There are international and local banks in Malaysia. In most states, banking hours are from 9.30am to 4.30pm on weekdays. Malaysa’s currency is called Ringgit Malaysia (RM). Tourists are recommended to always have small denomination of money at hand to make it convenient for payment. As there are many money changers in shopping complexes, airports, train stations and high tourist traffic areas, it is advisable to exchange foreign currencies into Ringgit. All banks also offer this service.
For the latest exchange rates and more details, visit Bank Negara Malaysia
Credit cards are widely accepted in Malaysia. All major banks offer counter and ATM credit card cash advances. Tourists can withdraw cash on these ATMs using their debit cards as well. However, kindly ensure your debit networks match the network listed on the ATM. On top of that, traveller cheques can be exchanged at moneychangers or at bank counters.
Malaysia uses the British Standard BS 1363 domestic AC power plugs and sockets. The voltage used in Malaysia is 230/240 volts – 50hz. If your electrical appliance uses less volts, please use a converter/transformer to step down the 230/240 volts to prevent damage of your electrical appliance. Check on the label of your electrical appliance to see if it is multi-voltage. In Malaysia, the outlets commonly accept 1 type of plug, the one having two parallel flat pins with ground pin. Should your device plug has a different shape, you will need a plug adapter. It is always better to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter for your travel arrangements.
Tourists are recommended to take health precaution against diseases like malaria, dengue fever, rabies and hepatitis, especially if you are visiting the rural areas. Bring along mosquito repellents and sun blocks to protect your skin. Hand sanitizer is good for hygiene purposes. Tourists arriving from Yellow Fever Endemic Zones and other affected areas are required to produce the International Health Certificates showing vaccination has been done.
Although Malaysians are generally humble and friendly, they do reserve their own culture and customs. Visitors are advised to understand and observe the taboos, the do’s and don’ts to avoid provocation.
For a comprehensive street directory in Malaysia:
For list of foreign embassies and consulates in Malaysia:
For useful contacts on emergency, tourist police and tourist information centres:
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For Malaysia hospital directory:
For directory list of Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agent:
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IKHLAS Kembara Plus Takaful - This Takaful plan provides compensation in the event of injuries, disability or death caused by sudden and unforeseen accident, medical expenses incurred as a result of an accident or illness, travel inconvenience and travel assistance for domestic and overseas trips. This plan can be participated by any individual person for themselves, their spouse and children. The family plan is only permitted for single trip only and the age limit of child is between 30 days to 21 years. Period of cover is depends on the duration of the trip/ journey.