Travelers are advised to exercise normal safety precautions in Malaysia overall. You are advised to exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia.
Other safety, health and security tips include:
- Be careful of snatch thieves and pick pockets, especially in crowded areas. When walking on the road, ensure your bag is held in the arm that is away from the road.
- Australians should avoid all travel to the coastal resorts of eastern Sabah, including the islands, dive sites and associated tourist facilities owing to the continuing high threat of kidnapping. The risk of kidnapping increases on the water and waterfront after nightfall. Information indicates there is a continuing threat of attacks by armed insurgents in or around the coastal regions of eastern Sabah.
- Malaysian police note there may be a possibility of terrorist attacks which could be indiscriminate and may target Western interests or locations frequented by Westerners. Be particularly vigilant of your surroundings.
- Smoke haze across some parts of Malaysia including Kuala Lumpur is usual from June to October but can occur at any time of the year. When haze levels are high, the Malaysian authorities recommend limiting outdoor activity.
- There has been a significant increase in cases of dengue fever throughout 2015 and this trend is expected to continue in 2016.
- Before heading overseas:
- organise comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy
- register your travel and contact details, both with Swinburne University and through Smart Traveller so you can be contacted in the case of an emergency
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