Compare travel insurance for Malaysia

It’s a land of pristine beaches, huge national parks and the urban treasure of Kuala Lumpur. So, it’s easy to see why Malaysia welcomed 25.8 million visitors in 2018. Find out what you should know about Malaysia travel insurance to keep you covered for your trip. 

Wouter Van Rijn From the Travel team
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How much is travel insurance for Malaysia?

If you’re travelling to Malaysia, worldwide travel insurance could cost from £10 for a week or £16 for annual cover, based on Compare the Market data in February 2019.

What kind of travel insurance could I need for Malaysia? 

The type of travel insurance you need depends on the length of your trip, and what you plan to do while you’re away. Malaysia’s a great place for jungle tours, climbing and hiking. But if you’re intending to take part in any of these (or other) adventurous activities, you might find a standard travel insurance policy won’t cover you.

If that’s the case, get in touch with your insurance provider to see if they can amend your policy to include them. If that’s not possible, you may need to look for a specialist provider to get the level of cover you need. Read more on adventure travel insurance.

Do I need a visa to travel to Malaysia?

Brits can enter Malaysia without a visa – for tourism or business – for up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for at least six months from the date you enter Malaysia.

There have been changes in the visa requirements for Thailand, which may affect you if you’re planning to make regular crossings at land borders between Malaysia and Thailand. See Thailand Travel Advice for details.

Do I need vaccinations for Malaysia?

It’s a good idea to visit your doctor about eight weeks before your trip to check that you immunisations are up to date. You might be advised to get vaccinations for diphtheria, hepatitis A, typhoid and tetanus. These are typically free via the NHS

Any other travel tips for Malaysia?

Safety The UK government advises against ‘all but essential’ travel to some areas of Malaysia, such as the islands off the coast of eastern Sabah. Before your trip, check the latest travel guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Climate The country enjoys tropical weather all year round but, generally speaking, there’s a dry season from June to September and a rainy season from December to March.

Time differences Malaysia is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Tipping In general, it’s not custom to tip in Malaysia.

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