Kuala Lumpur

on August 27th, 2019 (JST) current information.
Furthermore, the details under "Visa" and "Passport" are for Japanese nationals.
This information is likely to change suddenly, so please contact the relevant official authority (e.g., embassy) for the latest information.

Immigration and Visa

Visa

No visa is required for stays of up to ninety days for tourism.

Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. It must also have at least two unused visa pages (that should generally be consecutive). Your fingerprints will be scanned at the time of entry.

  • Visa, passport, and other information is subject to change without notice. Be sure to check with the Embassy, Consulate, or travel agency.

Quarantine

When visiting from Japan, it is prohibited to bring the following items into Malaysia.

  • a. Some fruits, some vegetables
  • b. Seedlings
  • c. Cut flowers, seeds
  • d. Piranhas, turtle eggs
  • e. Eggshells, animal or poultry parts, live animals, live insects, live fish
  • Some types of fruit or vegetables, cut flowers, and seeds can be brought in with an import permit issued by Malaysia and export inspection in Japan.
  • Eggshells, any part of animals and poultry, live animals, live insects, and live fish may sometimes be brought in with an import permit or permit from a relevant agency.

Customs

Bringing in e-cigarettes

As of August 2018, there are no regulations for bringing it in the country.

For bringing and possession of tax-free cigarettes

Upon entering Malaysia, visitors may bring up to 1 bottle of liquor (approx. 1L) and 200 cigarettes (225g of cut tobacco) tax free. When bringing in monies equivalent to or more than US$10,000 (approx. 1.2 million yen), it must be declared to customs. In addition, bringing in obscene materials is prohibited. Carrying in drugs is subject to a maximum penalty that includes death and is imposed even on travelers.

Time difference and Daylight Saving Time

Time difference

Malaysia is 1 hour behind Japan. When it is 12:00 in Japan, it is 11:00 in Malaysia. Daylight saving time is not observed.
There is also a time difference between Malaysia and Thailand. Malaysia is 1 hour ahead of Thailand. Take note when crossing country borders. On the other hand, there is no time difference with Singapore.

Climate

Climate

Malaysia has a tropical climate and there is a rainy season in the east part of the Malay Peninsula and Borneo from October until March. There is a rainy season in the west as well from March to early April and from October to November, but the rainfall is not as heavy as it is in the east coast.

High temperatures/low temperatures in Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo

  • Data for Tokyo is from statistical information from the Japan Meteorological Agency; data for Kuala Lumpur is from the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Malaysian government)

Precipitation in Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo

  • Data for Tokyo is from statistical information from the Japan Meteorological Agency; data for Kuala Lumpur is from the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Malaysian government)
The average maximum temperature in Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur, The average minimum temperature in Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur
month The average maximum temperature in Tokyo The average minimum temperature in Tokyo The average maximum temperature in Kuala Lumpur The average minimum temperature in Kuala Lumpur
Jan. 10℃ 2℃ 31℃ 23℃
Feb. 10℃ 2℃ 32℃ 23℃
Mar. 13℃ 5℃ 32℃ 24℃
Apr. 18℃ 10℃ 32℃ 24℃
May 23℃ 15℃ 32℃ 24℃
Jun. 25℃ 18℃ 32℃ 24℃
Jul. 28℃ 23℃ 32℃ 24℃
Aug. 31℃ 24℃ 32℃ 24℃
Sep. 27℃ 21℃ 32℃ 24℃
Oct. 23℃ 15℃ 31℃ 24℃
Nov. 17℃ 10℃ 31℃ 24℃
Dec. 13℃ 5℃ 31℃ 24℃
The average precipitation in Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur
month The average precipitation in Tokyo The average precipitation in Kuala Lumpur
Jan. 50mm 150mm
Feb. 60mm 150mm
Mar. 120mm 220mm
Apr. 130mm 260mm
May 140mm 170mm
Jun. 170mm 110mm
Jul. 160mm 110mm
Aug. 170mm 140mm
Sep. 210mm 160mm
Oct. 200mm 250mm
Nov. 90mm 250mm
Dec. 40mm 210mm

Currency and Exchange Rate, Tax, Currency exchange, Tip

Currency and Exchange Rate

The unit of currency is the Malaysian ringgit (RM), which is divided into the Malaysian sen (¢). 1 ringgit equals 100 sen. RM1 is approx. JPY25.25 (as of July 15, 2019).
There are six denominations of banknotes: RM100, RM50, RM20, RM10, RM5, and RM1. There are four types of coins: 50¢, 20¢, 10¢, and 5¢.

Tax

Tourism tax was introduced in September 2017 consisting of a flat-rate tax of RM10 per night levied on accommodation charges (excludes accomodation facilities with a total of four rooms or less). When staying on Penang Island, Langkawi Island, or in Malacca, an additional local hotel tax introduded at an earlier date is levied in addition to the federal tax. The Goods & Services Tax (GST), similar to the Japanese Consumption Tax, was discontinued on June 1, 2018.

