Malaysia: A tropical state of mind

Malaysia: A tropical state of mind

Malaysia shares a peninsula with Thailand and part of the island of Borneo with Indonesia and Brunei. In between the large island and the peninsula are numerous islands that are also part of Malaysia and round out this tropical paradise.   Getting in, out, and about   If you’re a traveler with a valid US passport, you can get into Malaysia without the need for a special visa, provided you’re traveling for tourism or business and staying for no more than 90 days. Your passport must remain valid for up to six months beyond your scheduled date of departure.   While you can officially stay for up to 90 days within Malaysia, in practice, your passport will be stamped with an official number of days that you are allowed to stay in the country. This may be for less than the total 90 days allowed. It is possible, however, to extend your visa for up to two additional months.   US travelers with dual citizenship in Israel should use their US passport for entry into Malaysia. In the past, dual citizens presenting an Israeli passport have been denied entry. The presence of Israeli entry or exit stamps on a US passport will most likely not be a reason for Malaysian officials to bar you from the country.   The US Centers for Disease Control recommend travelers be up to date on the common vaccinations when traveling to Malaysia. Additional vaccinations against typhoid and Hepatitis A are also recommended. The tap water in Malaysia is generally not safe to drink. Travelers should drink only from sealed bottled water and avoid using ice cubes made from tap water.   In addition to the recommended vaccines, some travelers may find it advantageous to take additional vaccinations and treatments, although this largely depends on the extent of your vacation plans. Such vaccinations include those against Hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, and rabies.   There is no risk of yellow fever in Malaysia, but if you are traveling from a country that is a designated yellow fever country, even if you’re only passing through that country’s airport, you should consider getting a yellow fever vaccination. Failure to provide proof of a yellow fever vaccination when arriving from a yellow fever country may keep you barred from entering Malaysia.   While the risk for contracting malaria in peninsular Malaysia is relatively low, if you travel to...

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