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Malaysia Travel Insurance

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Since the founding of modern Malaysia, it has shared friendly bilateral ties with Canada. The two countries relate in terms of people-to-people ties, economic ties, security cooperation, and so forth.

The people-to-people ties between Malaysia and Canada are improved by their cooperation in education and tourism. Several Canadian universities maintain study programs and exchange with Malaysia. In 2015, over 1,300 Malaysians were studying in Canada and more than 70,000 Canadians visited Malaysia in 2016.

Furthermore, about 12,000 Canadians claim Malaysian ancestry and 3,000 to 4,000 Canadians live in Malaysia, according to the 2006 Canada’s population census. When traveling to Malaysia, it is important that Canadians have the right Malaysia travel insurance policies or private medical coverage for adequate protection in case of medical emergencies, accidents or hospitalization.

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Basic Information About Malaysia

Some important information on Malaysia Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Malaysian ringgit
Official languages Malay, Malaysian
Capital Kuala Lumpur
Continent Asia
Population Approx. 31.2 million
Plug type Plug type G
Driving side Left-hand side
  • Southwest monsoon – May to September
  • Northeast monsoon – November to March
Laws Local laws and customs

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Malaysia Security Measures for travelers

The decision to travel to Malaysia is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety. But we provide you timely and credible information in our Travel Advice to help you to make a well-informed decision with respect to traveling outside Canada.

Risk Level

Malaysia – Exercise a high degree of caution

Due to the threat of terrorism and criminality, exercise a high degree of caution in Malaysia.

  • Due to the risk of kidnapping and violence, avoid non-essential travel to the east coast of Sabah.

Travel Health Notice – Zika virus

The Public Health Agency of Canada advises travelers on the Zika virus and recommends that Canadians practice special health precautions while traveling in affected countries.

Entry / Exit requirements

Malaysia, just like other countries, decides who passes through its borders and the Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you fail to meet the entry or exit requirements for your destination.

The information on this page was obtained from Malaysian authorities; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.


The entry requirements that apply to you depend on the type of passport you use for travel. Find out about passport requirements from your transportation company before you travel.

  • Regular Canadian Passport – You must hold a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond your duration of stay in Malaysia.
  • Passport for official travel – Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents – When traveling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document, the applicable entry rules may differ. Check with the closest diplomatic mission for your Malaysia before you travel.

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Indonesia Healthcare

Malaysia has a widespread and efficient health care system consisting of a government-based universal healthcare system as well as a private healthcare system. Also, the healthcare standard and quality in Malaysia is high but medical treatment could be expensive. When traveling to Malaysia, you need to have the right Malaysia travel insurance for adequate coverage. Some healthcare centers may require cash payment, so you may also need to travel with enough money to cover potential costs.

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Malaysia Travel Insurance News

Mohamaddin Ketapi, Malaysia’s Tourism, Arts and Culture made a remark about homosexuality which caused ripples in Germany. In his statement, Ketapi said “Homosexuality? I don’t think we have such a thing in our country. I cannot say whether it is safe or not”.

Datuk Seri Dr. Mujahid Yusof Rawa, the Minister in charge of Islamic Affairs said last July that the laws were clear that homosexual activities were prohibited in Malaysia.

Since Malaysia does not welcome homosexuality, it is hostile to Canada’s LGBTQ. In other words, homosexuals from Canada should be cautious and weigh their options before traveling to the Southeast Asian country.

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Malaysia Travel Insurance FAQ

Do you need a Visa for travelling to Malaysia?

Canadian tourists do not need a visa to enter Malaysia for stays up to 90 days. However, you need a business visa and a student visa if you intend to travel to Malaysia for business or education. If you intend to stay more than 90 days, you should apply for an extension at any Malaysian Immigration office. If you participate in Malaysia My Second Home or Mm2h program, a special visa is available to you.

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Can I buy multiple travel insurance policies?

Canadian travelers can purchase multiple Malaysia travel insurance policies if they are not satisfied with the benefits and features offered by a single policy but you are not allowed to double dip when purchasing a policy.

Does travel insurance cover doctor visits?

Malaysia travel insurance policy covers the cost of outpatient services which include doctor visits.

Can I buy travel insurance the day I leave?

You can purchase Malaysia travel insurance coverage the day you leave Canada, you can even purchase at a later date, thanks to the availability of usage-based policies.

How long does a travel insurance claim take?

The time it takes to receive an outcome for your coverage depends on the type of claim you make but if you provide necessary documents to your insurer, you should get an outcome in 10-14 business days.

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