ICBES 2024

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What You Need To Know

Important Travel Information

Please consult your physician 4-8 weeks for vaccinations before traveling to Malaysia and bring any regular medications with you.

Vaccination

  • From 1st August 2022, all travellers are allowed to enter Malaysia regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status and do not require a pre-departure or on-arrival COVID-19 test. There are no quarantine orders related to COVID-19 enforced by the Malaysian Government upon arrival.
  • A valid vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required from any traveller above one year of age who has visited a yellow fever-infected country up to six days prior to arrival in Malaysia.
  • If you plan to trek in the forest, take anti-malaria pills. It is also advisable to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B or at least to have a gamma-globulin injection prior to your trip.

Please consult your physician 4-8 weeks for vaccinations before traveling to Malaysia and bring any regular medications with you.

Vaccination

  • From 1st August 2022, all travellers are allowed to enter Malaysia regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status and do not require a pre-departure or on-arrival COVID-19 test. There are no quarantine orders related to COVID-19 enforced by the Malaysian Government upon arrival.
  • A valid vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required from any traveller above one year of age who has visited a yellow fever-infected country up to six days prior to arrival in Malaysia.
  • If you plan to trek in the forest, take anti-malaria pills. It is also advisable to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B or at least to have a gamma-globulin injection prior to your trip.

Wearing of mask
Effective 28th September 2022, wearing masks on board is no longer mandatory but is optional, except for flights to destination countries where masks are compulsory. However, it is highly recommended for the following groups of individuals :

  • With symptoms such as fever, cough, and cold.
  • At high risk such as the elderly, people with chronic diseases, with low immunity, and pregnant mothers.
  • Traveling with high-risk people such as the elderly and children.

Information on Entry to Malaysia

MDAC, MALAYSIA DIGITAL ARRIVAL CARD
A disembarkation card (MDAC, MALAYSIA DIGITAL ARRIVAL CARD) has to be filled out and handed to Immigration officials on arrival.

Effective 1 January 2024, all foreign citizens traveling to Malaysia must complete the MDAC, except :

  • Citizens of Singapore
  • Diplomatic and Official Passport holders
  • Malaysian Permanent Residents and Long Term-Pass holders
  • General Certificate of Identity (GCI) Brunei holders
  • Brunei Malaysia Frequent Traveller Facility holders
  • Thailand Border Pass holders
  • Indonesia Cross-Border Travel Document (PLB) holders

Step 1: Before Arriving Malaysia – Complete and submit MDAC within 3 days before arrival in Malaysia: https://imigresen-online.imi.gov.my/mdac/main

Step 2: When Arriving Malaysia – Show MDAC registration and verify your passport at the immigration counter. The completion of this MDAC will be mandatory.

For further information, you can refer to https://www.imi.gov.my/ or https://www.kln.gov.my/

Visa Exemption
Effective 01st December 2023 until 31st December 2024, Chinese and Indian nationalities will be given 30 days of Visa Exemption to enter Malaysia, provided they are :

  • Holding a confirmed return/onward flight.
  • Holding a confirmed hotel reservation.

British, Irish and most Commonwealth citizens do not need a visa. Holders of US passports, for example, can enter Malaysia for three months without a visa.

Other information you should know upon arriving in Malaysia

 

  • Malaysia uses ringgit and sen. RM1=100 sen.
  • Coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 20 and 50 sen, and notes in RM1, RM2, RM5, RM10, RM50 and RM100.
  • Carry a combination of cash and traveller’s cheques and/or a credit card. Cash is imperative in rural areas, but you can change traveller’s cheques and use credit cards in urban areas and established tourist areas.
  • ATMs (cash machines) – ATMs are plentiful in Penang. You’ll find them at the airport, near bank branches, in shopping malls, at petrol stations. Maybank is Malaysia’s largest bank, and it has the largest ATM network in the country. (Note: Banking operation hours are from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm. Some open on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 9.30am to noon.)
  • Credit Cards – The most widely used credit cards are Visa and MasterCard. Diners Club and American Express are less popular but accepted by some merchants. Note that some retailers add a 2–3 percent surcharge for the privilege of using plastic – so ask first before paying. As with everywhere in the world, be watchful of credit card fraud. Make sure you have enough cash before you leave a city.
  • Money Changer – Most currencies can be exchanged for ringgit, but the popular ones are US dollars, British sterling pounds, euros and Singapore dollars. Licensed money changers (open from early morning until late at night) offer better rates than banks, while hotels and shopping centres levy a service charge (usually 2–4 percent)

Penang has a tropical climate, it is advisable to wear cool clothing. Weather is usually sunny, but the heat is generally warm and humid with some expectation of rainy days in the month of November. It is typically the wettest month in Penang. T-shirts and decent shorts are acceptable but avoid skimpy or revealing clothes to avoid unwanted attention.

Shopping malls and restaurants are equipped with air-conditioning so you may want to carry along a light cover-up. It is a requirement to dress modestly when visiting places of worship. Have a small umbrella on hand for outdoor activities, and always carry a bottle of water to keep hydrated amid all that excitement. Do keep in mind that it is not advisable to drink tap water directly.

The official language of Malaysia is Malay, but many locals are proficient in English as well.
  • Passport (Please note visitors must have a minimum of 6 months’ validity on their passport from the date of entry. This is a strict legal requirement from the Malaysian government. If your passport does not meet this requirement, you will be denied entry.)
  • Phone charger / portable phone charger
  • Some local currency cash
  • Adapter plugs (In Malaysia, the plug type G is used – 3 rectangular pins in a triangular pattern)
  • Lightweight clothing – t-shirts, pants, shorts
  • Lightweight rain jacket and sturdy, comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes/hiking shoes for farm visits and forest trails.
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, a lightweight day pack / bag
  • Retractable umbrella or lightweight raincoat (November is raining season in Malaysia)
  • Any prescription medications you may require
  • Paperwork you need in a folder
  • A list of important phone numbers
  • Flashlight
Please note that airfare and travel insurance are not included in the conference fee.

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Entopia

830 Jalan Teluk Bahang
Penang, 11050 Malaysia

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