Travel to Malaysia

Malaysia: currency, shopping

The national currency of Malaysia is divided into the Ringgit (MYR) = 100 Sen. One often speaks of the Malaysian dollar.

The following banknotes are valid and in circulation in the country:

  • 1
  • 2
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20th
  • 50
  • 100
  • 500
  • 1000 MYR

Conversion rate

You can find a currency converter here:

Bank opening hours

  • Monday-Friday:9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday:9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Opening times in Sabah:

Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Shop opening times

  • Daily:10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Cheap or country-specific goods, souvenirs,

handicrafts such as:

batik fabrics, silver jewelry, pottery and wood carvings.

Songket is a brocade-like fabric that is embroidered with gold thread and silver thread.

Malaysia: Transport/How to get there

How to get to Malaysia

Air connections

If you are flying to from abroad, you will usually enter Kuala Lumpur’s state-of-the-art airport, Sepang, which is 50 km south of the city.

Malaysia is served by over 40 airlines. The domestic airline Malaysia Airlines is one of the most respected in the world.

The flight from Germany to Frankfurt takes about 11 hours.

Ferry connections

You can enter from Indonesia using the following ferry connections:

West Malaysia:



East Malaysia:



Malaysia can be reached by train from Thailand or Singapore, e.g. B. with the Eastern-Oriental-Express.


The train runs from Singapore via Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok.


From Thailand you can enter overland at five border crossings.

Travel in the country

Air connections

Malaysia has a dense local air network.

If you want to travel longer distances or from West to East Malaysia, the most comfortable way to travel is by plane.

Air Asia, the country’s low-cost airline, which now also offers flights abroad, offers an inexpensive alternative to Malaysia Airlines.


The Malaysian peninsula is excellently developed by the state railway KTMB. The rail network is around 2,500 km long.

Eastern-Oriental Express

The train runs from Singapore via Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok.


A dense bus network with buses both with and without air conditioning runs through the country. Buses are an inexpensive and efficient way of getting around Malaysia.


Malaysia has a dense and good road network of around 66,000 km. About 50,000 km of these are tarred. There are around 1,200 km of expressways.


cars Rental cars can be rented in many places.

The Malaysian Automobile Club has the following Internet address:

Traffic rules

In Malaysia there is left-hand traffic.

Top speeds

  • Urban: in built-up areas there is a speed limit of 50 km/h
  • Country roads: there is a speed limit of 90 km/h on country roads
  • Motorways: there is a speed limit of 110 km/h on motorways

Special regulations

Wearing seat belts is compulsory, for example in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


alcohol limits In Malaysia there is a blood alcohol limit of 0.8 per mille for drivers of motor vehicles.

International license plate

According to Abbreviationfinder, Malaysia’s international license plate is:


Tourist office

Malaysia Tourist Office in Germany

Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board

Weissfrauenstr. 12-16

60311 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: 0049 – (0) 69 – 460 9234 20

Fax: 0049 – (0) 69 – 460 9234 99


Web: http: //www.tourismmalaysia. de

Malaysia: entry and exit regulations

Formalities, visas

Germans and all other Europeans do not need a visa to enter the country, but the passport must still be valid for six months. You are entitled to a three-month stay.

Accompanying children should have their own passport or be noted in their parents’ passport.

The following is responsible for issuing visas in Germany:

Embassy of Malaysia in Berlin

Klingelhöfer Strasse 6

10785 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 8857 490

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 8857 490


Departure fee

In many countries, a fee must be paid when leaving the country. This fee when leaving Malaysia is:

International Departure Tax: 40 MYR

National Departure Tax: 1 MYR

Import and export of foreign currency

There are no restrictions on the import of foreign currency.

Import and export of goods

The import and export of weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited. In addition, the import and export of plants and animals protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is prohibited. Violation can result in severe penalties.

The following quantities may be imported duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 225 g of tobacco
  • 1 liter of spirits, wine or liqueur
  • Perfume with a value of 200 MYR or less
  • 100 pieces of matches
  • Goods up to a total value of MYR 200

Entry with pets

For the owners of dogs and other animals, the question arises when traveling abroad whether they can even take their animals with them to the chosen travel destination, and if that is possible, then of course the question of the applicable conditions then arises. Here with us you will find all the important information on this topic, seriously researched at the embassies or the Foreign Office.

An import permit is required to import pets into Malaysia. This can be obtained from the Department of Veterinary Servicebe requested in Malaysia. In order for this to be issued, the pet must be vaccinated against rabies and an official veterinary health certificate is required, which must not be older than seven days. In this it must be confirmed that the animal is healthy and free from contagious diseases. The rabies vaccine and the antibody content in the animal’s blood must also be listed in this. In addition, there is a seven-day quarantine requirement for every animal.

