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Clothing and Dress codes
Clothing made of cotton and other natural fibers are more suitable because Malaysia’s climate is generally hot and humid. As for the dress codes, Malaysians usually wear clothing styles which similar with Americans and Europeans, although modesty is observed.

Malaysia is still the world’s largest producer of palm oil, rubber, timber and tin, including manufacturing and service (especially, tourism) which have became main divisions of the economy. Besides, export of electronic products is also one of the major contributors to the nation’s economic growth.

Ringgit Malaysia (RM) is the Malaysian unit of currency, which divided into 100 sens. The currency comes into notes of RM 1, RM 2, RM 5, RM 10, RM 50 and RM 100. Besides, coins are issued in 1 sen, 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen, and 50 sen denominations. Travellers Declaration Form can be obtained from the entry and exit points in Malaysia to declare all the currencies brought into and out of the country. Regulation of the government stated that non-residents are allowed to bring in and out of the country below RM1000 at any given time but foreign currencies are not regulated. All commercial banks are the authorized foreign exchange dealers. However, major hotels are only licensed to buy or accept foreign currencies in form of notes and travellers cheques. 

Quick Financial Tips
  • The Malaysia currency is Ringgit Malaysia, or its abbreviation in RM. In some cases, the currency also written as MYR.
  • The RM denominations are RM 100, RM 50, RM 10, RM 5, RM 2, and RM 1. Coins are in 50 sen, 20 sen, 10 sen, 5 sen, and 1 sen.
  • The standard of the exchange rates are:



RM 3.40



RM 2.70



RM 4.50



RM 2.30



RM 6.80

*For Guideline Only
  • Kuala Lumpur city taxi fares start at RM 2.00, and increases to RM 0.10 every 200 meters. (Note: Tips are not expected to be given or demanded)

  • Credit cards can be used in the majority shopping malls and hotels. Though, a number of the small shops do not accept credit cards.

  • Only Ringgit Malaysia (RM) currency is accepted for businesses transactions in most shops.

  • The Malaysian anchor banks are AmBank Berhad, CIMB Bank Berhad, Malayan Banking Berhad, Public Bank Berhad, and RHB Bank Berhad.

  • Foreign banks in Malaysia are Citibank (M) Berhad, HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad, and The Standard Chartered Bank (M) Berhad (StanChart).

  • Travellers’ cheques
    It can be cashed out at most banks during the office hours. Visitors may place it in the hotel’s safe deposit box, instead of carrying the travellers’ cheques around. Facilities to help visitors to cash the travellers’ cheques are also provided in some hotels. Visitors must keep record of the serial number on the travellers’ cheques. If the visitors report on lost or stolen cheques, serial number must be provided in order for the bank to cancel and provide replacements. For more information on the bank services and service partners, check out the issuing bank’s website.

  • Cash Withdraw / Credit Card Cash Withdrawal
    Visitors can use their home bank cards or credit cards to withdraw from the Automatic Teller Machines (ATM). Visitors must identify which system that the credit cards and ATM cards subscribes to such as Plus, Cirrus, GCB, etc. Visitors can perform transaction with the ATM cards or credit cards if the ATM displays one of the systems’ logos. (Note: Most banks’ ATM services close at midnight everyday)

  • Fund Transfer
    Moneygram ( and Western Union ( systems allow visitors to perform fund transfer. Visitors need to have the recipient account number, own account number, and the payment amount.

  • Currency Exchange
    (Note: Banks in Malaysia are closed for business on weekends)

  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport
    All major currencies are accepted at foreign exchange counters located Departure Hall / Arrival Hall of KLIA. Currently, banks that operate these counters are RHB Bank, Malayan Banking Berhad, and CIMB Bank.

  • Licensed Money Changers
    Licensed Money Changers are available almost everywhere in major Malaysian towns. Besides, International hotels also provided such services which included service fee.

  • Travel Insurance
    Travel Insurance is an additional package that visitors opt to use. Credit cards and airlines do offer insurance for trip to Malaysia which covers accidental death, accident, loss of baggage, flight delays for a certain limit of time, and non-natural disaster.   
Travellers Cheques and Credit Cards
Most international credit cards – Visa, MasterCard, JCB, American Express and Diner Club are widely accepted in the cities. Have the passport ready whenever visitors wish to cash the travellers’ cheques. It is advisable to have Ringgit on hand since the shops do not accept credit cards or travellers’ cheques.  Money-changers and banks are plentiful in towns and cities to exchange currency which gives visitors a better exchange rate than hotels or shops.

There are no major diseases in Malaysia. When visiting Sabah and Sarawak or the remote or swampy areas of Peninsular Malaysia, anti-malaria pills or injections are advised. Those coming from yellow fever endemic areas on the African and South American continents are required to have been inoculated against the fever.

Duty-free Allowance
The allowance per person is as follows:
  • Wine, spirits or liquors not exceeding 1 litre;
  • 225grams of tobacco or 200 cigarettes; matches not exceeding 100 sticks;
  • Cosmetics, soaps and dentifrices not exceeding RM 200;
  • New apparel not exceeding 3 pieces;
  • New footwear not exceeding 1 pair;
  • Portable, electrically and battery-operated appliances for personal care and hygiene not exceeding 1 unit each;
  • Suitable food preparations not exceeding RM 75; and
  • Gifts and souvenirs not exceeding RM 200;

Non-dutiable goods include cameras, watches, pens, lighters, and perfumes.

