28th International Input-Output Association Conference
and
10th Edition of the International School of I-O Analysis
5th - 10th July 2020, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia





  

General Information


Entry Requirements into Malaysia

  1. Possess a Passport or Travel Document

    The documents must be valid for more than 6 months from the date of entry into Malaysia. Please check the validity of your passport.

  2. Meet Visa requirements

    Visa must be applied and obtained in advance at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad before entering Malaysia. Detail on matters relating to visa application and requirement can be found at: http://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/visa/types-of-visa.html An online visa application platform, eVISA is available for selected foreign nationals to apply for an electronic visa to enter Malaysia. Please refer to http://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/visa/evisa.html for e-VISA nationality eligibility and application guidelines.

  3. Possess a valid return travel ticket and sufficient funds

    A visitor is required to prove his financial ability to stay in Malaysia and possess a confirmed return travel ticket or a travel ticket to a third country.

  4. Not a prohibited person

    Any person classified under Section 8 of Immigration Act 1959/63 will not be allowed to enter Malaysia even though he/she is in possession of a valid Passport or Travel Document, Visa, travel ticket and sufficient funds.

  5. Completes the arrival/departure card

    A visitor must present his/her passport together with the duly completed arrival / departure card to the Immigration officer on duty and he/she must ensure that the passport or travel document is endorsed with the appropriate pass before leaving the immigration counter.

  6. Customs Laws

    Visitors to Kuala Lumpur may enter or leave the country with a maximum of RM 10,000. There is a duty free allowance on pens, lighters, watches, cameras, up to 20 packs of cigarettes, and 1 litre of liquor that you bring with you. Exporting antiquities is highly regulated and may require a tax or even be illegal. The drug laws are strict and many carry a mandatory death penalty.


Currency

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.


Communications

  1. Communicating with the conference organiser

    There will be liaison officers stationed at the secretariat desk at the conference venue during the whole duration of the event. Further communications beyond the stipulated time can be directed through Whatsapp of which the number will be informed at the beginning of the conference.

  2. Communicating while in Malaysia

    Mobile phones in Malaysia operate with four major mobile telephone providers that are TM Berhad, Celcom (013, 019, and 0148), Maxis (012, 017, and 0142), DiGi (010, 016, 0146, 014-30, 014-31, and 014-32), and U Mobile (018). There are also 4G Provider – Yes 4G and P1 WiMax which are fully Digital WiMAX Operators.

    Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased at convenience stores, and other authorized dealers in various denominations. Please bring along your passport for registration at the point of purchase.

    Stored-value phonecards or International Calling Cards in various denominations can be purchased at convenience stores, and other authorized retail outlets. Public payphones operated by credit card and/or stored-value phonecards can also be used to make local and international calls. Public payphones can be found in most shopping complexes and public places.

    Emergency Numbers
    Ambulance/Fire Brigade/Police999
    Accidents/Natural Disasters999

    Dialing Codes
    IDD Country Codes60

    Directory Assistance
    Local Directory Assistance108

    Airports
    KLIA03-8778 8888
    KLIA 203-8778 5000
    Subang Airport03-7845 3245

    Food Delivery
    Domino's1 300 88 8333
    MacDonalds1 300 13 1300
    Pizza Hut1 300 88 2525
    Foodpanda (https://www.foodpanda.my)03-9226 1827

Electricity in Malaysia

In Malaysia, the standard voltage is 230/240 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Malaysia uses the British Standard BS 1363 domestic AC power plugs and sockets of type G.

This design is not only in use in the United Kingdom and Ireland, but also in Sri Langka, Cyprus, Malta, Gilbraltar, Botswana, Ghana, Hong Kong, Macau, Brunei, Oman, Singapore, Kenya, Nigeria, Iraq, and Qatar. BS 1363 is also standard in several of the former British Caribbean colonies such as St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenada.


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.


Clothing

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.


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