Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Malaysia. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Bag snatching by thieves in cars or on motorbikes is common so be vigilant while in public.

Credit card fraud through card cloning or double swiping also occurs. Tell your bank that you will be travelling to Malaysia and track your statements carefully on return.


Kuala Lumpur is generally free of tropical diseases such as malaria, typhoid and cholera, but hepatitis A and B inoculations are recommended.