About Malaysia & Sarawak

Malaysia is a multi-racial and multi-cultural melting pot with a cosmopolitan population made up of Malays, Chinese, Indians and numerous ethnic groups. Here, one can experience a wealth of cultural and racial diversity that is both colourful and unique.

Malaysia is rich in culture and a haven for food. It comes as no surprise that our country is well known for its variety of food. Diverse cuisine from gourmet to hawker food easily available at affordable prices.

Malaysia plays host to a wealth of exotic islands. Pulau Perhentian and Langkawi is the popular choice for sand and surf enthusiasts. The dense jungles of Sabah and Sarawak support abundant plant and wildlife and Mount Kinabalu in Sabah stakes its claim as the highest peak in South East Asia.

 

About Sarawak

Welcome to the land of the hornbills! Sarawak is located on the island of Borneo, the third largest island in the world, north of the Equator. With its beautiful blue skies and tropical breezes you can bathe in the sandy beaches and palm-fringed state of Sarawak. Tropical showers cool the land with heavier rainfalls during the monsoon months from November to March.

If adventure had a home, it would be the vast wilderness. Grand, green, awesome! Like no other place on earth. If adventure had a home, it would be filled with the friendliest people on earth. People of different races, religions and cultures. If adventure had a home, it would be here when one arrives as a guest and leaves as family. If adventure had a home, its home would be Sarawak, where adventure lives.

*Further information can also be obtained from the Sarawak Tourism's official portal, http://www.sarawaktourism.com/.

 

ABOUT KUCHING

Kuching (population: 580,000), popularly known as the Cat City, is the capital of Sarawak, Malaysia's largest state. Covering 124,450 sq km it is almost equivalent in size to Greece. A multicultural city, Kuching is fast establishing itself as a fresh meetings destination. The State Government has invested heavily in state of the art meetings infrastructure and also provides financial and in kind support for international conventions.

Kuching (population: 580,000), popularly known as the Cat City, is the capital of Sarawak, Malaysia's largest state. Covering 124,450 sq km it is almost equivalent in size to Greece. A multicultural city, Kuching is fast establishing itself as a fresh meetings destination. The State Government has invested heavily in state of the art meetings infrastructure and also provides financial and in kind support for international conventions.

 

GENERAL INFO

How to Get to Sarawak
Sarawak can be accessed via efficient air links with frequent flights from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bharu, Kota Kinabalu and Penang in Peninsular Malaysia as well as from Singapore, Brunei, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Perth and other European cities. Currently there is an average of 2,500 flight seats per day into Kuching from Kuala Lumpur as well as the regional hubs mentioned above.
The principal carriers servicing Kuching are:
• Malaysia Airlines (MAS)
• MAS Wings
• Royal Brunei Airlines
• Air Asia (regional low cost carrier)
• Silk Air
• Jetstar
• Tiger Airways and
• Batavia Air

BANK
The Ringgit, the Malaysian currency, is exchangeable at Money Changers and Banks. Travellers cheques may be cashed at any of the banks located in the city. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels and large shops, but beware of illegal surcharges. Banks will advance cash against major credit cards. With American Express, Visa and Master Card as well as Cirrus, Plus and Maestrobank (debit) cards, you can withdraw money from ATMs in big cities and many towns. Sterling and US dollar travellers cheques can be cashed at Malaysian banks, licensed money changers and some hotels.
Banking hours are generally Mon-Fri 09:30-16:00 and alternate Sat 09:30-12:0 (1st and 3rd).

 

Language
The official language of the Symposium will be English.

 

Visa Requirements
All delegates will require a valid passport to enter Malaysia and Sarawak. Citizens of Commonwealth and European Countries will be granted a visa upon arrival. Delegates are encouraged to contact their local Malaysian consulate to confirm visa requirements before departure.

 

Insurance
Participants are reminded that they should make sure they have appropriate insurance cover for themselves and their possessions before leaving their home country.

 

Time
Malaysia is 8 hours ahead of UK GMT, and 13 hours ahead of US EST.

 

Weather
Malaysia has a typically tropical climate with temperatures ranging between 27 degrees C and 35 degrees C year round and with humidity around the 90% level year round.

 

Electricity
The electricity supply in Malaysia is 220-240V AC at 50 cycles per second. Electrical sockets take UK style square three pin plugs.

 

Smoking Policy
Smoking is not permitted at the venue. Most public places in Malaysia now ban smoking, except in very few designated areas.

 

Participants with special needs

 

VISA ENTRY REQUIREMENT

Passport or Travel Document

Every person entering Malaysia must possess a valid National Passport or internationally recognized Travel Document valid for travel to Malaysia. Any person not in possession of a Passport or Travel Document which is recognized by Malaysian Government must obtain a Document in lieu of Passport. Application for the Document in lieu of Passport can be made at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad. Holders of Travel Documents like a Certificate of Identity, Laisser Passer, Titre de Voyage or a Country's Certificate of Permanent Residence must ensure that their return to the country which issued the document or the country of residence is guaranteed. The documents shall be valid, for more than six (6) months from the date of entry into Malaysia.

Visa Requirement

Foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Malaysia must apply and obtain a visa in advance at Malaysian Representative Office before entering the country. A visa is an endorsement in a passport or other recognized travel document of foreigner indicating that the holder has applied for permission to enter Malaysia and that permission has been granted. Foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Malaysia must apply and obtain a visa in advance at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad before entering the country. Visa, which has been granted, is not absolute guarantee that the holder will be allowed to enter Malaysia. The final decision lies with the Immigration Officer at the entry point.

For more information on Malaysian VISA requirements please visit here.

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