
period June-August. If you suffer from asthma or other
air pollution disorders, you may want to get out of town
for a few days.
The Air Ministry's website contains the Air Pollution
Index (API). The National Ministry of Health has
provided the following information; Tips to Beat the
Hospitals: Malaysian private
hospitals consistently maintain a high standard and have
specialists in most areas and disciplines. Medical sales
are good in the larger cities, but watch out for
counterfeit goods. This is especially true of malaria
tablets, which should therefore be purchased before
arriving in the country.
Travelers are advised to take out travel insurance as
private hospital stays can quickly turn up in
substantial sums. Otherwise, refer to health stations in
Norway for an overview of necessary and recommended
vaccines. International vaccination certificate is
You should make sure you take out good travel
insurance, or make sure that the one you have is
sufficient for your next trip. Good travel insurance
will cover, among other things, expenses related to
injuries, accidents, illness, home transport and death.
Traveling abroad without travel insurance can have
major consequences for you or your family. Should you
need hospital treatment and home transport by ambulance
from abroad, the costs can be very high. It can actually
cost you a million.
Always read the insurance terms carefully in advance
(including those in small print), and note the
- Does the insurance cover the country you are
- Is the insurance valid for the entire duration
of the trip?
- Most travel insurance policies have exemption
clauses that include existing illness/chronic
illnesses. If you have an illness/chronic illness,
you should check with your insurance company before
your trip to find out what your insurance covers -
and not cover.
- If the purpose of the trip is to receive
treatment abroad, you should think about what to do
and how to finance special transport to Norway if it
should be necessary after the treatment is
completed. For example, ambulance flights can be
very expensive. If the treatment journey is arranged
through a Norwegian hospital, you should also
address these questions with the hospital in
- If you are going to do special activities during
your stay abroad, such as extreme sports, you should
investigate whether it is necessary to take out
When traveling within the EEA and Switzerland, you
should also bring a European health insurance card which
you can book in the following ways:
- Via the Helfo website
- Via SMS to 26626: Short (space) birth number (11
- Helfo's automatic service phone +47 33 51 22 80
- Contact Helfo service center
The card documents that you have the right to
necessary health care on par with the nationals of the
country of residence, but does not cover, for example,
extra expenses for returning home when you have become
ill or have suffered an accident outside the Nordic
For further information about health care abroad
contact Helfo abroad by phone: 21 06 92 30 or by e-mail:
If you are affected by illness or accident during a
temporary stay abroad, you should contact the insurance
company (alarm center) or tour operator. You may also
need advice or practical help from a nearby foreign
The vast majority of trips abroad go smoothly. Good
preparation is important, especially if the purpose of
the trip is treatment. Remember that everyone can get
sick or be exposed to accidents - also abroad.
Therefore, be well prepared.
The laws of Malaysia reflect the fact that it is a
Muslim country. Therefore, one should dress properly,
respect the local traditions, laws and religion during
their stay. This is especially true during the festive
month of Ramadan and when visiting mosques.
The legislation in Malaysia is based on the federal
law, but also the Sharia law, which applies to all
Muslims. Therefore, visitors risk whipping or long
prison stays in violation of this legislation.
In Malaysia, homosexuality is illegal. Gays should
therefore be careful and aware of this when traveling
there. Public squeezing and kissing between a man and
woman is also not accepted.
Particular attention should be paid to the country's
drug legislation and illegal possession of weapons;
Malaysia automatically carries out the death penalty for
drug trafficking and illegal possession of weapons. For
drug possession, there is a risk of long imprisonment
and possible beatings.
You may be asked to take a urine sample upon arrival
in Malaysia if you are suspected of being affected by
drugs. If this is positive, you can be sent to a
rehabilitation center or deported.
Modes: Point with your whole hand, using your index
finger is considered insulting. Hand greeting is common
in Kuala Lumpur, but less prevalent outside the major
cities, especially for women. A Malaysian greets with a
slight handshake and then takes his hand to his chest.
Some Malaysians do not greet people of the opposite sex.
Preferably use your right hand when giving or
receiving money and goods, when shopping or at a
restaurant. One should not go in front of a person
praying or touching the Qur'an.
Malaysia's official language is Bahasa Malaysia or
Malay. However, English is widely used, especially in
cities. In addition, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hockey, Tamil
and iban are spoken.