Immigration, Visas & Customs
Visitors to Malaysia must be in possession of a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six months beyond the period of stay. Most nationalities do not require visas for social or business visits. For further information, please check with the nearest Malaysian Mission or Tourism Malaysia office in your country. Alternatively browse www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my or www.imi.gov.my. Trafficking in illegal drugs is a serious offence and importing large amounts of foreign currencies requires a declaration.
Arriving in Malaysia
The main gateway to Malaysia is through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) & KLIA 2 ( Low Cost Carrier Terminal ) in Sepang, located approximately 50km south of Kuala Lumpur. Both airports are connected via the KLIA Express. This inter terminal journey will take 3 minutes. Other international airports which serve as entry points are situated in Penang, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi. Over 40 International airlines fly into the country while the national carrier, Malaysia Airlines, has a global network that spans six continents and a national network that covers more than 36 local destinations.
From KLIA there are several transport options to the city among them being the high-speed KLIA Ekspres train, taxis and buses. A non-stop 28-minute ride on the KLIA Ekspres will connect you from the airport to the KL City Air Terminal (KLCAT) at the KL Sentral Station. This state-of-the-art transportation hub offers flight and baggage check-in services for Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Royal Brunei Airlines. KLIA Ekspres departs every 15 minutes during peak hours (5am-9am, 4pm-10pm) and every 20 minutes during off-peak times (9am-4pm, 10pm-12 midnight).
Airport limousine taxis (budget or premier) at KLIA operate using a prepaid coupon system.
Malaysia is also accessible by rail and road from Singapore and Thailand.