Malaysia Travel information


Malaysia is located in South-Eastern Asia.

Official language is Malay. Malaysia uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC+08:00.

Sockets & plugs

Adapter required, transformer not needed

Malaysia uses 240V, 50Hz with socket and plug Type G.

Type G



1.00 MYR = €0.21, €1.00 = 4.73 MYR

Malaysia uses the Malaysian ringgit (symbol: RM), code MYR.

Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 ringgits. Ringgit is subdivided into 100 sens. Coins come in denominations of 50, 20, 10 and 5 sens.


Not expected, but can leave extra tip

Tipping is usually not expected in Malaysia. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip. Receipts always include a service charge.



Automatic teller machines are common in Malaysia. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.

You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.



60% slower than in Germany

Internet speed in Malaysia is on average 5.2 Mbps which is 60% slower than in Germany (12.9 Mbps).


WiFi coverage in Malaysia is moderate. It's relatively easy to find one when needed.

Mobile phone

26% cheaper than in Germany

You can buy a SIM card for about 61.39 MYR (€12.97), which includes 2 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Celcom, DiGi, Maxis or U Mobile.

Mobile phones

Malaysia uses similar GSM mobile networks (GSM 900 and GSM 1800) as Germany so you should be able to normally use your mobile phone.


If you don't want to buy SIM card in Malaysia upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Dial code


To call Malaysia from Germany, dial + or 00 (exit code for Germany), then 60 (the country code for Malaysia), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.

Calling from Germany
+  60 3 1234567
00 60 3 1234567
Local call
03 1234567

For local calls within Malaysia, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 3 .

Health & safety


Vaccinations listed are recommended

The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Hepatitis A
Routine immunizations
Typhoid fever

These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.

Hepatitis B
Japanese Encephalitis
Yellow Fever

Travel advisories

No country advisories
World-wide advisories

Advisories that are issued on a world-wide level (may not be related to Malaysia).


Road rules

In Malaysia you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Speed limits

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 110 km/h (68 mph) on motorways, 110 km/h (68 mph) on expressways, 50-70 km/h (31-43 mph) in all built-up areas and 80-90 km/h (49-55 mph) on undivided highways.

Driving license

IDP is required

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.


Emergency numbers

Fire department

Embassy of Germany in Malaysia

26th Floor, Menara Tan & Tan, 207 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur