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Last verified: Thursday, 17. October 2019 at 07:24 AM

Malaysia Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Travelling Malaysia is (relatively) safe

Local Situation: 2.2 / 5

Travelling Malaysia is (relatively) safe. We detected travel advisories from 6 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 2.0 / 5

Malaysia shares a land border with 3 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Malaysia), the Advisory Index is 2 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Indonesia (2.5), Thailand with 2.1 and Brunei with 1.3 (of 5).

Advice scoring history for Malaysia

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Malaysia.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Malaysia from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 2.2 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise normal precautions in Malaysia. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory Exercise Increased Caution in: The eastern area of Sabah State due to kidnapping. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/malaysia-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/malaysia

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Malaysia due to the threat of terrorism, crime and the potential for civil unrest. 

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/malaysia

Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Malaysia.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Avoid non-essential travel to coastal areas of eastern Sabah (from Kudat to Tawau, including Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna, including the offshore islands and dive sites) due to the risk of kidnapping.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta normal försiktighet - Undvik demonstrationer och var mycket försiktig i trafiken. Håll reda på pass och värdeföremål. Undvik resor som inte är nödvändiga till Sabahs östkust och öarna vid Sabahs östkust på grund av risken för kidnappning

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/MY

Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Malaysia.

Issued by: Finnish government

Coverage: Sabah

Info: Undvik icke nödvändiga resor

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Når du rejser til Malaysia, bør du til enhver tid være opmærksom på din personlige sikkerhed og være ekstra forsigtig især pga. risikoen for terror. De fleste danskere har ingen problemer under besøg i Malaysia. Vi fraråder alle ikke-nødvendige rejser til kyststrækingen på Sabahs østkyst fra Sandakan til Tawau og til øerne ud for østkysten af ...

Source: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/malaysia/

Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Malaysia.

Issued by: Danish government

Coverage: Kyststrækningen på Sabahs østkyst mellem havnebyerne, Sandakan og Tawau, og til øerne ud for østkysten af den malaysiske del af Borneo fra og med Lankayan i nord til og med Sipadan i syd.

Info: Risiciene er så alvorlige, at du bør have særlige grunde til at besøge området/landet. Vigtige forretningsrejser og presserende familiebegivenheder kan få rejsende til at vurdere, at et besøg er nødvendigt.

Individual rating changes for Malaysia

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Malaysia. Most recent events first.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Malaysia changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government issued a new warning for Malaysia with a rating of 1.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Malaysia with a rating of 2.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Malaysia with a rating of 2.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Malaysia with a rating of 3.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Malaysia with a rating of 2.0.

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The Danish government issued a new warning for Malaysia with a rating of 3.0.

About Malaysia

Malaysia with its capital Kuala Lumpur is a country in Asia (South-Eastern Asia), slightly larger than New Mexico (329,750 km²). The country is located Southeastern Asia, peninsula bordering Thailand and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia, Brunei, and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam. The climate can be described as tropical; annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons. The landscape is coastal plains rising to hills and mountains. With a population of about 25.26 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Kuala Lumpur
Population about 25.26 million
Size 329.750 km²
Size comparable to slightly larger than New Mexico
Common languages English, Malayalam, Malay, Panjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Chinese
Currency Ringgit (short: MYR)
Common voltage (electricity) 240V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900/1800/3G
International phone prefix +60
Internet Top Level Domain .my
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 MY
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 MYS
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 458

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Malaysia is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • air pollution from industrial and vehicular emissions
  • deforestation
  • smoke/haze from Indonesian forest fires
  • water pollution from raw sewage

Natural hazzards

  • flooding
  • forest fires
  • landslides

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Malaysia. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. agriculture processing
  2. electronics
  3. light manufacturing
  4. logging
  5. manufacturing
  6. medical technology
  7. natural gas
  8. natural gas production
  9. oil palm processing
  10. petroleum

Agriculture products

  1. cocoa
  2. palm oil
  3. pepper
  4. rice
  5. rubber
  6. subsistence crops
  7. timber

Malaysian Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Malaysia.

Export products

  1. chemicals
  2. electronic equipment
  3. liquefied natural gas
  4. palm oil
  5. petroleum
  6. rubber
  7. semiconductors
  8. solar panels
  9. textiles
  10. wood

Import products

  1. chemicals
  2. electronics
  3. iron
  4. machinery
  5. petroleum products
  6. plastics
  7. steel products
  8. vehicles

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Malaysia?

Malaysia is currently rated at 2,2 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 6 official sources. Travelling Malaysia is (relatively) safe.

Is it safe to travel Malaysia in 2019?

You are good to go, enjoy your trip to Malaysia.

How many travel advisories do you know for Malaysia?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 6 individual sources for Malaysia.

What is the size of Malaysia?

Malaysia has a size of 329,750 km² or 127,317 mi² which is slightly larger than New Mexico.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.