Travel health

Asia Malaysia

Population
31,810,000
Capital
Kuala Lumpur
Currency
Ringgit (MYR)
Language(s)
Malay, English

During your stay

Once there, stay alert as you could be exposed to other diseases for which no vaccines or preventive treatments areavailable.

Chikungunya Virus
Mosquito protection is recommended at all times in certain regions of the country.
Dengue
Dengue fever may be present in this country. To avoid infection, mosquito protection is recommended.
Schistosomiasis
Schistosomiasis is probably no longer present in the country, but it is not certified as eradicated by the WHO. Avoid all contact with fresh water (swimming, fishing, drinking untreated water).
Zika Virus
Mosquito protection is essential throughout the country. Women who are pregnant and couples trying to conceive should take appropriate measures while travelling, and for several months after their return.

Assistance abroad

It is recommended that travellers purchase a travel insurance policy that includes a 24-hour emergency assistanceservice to help them access care and coordinate payment. Be sure to have your insurance company’s phone number withyou at all times.

It is also recommended that you sign up for the “Registration of Canadians Abroad” service. This is a free servicethat allows the Government of Canada to notify you in case of an emergency abroad or at home. The service alsoenables you to receive important information before or during a natural disaster or civil unrest. For moreinformation, visit the Government of Canada website at:travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration.

The Canadian Government has several offices abroad that can provide you with various services when faced with amedical emergency, including:

  • Providing you with names of doctors and health care facilities.
  • Visiting you in the hospital and providing translation/interpretation services.
  • Arranging for a medical evacuation if you require treatment that is not available in the area (note: costs for this service will not be covered by the government but are usually covered by your travel insurance).

If you need any help while travelling, contact:

Emergency services

Dial 999 for emergency assistance.

Consular services

Kuala Lumpur - High Commission of Canada
  • 17th Floor, Menara Tan & Tan, 207 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • +60 3 2718 3333
  • +60 3 2718 3399
  • klmpr.consular@international.gc.ca
Penang - Consulate of Canada
  • 3007, Tingkat Perusahaan 5, Prai Industrial Park, 13600 Prai, Penang, Malaysia
  • +60 4 388 9900
  • +60 4 388 9901
  • tyt@lbsb.com

Make sure that your passport is valid for the entire duration of your stay. Several countries also requiretravelers’ passports to be valid up to six months beyond the expected return date.

Recommended vaccines

Below is a list of immunizations (vaccines) and screenings recommended or required by local health authorities forCanadians travelling to this destination. Note that these are general recommendations. For a personalized protectionprogram adapted to your travelling and health needs, visit a Travel Health Clinic. If you need several vaccines,plan ahead and give yourself several weeks to complete the immunization schedule.

General vaccination and immunization
Vaccines, including diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis and measles are part of Canada's routine immunization schedule. Check to make sure that you have been vaccinated and that you have received the required booster doses. Special recommendations may apply to poliomyelitis, refer to the specialized agencies.
Hepatitis A
Vaccination is recommended for most travellers.
Hepatitis B
Vaccination is recommended for most travellers.
Japanese encephalitis
Vaccination is recommended for any stay longer than one month in endemic regions. It should also be considered if travelling to at-risk areas (e.g., rural area) or if an outbreak is underway in the area, even if staying less than one month.
Malaria
Malaria is present in certain regions of the country. Consequently, prophylaxis is recommended in these regions. Drugs of choice are: atovaquone proguanil, doxycycline, and mefloquine. Also, mosquito protection may lower the risk of contracting mosquito-borne infections such as malaria.
Rabies
Vaccination is recommended for certain groups of travellers only. This includes people who will work there as veterinarians, wildlife workers or spelunkers, as well as adventure travellers. Vaccination is also recommended for children in special circumstances.
Typhoid fever
Most travellers should consider vaccination. Transmission occurs via the fecal-oral route, especially through the ingestion of contaminated food or water.
Yellow fever
A vaccination certificate may be required for certain travellers.