Currency Exchange

Currency can be exchanged at a bank or authorized moneychanger in town. Currency can be exchanged at hotels, but the rate is poor.

Tip

Basically, there is no custom of tipping, but it is catching on in tourist areas. When receiving excellent service in tourist areas, it is a good idea to smoothly leave a tip. Porters should be tipped around RM5. A tip is not necessary when a service charge of 10% is included in fees at hotels and restaurants.

Voltage and plug

Voltage

Voltage is 240V with a cycle of 50Hz. Many outlets are the three-prong Type BF. A transformer and converter plug is necessary when using electric products from Japan.

Video and DVD

Video and DVD

Malaysia uses the PAL TV and video system, and the DVD region code is 3. On the other hand, the video system in Japan is NTSC, and the DVD region code is 2. When playing VHS and DVD from Japan in Malaysia, or products from Malaysia in Japan, the video system and the region code for both the video and player, must be identical. Of late, region-free DVDs can often be played on computers. There are many knockoff products, so be very careful not to purchase them.

Mail

Mail

Airmail to Japan costs RM0.50 for a postcard and RM1.40 for a sealed letter up to 20g. An extra RM0.35 is added for each 10g thereafter. Mail is delivered to Japan in around 5 to 10 days.

Phone Call

How to phone

Telephoning Japan from Malaysia

When calling Tokyo (03) 1234-5678
STEP1

dial 00 (International telephone identification number)

STEP2

81 (Country Code, Japan )

STEP3

3 (Remove the first 0 for area codes)

STEP4

1234-5678(Other parties telephone number)

Telephoning Malaysia from Japan

When calling Kuala Lumpur (03) 1234-5678
STEP1

International Telephone Company No.

  • 001 (KDDI)*1
  • 0033 (NTT Communications) *1
  • 0061 (SoftBank Telecom) *1
  • 005345 (au Mobile) *2
  • 009130 (NTT DoCoMo Mobile) *3
  • 0046 (SoftBank Mobile)*4
STEP2

010 (International Identification No.)

STEP3

60 (Country Code, Malaysia)

STEP4

3(Area code, remove first 0)

STEP5

1234-5678 (Other parties telephone number)

  • *1.Not required if you have an international registration with "My Line" or "My Line Plus". See URL My Line/My Line Plus(www.myline.org) for details.
  • *2.au does not require 005345.
  • *3.Pre-registration to World Wing is required for NTT DoCoMo. Does not require 009130.
  • *4.Call are possible without dialing 0046 from SoftBank.
  • For the three cell phone carriers, hold down 0 until + appears, then add the country code and the phone number your wish to dial.

Making domestic calls within Malaysia

Public telephone within the cities can be used with coins over RM 0.10, or by using any of the various telephone cards available. Lift the receiver, insert wither coins or telephone cards, and then press the other parties telephone number. Note that, due to the increased use of mobile phones, public telephones around the city have often been removed or are broken.

Holiday / National holiday

Holiday / National holiday

  • January 1: New Year's
  • February 5 to 6: Chinese New Year*1
  • May 1: May Day
  • May 19: Wesak Day (Birth of Buddha)*1
  • June 3: Birthday of SPB Yang di Pertuan Agong*1
  • June 5 to 6: Hari Raya Puasa (Eid All-Fitr)*1
  • August 11: Hari Raya Haji (Festival of Sacrifice)*1
  • August 31: National Day
  • September 1: Islamic New Year*1
  • September 16: Malaysia Day
  • October 27: Diwali (Hindu festival of lights)*1
  • November 9: Prophet Muhammad's Birthday*1
  • December 25: Christmas
  • *1.Note that some national holidays fall on different days, depending on the year.

Language

Language

The language is Malay, but English is also often understood. Other languages include Chinese and Tamil.

Business hours, etc

Business hours

Banks

Mon. to Fri. 9:00 to 16:00, closed on Sat., Sun., holidays.

Public Institutions

Mon. to Thu. 8:00 to 12:45/14:00 to 16:15, Fri. 8:00 to 12:45/14:45 to 16:15, Sat. 8:00 to 12:45, closed Sun. and holidays.

  • On the east coast of the Malay Peninsula, they are often closed on Fridays.

Shops

Mon. to Sat. 9:00 to 19:00, closed on Sun.

  • Basically, department stores and shopping centers are open from around 10:00 to 22:00, but many shops start later than the opening hours, so be careful when visiting in the morning.

Embassy

Embassy of Japan in Malaysia

11, Persiaran Stonor, Off Jl. Tun Razak, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
URL:Embassy of Japan in Malaysia(www.my.emb-japan.go.jp)

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