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Malaysia / Immigration Regulations

Railway Station

Photo: Butterworth Railway Station in Penang.

Visitors must be in possession of national passports or other internationally recognized 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.

Visitors on social and business visit purposes are to be guided by the following visa requirements:

Visa Exemption:

No visas are required for citizens of Commonwealth countries (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.

Three Months Visa-Free Visit

Citizens of Albania, Austria, Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Republic of Slovakia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Lebanon, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Qatar, 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 Month 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. As regulations may change from time to time, it is advisable to check with the nearest Malaysian Embassy before your departure.

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Malaysia / Currency

Malaysian Ringgit

Photo: Malaysian Ringgit

The unit of currency is the Malaysian Ringgit indicated as (RM) which is equivalent to 100 sen.

Coins are issued in denominations of 1 sen, 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen, 50 sen and RM1.00. Currency notes are in RM1, RM2, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, RM100, RM 500 and RM1,000.

Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be converted to Malaysian Ringgit at banks or authorised money changers throughout the country.

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Malaysia / Celebrations and Holidays

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri is celebrated by Muslims after the month-long Ramadan (Fasting month). Muslims usher in the new year with prayers in the mosques followed by receiving well-wishers in their homes.

Chinese New Year (January/February)

Chinese New Year is a joyous time when friends and relatives give each other "angpows" - red packets with a gift of cash as a token of prosperity - and celebrate with feasts and lion dances to ward off evil spirits and usher in the lunar new year. Family reunion dinners are a must among Chinese on the eve of the new year.

City Day (1 February)

Kuala Lumpur commemorates its declaration as a Federal Territory on 1 February with festivities centred at Taman Tasik Perdana, its premier lake gardens and Taman Titiwangsa.

Floral Festival

Photo: Flora Festival / Parade

Flora Festival/Parade (July)

Kuala Lumpur, the Garden City blooms even lovelier during this week!. There will be flora hunts, flower sales, exhibitions of Malaysia's diverse flora at public gardens, and hotel lobbies. Shopping complexes will also be attractively-displayed with floral arrangements. The week culminates in a spectacular international Floral Parade.

National Day (31 August)

The country celebrates it's independence on 31 August with parades and shows. Towns and cities throughout Malaysia will be gaily decorated and adorned with lights for the grand occasion.

Malaysia Fest (September)

For two weeks, all the major hotels and shopping complexes join forces to feature the culture, cuisine and handicrafts of the various states in Malaysia.

Shopping Carnival (October)

Bargains galore at shopping establishments in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Penang during this annual two- week shopping extravaganza.

Deepavali (October/November)

Deepavali, the "Festival of Lights" is a celebration which marks the triumph of good over evil. During this festival, Hindu homes are emblazoned with lights to symbolize this triumph.

Christmas (25 December)

Christmas is celebrated by Christians similar to any other part of the world. Midnight services are held at churches on Christmas eve. Shopping centres, hotels, old folks homes and children's homes echo with beautiful carols. The revelry and yuletide spirit of Christmas is enjoyed by Christians and non-Christians alike.