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Malaysia has a high amount of biodiversity thanks to its tropical climate and a large population of over 30 million people. Its economy is steady and has some of the best economic records in Asia due to its natural resources and science sectors.
The capital city of of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia’s other major cities include Ipoh, George Town, and Klang.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Malaysia. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Malaysia: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, and influenza.
Many mosquito-borne diseases are present in Malaysia including dengue, malaria, Japanese encephalitis and chikungunya. Japanese encephalitis can be prevent through vaccination and malaria through antimalarial medication. But, the other infections are best prevented through use of mosquito repellents, netting and wearing proper clothing.
Medical facilities are common and many doctors are well-trained. Doctors expect payment upfront for any services, though most major cities accept credit cards. Over-the-counter drugs are readily available, but prescriptions must be obtained from doctors.
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now.
This popular Asian destination has experienced many cholera outbreaks over the last decade. The CDC recommends cholera vaccination to all travelers visiting Malaysia.
Individuals visiting areas with active cholera outbreaks, aid workers, people visiting rural areas and those staying with family in-country are at an increased risk.
The best protection against cholera is through vaccination. Passport Health clinics offer Vaxchora, the only cholera vaccine available in the United States. Book your cholera vaccination appointment today!
Passport Health clinics carry Vaxchora, the only cholera vaccine approved for use in the United States. Make sure you’re protected before you go.
A passport that is valid for at least six months is required for entry into Malaysia. You don’t need a visa if your stay is under 90 days. When you enter the country, you will receive a social visit pass, which serves as a visa for 90 days.
If you travel to the states of Sabah and Sarawak, you must have your passport to enter and exit. Immigration officers in Malaysia don’t allow entry for U.S.-Israeli Dual Nationals when if they show their Israeli passport.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling or by filling out our online form.
Malaysia has an equatorial climate where it is hot and humid year-round. The average temperature is consistent throughout the year at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall is high and averages at 98 inches each year.
Malaysia has two monsoon wind seasons one from May to September, the other being from October to March. The climate differs a little in the highlands, with extra cloud cover.
There is a continued terrorist threat in Malaysia for U.S. travelers. There is a high presence of terrorist supporters in Malaysia.
If you are traveling to Sabah, use extreme caution. Kidnappings and violence from terrorist groups are known to occur. Be careful on ferries off of the coast, as terrorist may target these.
Due to these concerns, all U.S. government employees must obtain written permission from the Embassy to visit eastern Sabah.
Petty theft is common in Kuala Lumpur. Stay away from public demonstrations. If you are a woman, try not to travel by yourself, especially at night.
Malaysia is well known to its biodiversity, which attracts tourists to its many national parks.
One of the most popular national parks among botanists include Gunung Gading National Park. This park is home to the world’s largest flower, Rafflesia. The best time to see these three-foot flowers is between November and January.
Tunku Abdul National Park is another popular park located on Manukan Island. Tunku Abdul is best known for its beaches and coral reefs. The island also provides some of the best tourist facilities in Malaysia. The island is accessible by ferry.
Other national parks include Bako National Park, Turtle Islands National Park, and Kinabalu Park.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Malaysia:
All Americans visiting Malaysia should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
Once in Malaysia, the information for the U.S. Embassy is:
U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
376 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
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