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Travel Insurance Malaysia

The country’s catchy tourism slogan ‘Malaysia, Truly Asia’ seems true as this country actually blends in Asian cultures. The country encompasses jaw-dropping skyscrapers, a typical island life, breath-taking tea plantations, and cityscapes. Millions of tourists visit Malaysia every year. There are two large islands in Malaysia that embrace different religions, landscapes, and ethnicities that are united by the Malaysian cuisine and are separated by the South China Sea.

Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s capital with some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. On one hand, Malaysia is a bustling economy and on the other hand, there is an abundance of rivers, wild rainforests, reefs, jungles that are total contrast against its magnificent cities. The diversity of this county is what that makes it special.

Dynamic cities, idyllic islands, beautiful beaches, fabulous food, and wildlife-packed national parks can be seen in Malaysia. Malaysia is a fairly safe country but there are some areas that should be avoided. It is safe only if you are vigilant and follow the advice from taken from hotels, authorities, and tour operators.

Fast Facts about Malaysia

Location

Southeastern Asia. Malaysia shares its borders with Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, and Singapore

Capital

Kuala Lumpur

Government

Constitutional Monarchy

Population

32+ million (2019 est.)

Religions

Buddhist, Muslims, Christian, Hindu, Taoism, Confucianism, and others

Ethnic Make-up

Chinese 23.7%, Malay 50.4%, Indigenous 11%, Indian 7.1%, and others 7.8%

Climate

Tropical ( mostly)

Entry Essentials to Malaysia

Travelers to Malaysia do need to have an internationally recognized Travel Document a valid national Passport or valid for at least six months.

Types of Malaysian Visa

There are three types of visas that are issued by the Malaysian Government to foreign nationals:

Single Entry Visa

Anyone/Foreign nationals who are traveling to Malaysia for a social visit would need this kind of visa. It is usually valid for a single entry and the maximum validity period is 3 months for the issuance date.

Multiple Entry Visa

This kind of visa is required by foreign nationals who are visiting the country multiple times during a year for government-related matter and business related matters.  Usually, it is valid for a period of 3 to 12 months from the issuance date.

Indian citizens who are planning to visit Malaysia for a Social Visit are also eligible to apply for the Multiple Entry Visa. It is valid for a period of one year. The maximum stay for each entry is 30 days and it is not extendible.

Multiple Entry Visa Terms and Conditions:

  1. Sufficient bank balance proof is required to stay in Malaysia
  2. You require a confirmed and valid return ticket
  • Tour groups are not eligible to buy this visa

Transit Visa

Foreign nationals who are visiting or staying in the country during the transit to other countries would require this visa. Foreign nationals who are not leaving the airport premises will not require a transit visa.

Malaysian Visa Procedure

You need to submit and fill a visa application form while applying for a Malaysian Visa. It is easily available on the website of authorized travel agencies. You can also check the application charges for Indian residents through the same website. In case of any visa related queries or any emergency situations, you can visit the Malaysian Consulates and Embassy in India, and the details are listed below:

Embassy / Consulates

Address

Contact Details

Working Hours

Website

Consulate General of Malaysia

Notan Classic Building, 5th Floor, 24th Road, Off Turner Road, Bandra West, Mumbai: 400050

022 2645 5752

Monday to Friday (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) 
Saturday & Sunday – Closed 

 

Consulate General of Malaysia

No.7, Cenotaph 1st Street, Teynampet, Chennai: 600018

044 2433 4434

Monday to Friday (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Saturday & Sunday – Closed 

http://www.kln.gov.my/web/ind_chennai/home

Embassy of Malaysia

Satya Marg, 50-M, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi: 110021

011 2415 9300

Monday to Friday (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) 
Saturday & Sunday – Closed 

http://www.kln.gov.my/web/ind_new-delhi/home

Documents Required for Malaysian Visa

Indians who are applying for a Malaysia tourist visa need to have the following documents:

  • Confirmed return tickets
  • Passport with minimum 2 empty pages and a minimum validity of 6 months
  • Accommodation proof in Malaysia
  • Recent passport sized photographs
  • Minor applicants would need a birth certificate

Unlike another traditional visa process, Indian citizens don’t need to fret about submitting the actual documents. You can apply for Malaysian tourist visa with a soft copy of your passport sized photograph in PNG or JPEG formats. And scanned copies of the documents in a PDF format.

