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Living in Malaysia guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Malaysia with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Expats in Malaysia can enjoy a tropical climate and diverse culture in a country with a growing economy, as well as good connections to the wider region.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • If you wish to travel to Malaysia, you should first inquire about entry requirements in the country, especially in terms of visas.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Though citizens of almost 100 countries can travel to Malaysia visa-free, it is advisable to check entry requirements with your closest Malaysian embassy.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Expats are able to set up different types of businesses in Malaysia, with recent liberalisation allowing up to 100% foreign ownership in certain sectors.

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  • Performing an internship in Malaysia can be an interesting way to discover not only a booming economy but also a different professional world.

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  • Subang Jaya is a short distance from Malaysia's capital, making it popular with commuters. It is also known as an industrial centre.

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  • Seremban has a large manufacturing sector, and there are several multinationals located there providing expats with job opportunities.

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  • Malaysia tries to prioritise its citizens when it comes to filling job vacancies, however, there are opportunities for expats.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Malaysia offers expats good quality accommodation at affordable prices, whether you are looking to rent or buy a house or apartment.

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  • Ipoh is located in a scenic setting in Malaysia, and offers expats affordable housing with the benefits of numerous amenities and outdoor activities.

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  • Klang is Malaysia's former capital and retains a regal glory and cultural richness that attracts expats from around the world.

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  • The Malaysian city of Johor Baharu offers expats a short commute if they are working in Singapore. Rental prices in the city are competitive.

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  • Malaysia's capital city Kuala Lumpur is a global city popular with expats. Depending on the location, you can find accommodation at various price points.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • If you're looking to study in Kuala Lumpur, Expat.com gives you an insight into the Malaysian higher education system and some tips about student life.

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  • International students in Malaysia can choose from public or private universities. You can also work in Malaysia following your graduation.

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  • As an international student in Malaysia, you are probably wondering how to cope with the cost of living and make some savings. Here are some tips.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Malaysia has a developed health care system which offers quality services. Moreover, many foreigners visit the country specifically for medical care.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • Malaysia hosts many national and international banks where you can consider opening a bank account, if you have decided to settle there.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • There are different types of tax in Malaysia: road tax, consumption tax, property tax, income tax, etc.. These also apply to foreigners.

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  • As the year draws to a close, it is important to relook at the qualifying tax expenses which will reduce your chargeable income resulting in a lower tax payable. It makes a difference especially if you are in the higher tax brackets. Let us look at some of the reliefs.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Kuala Lumpur has a highly developed transport system, with various rail options, as well as buses and taxis to help you get around.

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  • There are multiple modes of transport to help you navigate Malaysia, as well as the wider region, from bus and train to flights.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Malaysia has a very good road network. After three months (when you can drive with your own licence), you will need an International or Malaysian Licence.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • If you wish to travel to Malaysia with your pet, whether it is a cat or a dog, conditions will vary according to your home country. No birds are permitted.

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  • If you are moving to Malaysia, you will likely need a removal company to ship your belongings there. From Europe, this can take as little as three weeks.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Malaysia has a highly developed telecommunications network. Though fibre broadband is limited, internet speeds are quite good. There is also 4G.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities

Expatriate health insurance in Malaysia

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Moving to Malaysia

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International Wealth Management

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Travel insurance in Malaysia

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