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Health Insurance in Malaysia

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Read below for advice and precautions to take in order to stay in good health while in Malaysia :


No mandatory vaccinations for travelers, but a Yellow Fever vaccination is mandatory for travelers over one year old coming from an area that is known to be infected.

Other recommended vaccinations for travelers:

Tetanus-diphtheria, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid and for those people at risk: Tuberculosis, Rabies, and Japanese encephalitis, Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) for those who born after 1956, if not previously given.

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Polio, Tuberculosis, Measles, German Measles, Mumps, Hepatitis A & B, (long stay), Typhoid (long stay for those over 5 years old).


Dining in Malaysia is affordable, and the country's vibrant mix of influencers has created a fabulous buffet of culinary delights to choose from. Anyway a couple of precautions for your health should be taken.

  • Varied and regular supplies.
  • Despite existing rules, there is little respect for hygiene in the markets, restaurants and shops, especially in rural areas.
  • On the other hand the hygiene control on meat is very strict. You can eat well-cooked fish without the risk of getting ill.
  • Milk for babies: Yes, powdered milk: many imported brands.
  • Baby food: yes.


It is not advisable to drink tap water (it is yellowish and has a strong taste of chlorine) without having previously filtered or boiled it. Prefer bottled water.

  • You can find filters on the spot.
  • Imported bottled water: Perrier, Evian, Volvic, Contrexeville.
  • Other non-alcoholic drinks: large variety: Fruit juices, carbonated drinks.
  • Alcohol: allowed.

Local Diseases 

In general Malaysia is very safe. However, the precautions apply for various infectious diseases and health threats that are prevalent.     

In Malaysia, the following diseases are frequent:
  • AIDS
  • Amebiasis
  • Ascaris
  • Bilharziosis
  • Cholera
  • Dengue
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Malaria
  • Poisonous Fish,Snakes,Scorpions,Spiders
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Tetanus
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhoid

Emergency Care

  • Public ambulance in Malaysia, call: 999
  • Private ambulance services Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre call: 603-7956-9999

Other: Direct call to Medical Providers number for assistant.

Country Information

  • Official Name: Federation of Malaysia
  • Government: Constitutional Monarchy
  • Capital:Kuala Lumpur
  • Area: 329,847 sq. km.
  • Main Cities: Kuala Lumpur (capital), Klan, Johor Bahru
  • Official Language: Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai
  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
  • Population: 29.6 million
  • Population Growth: 1.51%
  • Life Expectancy at Birth: 74.28 years
  • Religion(s): Muslim (or Islam - official) 60.4%, Buddhist 19.2%, Christian 9.1%, Hindu 6.3%, Confucianism, Taoism, other traditional Chinese religions 2.6%, other or unknown 1.5%, none 0.8%
  • Find out more: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/my.html

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