General Information

Visa Requirements
All citizens require a valid passport to enter Malaysia with a validity period of six months beyond the length of their stay. Citizens of Commonwealth and European countries will be granted a visa upon entry. Delegates should contact their local Malaysian consulate to confirm visa requirements. Please contact the MIA Conference Secretariat should you require an invitation letter to attend the Conference.

Malaysia enjoys sub-tropical conditions throughout the year with temperatures hovering around 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit). During November, scattered rain showers will offer a welcome respite from the humidity. Rain showers seldom last for more than a couple of hours leaving a fresh and crisp air.

Local Time
Standard Malaysia time is eight hours ahead of GMT.

The Malaysian Ringgit (RM) is the official currency in Malaysia.

Voltage is 220-240 volts, AC at 50 cycles per second.

Business Hours
Shops are generally open between 10.00 and 22.00 hours. Banking hours are between 09.30 and 16.00 hours. Government offices and banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Tax & Tipping
Tipping is usually not customary in Malaysia. A 6% Goods and Service Tax (GST) and 10% Service Charge are added to rooms, meals and other related services.

Local Transportations

Transportation from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), klia2 to Kuala Lumpur city centre

KLIA Ekspres

KLIA Ekspres is a premium high-speed train service that run at 15-minute intervals during peak hours (every 20 minutes during off-peak) daily between the airport and KL Sentral Station in the city. With a journey time of only 28 minutes non-stop, KLIA Ekspres offers a fast, reliable, safe and comfortable airport transfer. From the KL Sentral Station, you can make an easy connection to your hotel.

VIP Service

The KLIA Ekspres VIP Service combines the efficiency of the KLIA Ekspres train with the personalised service of a chauffeur-driven executive limousine. It provides an exclusive door-to-door transfer between the airport and your city centre hotel. This premium service includes meet-and-greet at the Baggage Reclaim Hall, away from other paging services, and dedicated porter service for your convenience and peace of mind.

Transportation within Kuala Lumpur


The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line covers a distance of 51km and consists of 31 stations of which seven are underground. Daily operating hours are between 0600 - 2400 (Monday - Saturday) and 0600 - 2330 (Sunday, Public Holiday) .


The Light Rail Transit (LRT) namely Kelana Jaya LRT line, Seri Petaling LRT Line and Ampang LRT line covers a distance of 58km and consists of 73 stations. Daily operating hours are between 0600 - 2400. Season tickets can be purchased at any LRT station.


The Kuala Lumpur Monorail system in Malaysia serves 11 stations running 8.6 km and its route starts from Titiwangsa Station to the KL Sentral Station. Daily operation hours are 0600 to 2400 and it is operating at 3-minute intervals.

Commuter Trains

KTM Komuter operates speedy electric train services from the KL Sentral Station to designated points within the city as well as to Port Klang-KL Sentral-Batu Caves and Sg Gadut-KL Sentral-Tg Malim.

City Buses

Major bus lines service the city and suburban areas is Rapid KL


All taxis in KL are fitted with meters and can be hailed at designated taxi stands or booked through phone and mobile apps

Car Rental

Cars can be hired from car rental agencies. Drivers must be in possession of a valid international driving license. Drivers must always drive on the left side of the road.