Travel advice for Malaysia.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Malaysia.

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in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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Banknotes

in local currency

  • For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Local currency / ISO Code

Ringgit MYR

Currency exchange rate

MYR 100 = ~ CHF 24.75 ; CHF 1 = ~ MYR 4.04 (07/2020)

Further Information

Credit cards

 

  • Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

  • Use credit card with caution. Unauthorized use is widespread.

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Time difference with Switzerland

+ 7 h / + 6 h during our summer time

National language

Official language

Malay

Language capabilities

English

Capital

Kuala Lumpur

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

220/240 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after end of stay, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Kuala Lumpur, 16 Pesiaran Madge, Tel. +3 21 48 06 22 / +3 21 48 07 51 / +3 21 48 06 39 / +3 21 42 87 66

Opening hours

Banks

9.30 - 15.00 h (Mon - Fri)
10.00 - 22.00 h (Sat)

Stores

9.00 - 21.30 h (daily)

Health situation
  • Do not drink tap water.

  • Mosquito protection advised.

  • Risk of dengue fever.

  • Risk of malaria in certain areas.

  • Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Security

  • Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.

  • Highest caution required when travelling to the east coast of Sabah (Borneo) and the offshore islands.

  • Si consiglia di rispettare le abituali misure precauzionali contro la microcriminalità.

  • Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

Special legal regulations

Severe penalties for violations of drug laws (up to life imprisonment/death penalty).

Cultural characteristics
  • Malaysia is a predominantly Moslem country. Please observe local customs for dress code and conduct.

  • Ramadan 2019: 05.05. - 04.06.

Driving
  • Left-hand driving.

  • Western Malaysia: A Swiss driver's license is accepted for car rentals (with translation from the Swiss Embassy in Kuala Lumpur) if issued at least two years previously (depends on car rental company).

  • Western Malaysia: International driver's licence recommended. Eastern Malaysia: International driver's licence required.

  • Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).

  • Blood alcohol limit: 0.8 ‰.

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Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.

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