Malaysian citizens who plan to travel outside the country should take extra precautions. Of late, a number of Malaysians have been arrested at entry points abroad following the discovery of illicit drugs in their procession.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been alerted that there are a number of international criminal syndicates who are targeting Malaysians to serve as unwitting drug couriers.
Malaysian must be fully aware of all the items in their luggage. They should register with the relevant Malaysia mission upon arrival at a foreign country. Those wishing to take up job offers abroad should first verify the status of the employer and the offer.
EXTERNAL INFORMATION DIVISION, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS - TRAVELLING OVERSEAS
1. Malaysian nationals planning to travel overseas are advised to inquire about visa requirements at the High Commission, Embassy or Consulate of their country of destination. Visa requirements may vary depending on the purpose and the length of stay. Regulations are also liable to change, sometimes at short notice. Information on visa requirements for travelling (by country) is available in the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia under the topic Visa Information - Visa requirements for Malaysian (www.kln.gov.my).
2. Apart from visa, it is also important to ensure that: -
2.1 Place and country of destination is safe to visit.
2.2 Validity date of passport is more than six months from date of travel.
2.3 Passport/self-identification document as well as the name, address and telephone number of next-of-kin are available and kept safely while travelling.
3. On arrival at the destination, Malaysians who are planning to stay for more than 3 months in the foreign country are required to register at the nearest Malaysian Mission. Registration can be made by telephone, fax, e-mail or by visiting Mission.
4. For some countries, upon arrival, travellers may be required to produce a World Health Organisation approved International Inoculation Certificate. Presently, the yellow fever vaccine is the only vaccine that could be required. However, a few countries might demand proof that travellers have been inovulated against other diseases. To check on information regarding any disease outbreaks in a country overseas and the relevant inoculate guidelines, contact:
Ministry of Health Malaysia (www.moh.gov.my)