Prohibited Items
Drugs of any kind are considered illegal. Only prescription medicine is allowed. All firearms are banned and those wishing to bring in any kind, including for sports, must obtain a license from the relevant authority. The penalty for those caught in the two prohibited items is death. For more information, please visit

There are many private schools, with the majority concentrated in the Klang Valley. They range from international schools providing in curricula of different countries such as America, Britain, France, Germany and Japan, to colleges and universities that provide twinning programmes or teach curricula from overseas universities. 

Electricity and Voltage
Electric supply is on a 240-volt AC at 50-cycle per second. Visitors from countries using different electricity voltage systems are advised to bring their converters and adaptors.

Drink boiled water in major cities in Peninsular Malaysia. If unsure of the hygiene standards in hawker centers, stay away from the ice. Bottle water is widely available. Remember to drink enough water.

Medical Services
Medical services are available in most towns at government hospitals and private clinics. Non-prescription drugs are available at pharmacies, as well as supermarkets, hotels, and shopping centers.

Local Touch
Food hawkers selling traditional and local delicacies make up the everyday scenes in big or small towns throughout the country. One can try "teh tarik", a smoothened, creamed tea, and "roti canai", a fluffy pancake prepared by a local person of Indian Muslim ancestry. Spicy Malay food, such as "nasi lemak" and various kinds of Chinese noodles are also popular. People from all walks of life frequent these food stalls.

As Malaysia is a multi-religious country, various Muslim mosques, Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, and Christian churches can be found almost anywhere. Despite the many changes and developments in the cities and big towns, Malaysia has many "kampung" (villages), jungles, beaches, and rice fields. Many houses in the "kampung" are built on stilts. Batik cotton fashion is popular in Malaysia. It can be used for casual wear, as well as formal functions.

Post Offices
POS Malaysia is the national postal company which provides standard postal services, registration service, bulk mailing, franking service, insured letters services, post office box service and payment collection counters. POSLAJU Malaysia is the premium service and is known as EXPEDITED MAIL SERVICE (EMS). Its domestic network comprises of 135 outlets and links with 45 countries internationally.

For more information, please visit the POS Malaysia’s website at

Internet Coverage
Internet services are also widely available particularly in town areas. All internet cafes use a fast Internet connection of 512Mbps to 4Mbps. The rate per hour usage is differing from one place to another.

Weights and Measures
Malaysia follows the metric system which based on the metre and the gram in weights and measures.

Entry Formalities and Visa Requirements
An International Passport or valid travel documents recognized by the Malaysia Government and internationally is required of any foreign national entering Malaysia. Moreover, the former must have sufficient pages for the embarkation stamp upon arrival and be valid for at least 6 months at the date of entry.

The latter should be endorsed with a valid re-entry permit. Visa is not required for travellers coming from Commonwealth countries, except Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Citizens of Israel, Serbia and Montenegro are not allowed to enter Malaysia without prior approval of the Government. Those coming from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand are required to have a visa unless they are on a Social or Business visit for less than one month. For more information, please visit the Malaysian Immigration Department's website at

The cellular telephone is common and there are many services available such as 012 and 017 (Maxis Communications Bhd), 016 (Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd), and 013 and 019 (Celcom (M) Sdn Bhd). Prepaid cards and International Direct Dial (IDD) cards which allow mobile phone usage are widely available at very affordable rates. Besides, Telekom Malaysia provides extensive phone services, including direct dialing to over 200 countries. The operator on 101, directory enquiries on 103, and the international operator 108. 

The international dialing code for Malaysia is 60 and the area code for Kuala Lumpur is 03. When calling Malaysia from overseas dial 00 + country code + area code + telephone number. For example, to call a number 7788 9999 in Kuala Lumpur from overseas, dial 0060377889999. Though, when calling Kuala Lumpur from another place within Malaysia with different area code, then dial 0377889999.

Area Codes

Kuala Lumpur, Selangor
Penang, Langkawi, Kedah, Perlis


Pulau Pangkor, Ipoh, Cameron Highlands, Maxwell Hill


Melaka, Muar, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan




Fraser's Hill, Pulau Tioman, Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Redang, Terengganu, Kuantan, Kota Bahru








Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


  • Speed limit on expressways and highways: 100kph;
  • Speed limit on trunk roads: 80kph;
  • Speed limit on urban roads: 50 kph;
  • Wearing of seat belts is compulsory, though belts are fitted to front seats only;
  • There is random breath-testing: limit of 0.08% blood/alcohol level;
  • Petrol is inexpensive. Unleaded petrol is available and petrol stations are well distributed, especially in or near towns.
Criminal Penalties
Visitors are advised to be conscious of law violation regulations, which might consequence in expulsion, arrestment or imprisonment. Malaysia is strictly enforces its drug laws, prison sentences, and mandatory death penalty can be passed for convicted drug traffickers.8

Business Hours

  • Shops Operating Hours
    The supermarkets and departmental stores in Malaysia are usually open from 1000 – 2200. There are several 24-hours stores in Kuala Lumpur city itself and in the most major towns.
  • Bank Operating Hours
    Most states:
    Monday – Friday: 0930 – 1600
    Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: Closed

    Kelantan and Terengganu:
    Saturday – Wednesday: 0930 – 1600
    Thursday: 0930 – 1130
    Friday: Closed 
Most service establishments including hotel and restaurant, charge a 10% service tax and a 5% government tax. Tips are not expected and tipping is not encouraged.
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