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Fast Facts

Country

The Federation of Malaysia comprises Peninsula Malaysia, the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo (also known as East Malaysia), and deep-sea anchorage Labuan.

Geographical Location

Located between 2° and 7° north of the Equator, Peninsula Malaysia is separated from the states of Sabah and Sarawak by the South China Sea. To the north of Peninsula Malaysia is Thailand while its southern neighbour is Singapore. Sabah and Sarawak are north of Indonesia in Borneo while Sarawak also shares a border with Brunei. Labuan lies 8km off the coast of Borneo adjacent to Sabah.

Area

329,758 sq km

Population

29.3 million
(1.7 million within Kuala Lumpur city centre)
(5.6 million within Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley)

Capital

Kuala Lumpur

People

Malays make up approximately 55% of the population and are the predominant group, while the other 45% are made up of Chinese, Indians and indigenous groups.

Language

Bahasa Malaysia or Malay is the official language while English is widely spoken. Most Malaysians can speak at least two languages, Malay and English, while some are tri-lingual, being able to converse in Mandarin and Tamil too. The indigenous groups also speak various languages and dialects.

Religion

Islam is the country's official religion and other religions are widely practised.

Government

Malaysia is governed by a Parliamentary democracy with a bicameral legislative system. The Head of State is the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, a position that is awarded to a different State Monarch every five years and the Head of Government is the Prime Minister.

Climate

Malaysia enjoys a tropical climate with warm weather all year round. Temperatures range from low of 21°C (70°F) to high of 32°C (90°F). The highlands are cooler with temperatures ranging from 15°C (59° F) to 25°C (77°F). Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.

Distance to Malaysia

Departing from Distance to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
London, United Kingdom 6,557 miles (10,552 km)
Paris, France 6,483 miles (10,432 km)
Rome, Italy 6,038 miles (9,716 km)
Stockholm, Sweden 5,812 miles (9,353 km)
Berlin, Germany 5,979 miles (9,622 km)
Madrid, Spain 6,885 miles (11,079 km)
New York, USA 9,400 miles (15,126 km)
Los Angeles, USA 8,790 miles (14,144 km)
Vancouver, Canada 7,944 miles (12,783 km)
Sydney, Australia 4,106 miles (6,607 km)
Auckland, New Zealand 5,421 miles (8,724 km)
New Delhi, India 2,381 miles (3,831 km)
Bangkok, Thailand 740 miles (1,191 km)
Singapore, Singapore 187 miles (300 km)
Jakarta, Indonesia 726 miles (1,168 km)
Hong Kong, China 1,559 miles (2,508 km)
Beijing, China 2,693 miles (4,335 km)
Taipei, Taiwan 2,007 miles (3,231 km)
Tokyo, Japan 3,304 miles (5,318 km)
Seoul, South Korea 2,864 miles (4,609 km)

Currency

Foreign Exchange Booths are common and clearly state the exchange rate for all major currencies.
 

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are located at major bank branches, most shopping malls, airports, bus terminals, etc. Note that ATMs in Malaysia require a six-digit PIN. Please be advised that if your ATM PIN is more or less than six digits, it should be change before departing.

Banking Hours

Generally banking hours in Malaysia are from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (Mondays - Fridays), although some banks do extend their banking hours. Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are available at convenient locations throughout the country. All the main credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted in major institutions and an ever growing number of shops and restaurants.

 

Most states:
Monday – Friday: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

* Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday. Some banks do open on Saturdays
 

Kelantan and Terengganu:

Sunday – Wednesday: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Thursday: 9.30 am to 4.00 pm

* Closed on Friday, Saturday and Public Holiday

Post Offices

Opens from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm daily, except on the first Saturday of each month, Sundays and public holidays. In Kelantan and Terengganu post offices operates during the same time, but are closed on Fridays and public holidays.

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Electricity

Voltage is 230 - 240 volts AC at 50hz cycles per second. Standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets:

Standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets

Weights and Measures

Malaysia follows the metric system in weights and measures.

Telephones

Local calls can be made from public phones using coins or pre-paid cards. International calls can be made from public phones with card phone facilities or at any Telekom office.

Internet

High Speed Broadband is easily accessible at hotels, internet cafés and shopping malls, among other places.

Accommodation

Malaysia has a wide range of accommodation at competitive rates. Five-star, medium range, budget hotels, youth hostels, beach chalets, resorts and timeshare apartments are just some of the types of accommodation available.
 

Visa

The Malaysian Government issues Three (3) types of visas to foreign nationals:

 

1. Single Entry Visa

This is issued to foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Malaysia mainly for social visit. It is normally valid for a single entry and for a period of three (3) months from the date of issue. 

 

2. Multiple Entry Visa

This is issued to foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Malaysia mainly for business or government-to-government matters. It is normally valid for a period withing three (3) months to twelve (12) months from the date of issue. Citizens of India and the People's Republic of China who wish to enter Malaysia for the purpose of a Social Visit are eligible to apply for the Multiple Entry Visa. The validity of the Multiple Entry Visa is one (1) year. Each entry is for 30 days only and the extension of stay is not allowed.

 

Conditions for the Multiple Entry Visa are:

  • i. The applicant must show proof of sufficient funds for staying in Malaysia
  • ii. The applicant must possess a valid and confirmed return ticket
  • iii. Tour groups are not eligible to apply for Multiple Entry Visa

 

 

3. Transit Visa

This is issued to foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Malaysia mainly on transit to other countries. Foreign nationals on transit without leaving the airport premises and who continue their journey to the next destination with the same flight do not required a transit visa. 

 

How to apply for a Visa

Visa applications must be made at any nearest Malaysian Representative Office Abroad.

 

Application for a Visa Without Reference

Documents required for the application of a visa without reference (approval of visa is given by High Commission of Malaysia) are:

 

  • a. Original passport
  • b. Two (2) photocopies of the applicant's passport
  • c. Two (2) photocopies of the visa applicantion form (Form IMM.47)
  • d. Two (2) passport size photographs of the applicant
  • e. Original and two (2) photocopies of the ticket (confirmed and returned ticket)
  • f. Bank statement / traveller's cheque
  • g. Invitation letter (if any)
  • h. Payment of visa fee

 

Note: Visa Without Reference is required for the purpose of a social visit.

 

Application for a Visa With Reference

Documents which are required for the application of a visa with reference (visa will be issued after the application is being referred and approved by the Department of Immigration Malaysia / Other Agencies of Authority):

 

  • a. Original passport
  • b. Two (2) photocopies of the applicant's passport
  • c. Two (2) photocopies of the visa applicantion form (Form IMM.47)
  • d. Two (2) passport size photographs of the applicant
  • e. Original and two (2) photocopies of an air ticket
  • f. Payment of visa fee

 

Note: Visa With Reference is required for students, those seeking employment, dependants and professionals on a visit pass.

 

  • Visa is not required for stay less than one (1) month for ASEAN nationals except Myanmar. Visa is required for duration of stay that exceeds one (1) month except for Brunei and Singapore nationals.
  • For nationals of Israel who wish to enter, they will require Visa and approval must be granted from Ministry Of Home Affairs, Malaysia.

 

For more information visit Immigration Department of Malaysia

Customs Regulations

Alternatively, information on customs regulations can be obtained from the nearest Malaysian High Commission/Embassy or Consulate.



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