Dogs and cats under three months of age should not be brought into Malaysia under any circumstances. A general import ban applies to certain breeds of dogs. These include the Pit Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, Mastiff, Japanese Tosa, Akita, Argentine Mastiff, and Fila Braziliero.

Pets in the airplane

When transporting pets in airplanes, there is the possibility that the animal flies together with an accompanying person (owner) or without such a person.

Transporting animals with an accompanying person (keeper)

In this case, proceed as follows: At the airport, the animal is locked in a transport box provided by the keeper beforehand. It must be ensured that the container is large enough that the animal can stand in it and turn around, and it must also be ensured that no liquids can run out (urine). This is done using suitable absorbent material, in the simplest case using a sufficient amount of newspaper.

There should also be a water bowl and, depending on the length of the flight, enough food. The transport container is handed over to the staff at the check-in counter. The transport fee depends on the weight of the animal. It is imperative to ensure that there is space for the animal for the flight booked, as the number of animals that can be transported is limited.

The animal is located in the machine in an air-conditioned area between the passenger deck and the cargo area. As a rule, no member of the crew takes care of the animal during the flight, not even to give water or food.

However, experience has shown that the stress of checking in and the take-off phase is so stressful for most animals that they sleep for most of the flight. The administration of sedatives before check-in is not only not recommended, as their effects cannot be foreseen under these conditions, but is even prohibited for reasons of security (smuggling). Many airlines also exclude a number of dogs (attack dogs) from transport.

Animal transport without an accompanying person

In this case, a specialist company must be commissioned with the transport, which then takes care of everything else. However, it should be ensured that the animal is picked up at the arrival airport by someone who is familiar to the dog. And of course all import regulations for pets for the country have to be explored beforehand and strictly adhered to.


It has proven to be very helpful if you have accustomed the animal to such a transport container at home a few weeks before the intended flight.


The country’s drug laws are very restrictive.

Drug trafficking in Malaysia faces the death penalty. But even drug possession threatens draconian penalties.

The airlines will point this out again when landing!

Malaysia: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations, and Warnings

Infectious Diseases

  • Malaria: There is a year-round risk of malaria infection in the country, especially in Sabah in Borneo and in the hinterland. There is a rather low risk in West Malaysia and Sarawak. There is no risk of malaria infection in the country’s cities or in the coastal regions. About 60% to 70% of infections occur with the very dangerous malaria tropica, the rest with malaria tertiana.
  • Amoebic dysentery
  • Bacterial agitation
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Chikungunya, a non-fatal but serious viral infection for a healthy adult human, which is transmitted by the mosquito “Aedes albopictus” (tiger mosquito). The name of the disease comes from the East African Swahili (Kiswahili) language and roughly means: “who walks crookedly”.
  • Cholera– but there is only a risk of infection for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
  • dengue fever
  • Intestinal infectionsfrom contaminated food or water, including amoebas, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria
  • Filariasis
  • Typhus
  • Early summer meningoencephalitis
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Japan encephalitis
  • tetanus
  • rabies
  • Typhoid– however, there is only a risk of infection for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food

Vaccination recommendations

When traveling to Malaysia are recommended vaccinations against the following diseases:

  • Cholera– but among travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
  • Diphtheria– a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Japan encephalitis– but only for particularly vulnerable people
  • Polio, polio– vaccination against polio should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Tetanus– a vaccination against tetanus should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Rabies– but only for high-risk travelers who can come into contact with the vector animals.
  • Typhoid– but only for travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.

Malaria prophylaxis

When traveling in the country, especially when traveling to the areas mentioned above, it is strongly advised to undergo malaria prophylaxis. However, if the side effects seem questionable to you, you should at least have a “stand-by preparation” with you.

Compulsory vaccination

For all persons older than a year and arriving from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO, there is a compulsory vaccination against an illness with yellow fever.

Who pays for vaccinations in Germany?

Most children in Germany are vaccinated against a number of infectious diseases at an early age. However, the vaccination protection only lasts up to 10 years, in some cases even shorter. Therefore, before traveling abroad, you should carefully consider against which infectious diseases a vaccination is necessary or useful in the country concerned and whether the vaccination protection, if applicable, was not too long ago.

Most statutory health insurances have been reimbursing the costs for the following vaccinations since June 2007.

