28th International Input-Output Association Conference
Entry Requirements into Malaysia
The currency used in Kuala Lumpur is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). Your currency or traveller’s checks can be exchanged at banks or authorized money changers all over the country. To avoid the high rates at the airport exchange booths it is a good idea to come to the country with a small amount of local currency. As May 29th, 2019 1USD = 4.20 MYR.
Electricity in Malaysia
Health & Medication
Malaysia is a warm country, thus please keep yourself well hydrated. No vaccines are required before travelling to the country. Public and private clinics are easily accessible with decent charges. Please refer to your hotel for the closest medical facility.
Prescription medication up to three months’ supply can be brought into Malaysia if accompanied by a letter from your doctor in your native country. Non-prescription medication such as basic painkillers has limits of no more than five items per person. Malaysia has strict laws pertaining narcotics including as prescription medication. If you must carry medication on your person, you will need to carry a verifiable letter from a Malaysian doctor.
There is no shortage of pharmacies in Malaysia and the pharmacists are highly trained professionals. The pharmacies can be found in shopping malls and main shopping areas in KL. Medications such as cough syrups, throat lozenges and other mild medications can be purchased over-the-counter. Anti-biotic medication and asthma treatments can also be purchased on the advice of a pharmacist. However, stronger painkillers such as codeine can only be acquired by prescription from a Malaysian doctor from a licensed clinic.
Visitors are advised to dress appropriately for Malaysia’s tropical rainforest climate. It is nice, humid and sunny in Kuala Lumpur most of the time, but the weather can get very hot with occasional showers and thunderstorms on some months. The rainy seasons are during two monsoon seasons - The Northeast Monsoon (October to March) and the Southwest Monsoon (April to September). The driest periods are usually between May and July. Regardless of the time you visit Malaysia, bringing along an umbrella with you is always a good idea.
Places of worship
As a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious country, different places of worship are easily accessible in Malaysia. Some of these places of worships have also become the icons of the city. For Muslims, in addition to mosques that are available around the city, prayer rooms are also provided in all shopping complexes, airports, hotels and most petrol stations. For others, you only need to ask the locals or your hotel for directions. Most often, your place of worship will just be around the corner.
Please wear appropriate clothing to enter any kind of places of worship in Malaysia. For man, long pants are required and for the ladies, most major mosques have their ladies robe prepared to be worn before entering the premises. The robe is in a special counter normally situated at the entrance.
Safety and security
Similar with most other countries, it is not advisable to walk alone in dark areas either in the city or in the countryside. If it is really necessary, arrange to walk in groups or contact the hotel staff for assistance and advice. Self-security and safety are the upmost issues when travelling aboard. Police officers have their schedule routine patrol in the city streets. In case of emergency, the local emergency number is 999. This call will connect directly to the local emergency call centre.