Travel Information

Visitor Information

Currency
The Malaysian currency is Ringgit Malaysia (RM) which comes in notes and coins. Major currencies can be exchanged at most hotels, banks and licensed money changers. One Ringgit Malaysia is approximately USD 0.22.

Time Zone
Kuching operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 8 hours.

Weather
Malaysia’s year-round tropical weather has sunny days with occasional rainfall and the average temperature ranges from 24°C to 34°C.

Electricity
220-240V AC at 50 cycles per second. Standard UK-type three pin plugs are used.

Water
Bottled mineral water is easily available in shops, restaurants and supermarkets.

Entry Requirements / Visa / Passport
Travellers must hold a valid passport or travel document with a minimum of six months beyond the intended period of visit. Most nationalities do not require visas for social or business visits. For more information, please check the status in http://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/main-services/visa/visa-requirement-by-country.html or check with your local consulate. If you require a letter of invitation to facilitate your visa application, please contact the Conference Secretariat.
If you are coming from, or have recently travelled in, South America or sub-Saharan Africa you must present a certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever upon arrival in Malaysia. Recommended vaccine for visiting Sarawak: Malaria prophylaxis is strongly recommended.

Access by Air
Getting to Malaysia is easy with over 40 airlines, including Malaysia national carrier - Malaysia Airlines. Malaysia's primary gateway is the state-of-the-art Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Visitors can take flights from KLIA to all major cities and towns in the Peninsula, as well as to Sabah and Sarawak. The national budget airline is Air Asia - which flies the domestic routes as well as some international and Asian routes.

Airlines that operate flights to Kuching include:

Transportation from Kuching International Airport to Hotel
Airport Taxi
Airport Taxi coupon counters are located at the arrivals level. One way taxi fares from the airport are fixed. Purchase a coupon at the taxi counter and proceed to the taxi stand outside the terminal.

Transportation within Kuching
Getting around the town is easy. In general, taxis and car rentals are easily available. In Kuching, “Sampan” or boat services are available on the iconic Sarawak River.

  1. City Buses
    The major bus line servicing the city and suburban areas is City Public Link (CPL). Buses are air-conditioned.
  2. Taxis
    All taxis in Kuching are fitted with meters and can be hailed at designated taxi stands or booked through phone.
  3. Car Rental
    Cars can be hired from the registered car rental agencies at the airport. Agencies include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

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