ll citizens require a valid passport to enter Malaysia with a validity period of six months beyond the length of their stay. Participants are strongly advised to make sure they fulfill all legal requirements to enter Malaysia. Besides a valid passport, an entry visa may also be required. Please visit the official website of the Immigration Department of Malaysia http://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/main-services/visa to find out whether, depending on your citizenship, country of long-term residence, and the duration and reasons for your stay, you need a visa to enter Malaysia. It is highly recommended to start the process a minimum of 2 ½ months prior to your arrival. Please contact your nearest Malaysian consulate or embassy in your country of residence for further information.
Kuala Lumpur enjoys sub-tropical weather condition throughout the year with temperatures from around 22°C to 33°C (90 Fahrenheit). During November scattered rain and showers are expected but these seldom last more than an hour or two. Light clothing is recommended and attire is informal except for official functions when a lounge suit, national dress or long-sleeved shirt for gentlemen is appropriate. Modest attire (avoid shorts, mini-skirts and bare midriffs) is advisable when visiting mosques, churches, temples, other place of worship and rural villages. A light jacket is recommended when attending the conference sessions and when out in the evenings.
The electric current is 220-240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second (British BS-1363), and power plugs are three-pin, square-shaped. On request, most hotels will provide transformers to visitors with electrical appliances of a different voltage. However, it is advisable to bring an adaptor and transformer for your electrical or electronic equipment using different voltage.
In case of an emergency - dial (the call is free within Kuala Lumpur):
In Kuala Lumpur tipping is not necessary. The more expensive hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge to their bills. While tipping is not expected, it is appreciated when there is no service charge, or where excellent service is encountered.
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Smoking is not permitted in hospitals/clinics, airports, public lifts and toilets, air-conditioned restaurants, public transport, government premises, educational institutions, petrol stations, Internet cafes, shopping complexes and private office spaces with central air-conditioning.
Standard Malaysian time is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Shops are generally open between the hours of 10:00 - 22:00. Banking hours are between the hours of 09:30 - 16:00. Government offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.