There are certain things that you need to be careful as the Malaysian government is quite strict with passport photo requirements for visa applications. Here are some things that you need to be aware of:

  • Colored photograph with white background
  • Passport photograph size should be 3.5cm x 5cm
  • No borders allowed
  • Passport size photograph should have 60 to 70% of the applicant's face
  • All the features should be noticeable
  • Headgear is allowed only if it’s worn for religious reasons
  • Spectacles should not produce a glare
  • Selfies scanned and color photocopies are not permitted

Once you receive your eNTRI note or eVisa, you should take out a print on an A4 sized sheet and keep it with your passport to be furnished on arrival in Malaysia.

Malaysia Travel Insurance

It is vital to take travel insurance while traveling to Malaysia if you want to enjoy your peace of mind as you explore this exquisite country. In case there is a mishap you know that you have your travel insurance policy to protect you and your pals during your trip. Some of the major benefits of Malaysia Travel insurance include:

  • Comprehensive Coverage: Your Malaysia travel insurance policy would compensate for personal accident expenses, medical evacuation apart from overseas emergency medical expenses. The insurer will also compensate for trip curtailment if the reason for cancellation is covered under the policy. Any baggage delays, flight departure delays, loss or damage of baggage and personal items, and theft is also covered.
  • Trip Cancellation Cover: Non-refundable expenses that were incurred within 60 days (before your departure date) due to trip cancellation within Malaysia due to specific events are covered.
  • Travel Inconvenience: Expenses incurred on travel inconveniences like trip delays, loss or damage to checked-in baggage and your personal belongings will also be covered by the insurance company.
  • Medical & Personal Accident Cover: Based on the product and plan that you have purchased, the insurer will cover specific medical expenses for personal accidents in Malaysia. Most of the travel insurance teams offer 24/7 assistance, in case of an emergency situation, to ensure that you get appropriate medical coverage in an unknown land.
  • Natural Disasters: In case of any natural calamities such as floods, earthquakes, or landslides in Malaysia, the insurer will pay for expenses incurred due to any travel inconveniences.
  • Global Assistance Service: Most of the insurers offer round-the-clock Emergency Assistance services in case of accidental injuries overseas or in case of hospitalization in Malaysia.

Please note that the benefits vary from one insurance provider to another.

Best Time to Visit Malaysia

The best time to visit depends on the purpose of your visit and also the time of your visit. However, here is a quick rundown to help you make the most of your trip:

  • Honeymoon- For honeymooners the resorts on the east coast are ideal. If you want to experience the best weather and the lowest prices and crowd then you can visit the country between March and mid-May. You can also visit during September as there will be minimal rain.
  • Sightseeing- To experience the best of weather, sightseeing and the least amount of rain you can visit between November and March. In Kuala Lumpur, you can also visit the Batu Caves and Petronas Twin Towers.
  • Snorkeling and Diving- For the diving and snorkeling lovers Malaysian eastern peninsula can be visited from April to September. Monsoon season hits from During October and March, Malaysia experiences Monsoon, which makes the visibility unclear and water murky. Some of the best islands to visit are Mabul, Sipadan, Mataking, Kapalai, Lankayan, Pom, Layang-Layang, and Sibuan. For snorkeling and diving, you can visit the west coast between November and August.
  • Beaches-You can enjoy some of the best beaches any time of the year, and also rain showers daily. From March to September the weather is perfect to visit the beaches on the east coast. As September and October witness the maximum rainfall, you can visit the west coast from November to August.

Transportation in Malaysia

Here are some of the best options to get around the city:

By Taxi

Taxis in Malaysia mostly run on a meter, however, there are drivers who may charge you extra during the peak hours, so you would need to bargain for a fixed price. If the roads are busy, some drivers would also refuse to drive you to a particular place. In such a situation, you may have to rely on other modes of transport like rail or bus. 

By Rail

The rail system in Malaysia is fast, modern, cheap and safe, and can be the ideal mode of travel in Malaysia. You can take both express trains and local trains. Do not forget to check their schedules as they tend to change frequently! 

By Flight

The two major airports for domestic flights in Malaysia are Kota Kinabalu (East Malaysia) and Kuala Lumpur (Peninsular Malaysia). You can pick from Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, and Malindo Air for economical inter-country travel. So, if you are traveling from Peninsular Malaysia to East Malaysia, you would need to travel by air, or you can travel via Indonesia. The flight time is around two hours and it is recommended to book the flights in advance.

By Water

There is a number of boat options such as, the Perhentians, Tioman, Langkawi, Penang that run between Malaysia's mainlands and to offshore islands. You can either pay directly on the boat or buy the tickets at the jetty.

