Dress is generally informal in Kota Kinabalu except on social, diplomatic or government occasions when a suit and tie is appropriate for the non-Muslims.

Light clothing is appropriate as Kota Kinabalu only has one season which is summer.  Shorts, miniskirts and sleeveless garments for women are not advisable, especially in rural areas. 


The Malaysian currency is known as Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) or (RM). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.



Complimentary airport transfers will be provided by the organisers for Conference delegates staying at the Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu Hotell.
Please provide your most updated flight details on the registration site for transfers to be arranged accordingly.


Taxi service is the the only form of public transport from the new Terminal 1. Fixed rate from the airport to the town center is RM30 per taxi (up to 4 people).

Buy a coupon from the Airport Taxi counter in the middle of Arrivals (Level 1). Proceed to the taxi rank outside and hand your coupon to the taxi driver.

Kota Kinabalu Airport Taxi Counter



All visitors are required to complete an Arrival/Departure card, a Customs Declaration, and if required, a Travelers Declaration Form (TDF) and Quarantine Form. These are given out during all inbound Malaysia Airlines' flights. Travellers are no longer required to complete the TDF except under the following circumstances:

  • Resident and non-resident travelers who carry Ringgit in excess of RM 1,000.00
  • Resident travelers who take out foreign currency notes and/or travelers cheques exceeding the equivalent of RM 10,000.
  • Non-resident travelers who bring into Malaysia more than US$2,500 equivalent.


The current practice of obtaining prior written approval from Bank Negara Malaysia remains unchanged for the following:

  • Resident and non-resident travelers who carry Ringgit in excess of RM 1,000.00
  • Resident travelers who take out foreign currency notes and/or travelers cheques exceeding the equivalent of RM 10,000.
  • Non-Resident travelers who take out foreign notes and traveler's cheques in excess of the amount brought in, provided the amount taken out is more than the equivalent of US$ 2,500.


The TDF form should be handed to the immigration officer together with the disembarkation card and passport.


Under a special arrangement during the formation of Malaysia, non-local Sabahans must filled in immigration papers before entry into Sabah. This is inclusive of foreign, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia Residents.

Passport must be valid for a period of 6 months from the time of your visit to Sabah. Upon arrival, visas given are normally for 30 days, and can be extended for another 60 days at the Immigration Department in Kota Kinabalu.

  • No visa is needed for nationals of Commonwealth countries except for Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nigeria.
  • Nationals from Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Netherlands, San Marino and Liechtenstein do not require visas.
  • No visa is required for a stay not exceeding three months for nationals of Algeria, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan. Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Slovak, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, U.A.E., U.S.A. and Yemen.
  • No visa is required for U.S.A citizens visiting Malaysia for Social, business or academic purposes (except for local employment)
  • No visa is required for a stay of less than one month for nationals of all ASEAN countries and Hong Kong. For a stay exceeding one month a visa will be required, except for nationals of Brunei and Singapore.
  • No visa is required for a stay exceeding one month for nationals of Argentina, Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Corsica, Costa Rica, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Gabon, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Laos, Macedonia, Slovenia, South Africa and Zaire.
  • No visa is required for a stay not exceeding 14 days for nationals of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Syria.
  • No visa is required for a stay not exceeding seven days for nationals of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Byelorussia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirghisztan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldovia, Romania, Russian Federation, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbeskitan.

Nationals of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Republic of China, Cuba, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Certificate of Identity (CI) holders must obtain a visa before entering Malaysia.

Nationals of countries other than those stated above (with the exception of Israel) are allowed to enter Malaysia without a visa for a visit not exceeding one month.


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