There is even no 10 € practice fee – but the insured usually have to pay the statutory additional payment, which is 10% of the vaccine price – that is at least 5 € and a maximum of 10 €. Under these conditions, the following vaccinations are free of charge:

  • cholera
  • diphtheria
  • Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Pneumococci
  • Polyo (polio)
  • Tetanus (tetanus)
  • rabies
  • typhus

The costs of malaria prophylaxis are also reimbursed by some health insurance companies. Private health insurance companies usually (inquire beforehand) also cover the costs mentioned.

Malaysia: embassies, consulates

Visit Countryaah for a full list of Malaysia embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Representations of Malaysia in Germany

The Embassy of Malaysia in Berlin is located in the so-called Tiergarten Triangle – the former Klingelhöfer Triangle in Berlin-Tiergarten. Diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the Federal Republic of Germany go back to 1957. Until 1999 the Malaysian Embassy was in Bonn-Bad Godesberg, until it moved to Berlin on November 11th, 2000. The official inauguration took place on March 19, 2002 in the presence of the Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad instead.

Embassy of Malaysia in Berlin

Klingelhöferstraße 6

10785 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 8857 490

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 8857 4950


Consulate General of Malaysia

Platz der Einheit 1, Kastor, Floor 17-18

60327 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: 0049 – (0) 69 – 87 00 370

Fax: 0049 – (0) 69 – 87 00 37 241

E-Mail: mwfrankfurt @

Honorary Consulate General of Malaysia

Wolf-Hirth-Straße 37

71034 Böblingen

Tel: 0049 – (0) 7031 – 419535

Fax: 0049 – (0) 7031 – 419535


Honorary Consulate General of Malaysia

Kajen 2

20459 Hamburg

Tel: 0049 – (0) 40 – 372172

Fax: 0049 – (0) 40 – 3687249


Honorary Consulate of Malysia in Munich

Schlossstrasse 23

82031 Grünwald

Tel: 0049 – (0) 89 – 189367-0

Fax: 0049 – (0) 89 – 18936729


German representations in Malaysia

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

No 3 Jalan U Thant

55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: 0060 – (0) 3 – 21 70 96 66

Fax: 0060 – (0) 3 – 21 61 98 00

Email: info@kuala-lumpur.diplo. de


Honorary Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany

Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone 3

11900 Penang

Tel: 0060 – (0) 4 – 647 12 88

Fax: 0060 – (0) 4 – 647 21 20

Austrian representations in Malaysia

Embassy of the Republic of Austria

Suite 10, 1-2 Level 10, Wisma Goldhill, 67 Jalan Raja Chulan

50200 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 0060 – (0) 3 – 23 81 71 60/62

Fax: 0060 – (0) 3 – 23 81 71 68



The Austrian embassy in Malaysia is still responsible for Brunei.

Honorary Consulate in Penang

19, Halaman Bukit Gambir 2

11700 Gelugor, Penang

Tel: 0060 – (0) 4 – 656 85 25

Fax: 0060 – (0) 4 – 659 85 25


Representations of Malaysia in Austria

Embassy of Malaysia in Vienna

Floridsdorfer Hauptstrasse 1-7, Florido Tower 24th floor

1210 Vienna

Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 50 51 04 2

Fax: 0043 – (0) 1 – 50 57 94 2

Email: embassy @ embassymalaysia. at

Swiss representations in Malaysia

Embassy of the Swiss Confederation

16 Pesiaran Madge

55000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 0060 – (0) 3 – 21 48 06 22

Fax: 0060 – (0) 3 – 21 48 09 35


Web: http: //

Consulate in Kuching

301 Golden Farm, 6th Mile

93250 Kuching


Tel: 0060 – (0) 82 – 61 24 63

Fax: 0060 – (0) 82 – 61 46 22


Representations of Malaysia in Switzerland

Embassy of Malaysia

Jungfraustraße 1

3005 Bern

Tel: 0041 – (0) 31 – 350 47 00

Fax: 0041 – (0) 31 – 350 47 02



Consulate of Malaysia in Bâle

Riehenring 77

4058 Bâle

Tel: 0041 – (0) 61 – 681 30 70

Consulate General of Malaysia in Geneva

CP 1834, International Cointrin Center, Rte de Pré-Bois 20

1215 Geneva 15

Tel: 0041 – (0) 22 – 710 75 00

Fax: 0041 – (0) 22 – 710 75 01

Email: consgva @

Consulate of Malaysia in Zurich

Löwenstrasse 3

8001 Zurich

Tel: 0041 – (0) 43 – 443 83 62

Fax: 0041 – (0) 43 – 443 83 90


Travel to Malaysia