International Airports in Malaysia

Airport

City

Penang International Airport

Penang

Senai International Airport

Senai

Malacca International Airport

Batu Berendam

Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Sepang

Kuching International Airport

Kuching

Langkawi International Airport

Langkawi

Kuching Port Airport

Kuching

Kota Kinabalu International Airport

Kota Kinabalu

Malaysia Weather

If are visiting the west coast, the highlands or the lowlands, the weather is mostly dry from November to March, it is the ideal time and you can take advantage of the lowest prices.

And if you are going to the east coast, then the best time to visit is April to September to avoid the bad weather.

If you have a limited budget, then you can visit Malaysia during March, May, and August as it the cheapest times to visit the country.

Simply put, weather in Malaysia is consistently hot and humid throughout the year and it ranges from 21 degrees to 32 degrees at sea level. The temperature ranges from 15°C to 25°C in the highlands.

The west coast experiences its wet season from April to October, Malaysia experiences wet season, and mild thundershowers offer great relief from the humidity.

The east coast’s rainy season is from November to February, the east coast experiences the rainy season and the west coast experiences heavy rainfall. During this time most of the beaches and accommodation are closed and they reopen in March.

Top Tourist Spots in Malaysia

The country offers a plethora of tourist spots for travelers.

    • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sepilok
    • Blue Mansion in George Town
    • Penang National Park in Teluk Bahang
    • Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sepilok
    • Tawau Hills Park in Eastern Sabah
    • Agop Batu Tulug in Sungai Kinabatangan
    • Kellie’s Castle in Perak
    • Batu Caves in Selangor

Shopping Attractions in Malaysia

There is a myriad of shopping opportunities in Malaysia for its customers, from the latest electronic hardware, designer brands, to hand-crafted wooden baskets and elegant Malay garments. The best shopping destinations are Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Langkawi. And the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia and Malacca is a shopping hub for cultural handicrafts.  

Here is a list of best-shopping destinations in Malaysia.

      • Central Market Kuala Lumpur
      • Suria KLCC in the Petronas Towers
      • Pavilion Kuala Lumpur for top brands
      • Berjaya Times Square is one of the largest shopping malls in the world
      • Langkawi Parade is one of the biggest malls in Langkawi
      • Cameron Square in the Cameron Highlands
      • Central Market
      • Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall for budget shopping
      • The Zon Shopping Paradise for a duty-free shopping experience
      • Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur for street shopping with a Chinese touch

The rule of thumb is that you cannot bargain anything that comes with a price tag, particularly at malls and supermarkets. However, if you are shopping at the night markets and along with the roadside stalls then you can use your bargaining skills.

      • Night market vendors usually accept cash and most shopping complexes and shops in malls majorly use credit cards.
      • For shopaholics, the best news is that most of the malls open till 10 pm and you have all the time to splurge in shopping adventures.

Eating Out in Malaysia

When in Malaysia, always check with the locals about their favorite hawker stalls and they will tell you about the night-time street extravaganza. On weekends the streets are too busy so you will have to find a spot. Some of the popular with tourists are char koay kak i.e. eggs, wok-fried rice cakes, bean sprouts, and preserved radish) and a version of Hokkien mee that mixed noodles in a prawn broth and everything else.

Malaysian population comprises of Chinese, Malays, and Indians, and their local cuisine is influenced by Indian and Chinese cuisines. Here is a list of few Indian restaurants that serve vegetarian food as well:

Restaurant

Cuisines

Pakeeza Restaurant & Catering, Ipoh

Indian

Gem Restaurant, Georgetown

Indian

Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju, Bangsar

Indian, Asian, Malaysian

Pak Putra Tandoori Restaurant, Malacca

Indian, Asian

Annalakshmi Vegetarian Restaurant, Brickfields

Indian, Asian

Hotels in Malaysia

For a pleasant stay, you stay in a hotel that is closer to popular local sites and is in proximity to the famous localities in Kuala Lumpur. All the properties usually offer basic amenities, such as the business center, outdoor pool; parking space, breakfast, and Wi-Fi, etc. 
Budget travelers who want to stay at a luxury location can find the perfect ambiance in Kuala Lumpur hotels at an economical price.  Some of the best hotel properties that you can check out are as follows:

      • Legoland Malaysia Resort
      • MOV Hotel
      • Sama-Sama Hotel
      • The Rucksack Cartel - Garden Wing
      • Berjaya Langkawi Resort - Malaysia
      • Amari Johor Bahru
      • PARKROYAL Penang Resort
      • Sunway Putra Hotel
      • Hard Rock Hotel Penang
      • Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru

Things to Do in Malaysia

      • Kuala Lumpur: Visit the buzzing capital of Malaysia, which is home to some of the world's tallest twin towers, the Petronas Towers that look magnificent from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park. There are plenty of things to do within a budget. For nature lovers, there is Perdana Botanical Garden and KL Forest Eco Park. Then you can also take a walking tour through the Merdeka Square, and the capital's colonial heart, and the lively Indian district of Brickfields.
      • Cameron Highlands:You must visit this oldest tourist spot to embrace a wide stretch of hills that are covered in tea plantations. If you love hiking then your go-to place is Cameron Highlands and embrace the natural beauty as you pass through lush green forests, visiting the old temples and witness the mesmerizing beautiful scenery on the way.
      • Malacca: It is called the port city and is one of the most popular tourist spots. Visit Malacca for their famous weekend night markets, heritage museums, and glitzy rickshaws. It was accredited as the UNESCO’s world heritage site and is a popular shooting spot for Bollywood movies.
      • Tioman Island:Your trip to Malaysia is incomplete without a visit to the beaches. Visit the Tioman Island that is situated in the South China Sea, which is no less than a paradise. A lot of people come here to relax and indulge in adventurous activities. From world-class climbing to waterfalls, jungle hikes to diving, and culinary exploration, there is a lot that the island has to offer.
      • Ipoh: It is one of the oldest and largest cities of Malaysia and is also the capital of Malaysia's Perak state. The century’s old buildings have been renovated and you will find artistic cafes in every nook and corner. Visit Ipoh to experience a perfect mixture of colonial masterpieces, traditional coffee shops, and contemporary street art.

Top Hospitals in Malaysia

Malaysia is known for its quality medical facilities, its highly-skilled and internationally-trained medical professionals, and relatively economical medical procedures. The major downside is the average waiting time, especially in larger cities. Expats can avail treatment in public hospitals if the employer provides the benefits. So, in case you find yourself stuck in an emergency situation, your travel health insurance policy would serve you the purpose.  For visitors and expats some of the best hospitals are as follows:

      • Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital
      • Bagan Specialist Center Jalan Bagan 1 Butterworth
      • Assunta Hospital Jalan Templer Petaling Jaya 46990 Malaysia
      • Columbia Asia Medical Center, Miri
      • Columbia Asia Medical Center, Seremban
      • Damai Service Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
      • Damai Specialist Center, Lorong Tepus Off Jalan Damai
      • Fatimah Hospital
      • Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre
      • Gleneagles Medical Centre Penang
      • Hospital Pantai Ayer Keroh 
      • Johore Specialist Hospital
      • Kedah Medical Center (formerly known as Pusat Pakar Utara)
      • Kinta Medical Center
      • Kuantan Specialist Center

Money Saving Tips

Despite being an exotic, celebrated, and an awesome travel destination, backpackers can easily enjoy their trip to Malaysia within their budget. With some planning and advance preparation, traveling to Malaysia on a budget is not that difficult. 

      • Travel during Monsoon- it is quite cheap to travel during the monsoon season that lasts from November to March and is considered as the countries quiet period.
      • Use Local Transportation- Most of the budget travelers choose tuk-tuks or cabs or that can be found are easily found outside the airport. You can also use Grab, which is reliable and cheaper than taxis.
      • Pick your Accommodation Wisely- If you are traveling a budget, then hostels should be your preferred option while traveling to Malaysia. The rooms are usually decent throughout Malaysia. In Kuala Lumpur, backpackers have there are two preferred spots for backpackers in Kuala Lumpur: the Chinatown near the Pasar Seni LRT station and the Changkat in Bukit Bintang. You can find one as per your requirements. You can find hotels also within your budget.
      • Eat like the Locals- If you are traveling during the monsoon season, then you are likely to get cheaper food options and comparatively larger portions.

Embassy Information in Malaysia

If you find yourself stuck in an emergency situation during your trip including natural disasters, loss of passport, political upheaval or any other emergency, you can get in touch with the Indian Consulate/Embassy in Malaysia. And the details are as follows:

Consulate/Embassy

Working hours

Address

Contact details

Website

High Commission of India

Monday to Friday (9:00 am to 5:30 pm)
Saturday & Sunday –closed

1, jalan mon't kiara, mont kiara, kuala lumpur, 50480, wilayah persekutuan

+60 3-6205 2350

 
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