Climate
Equatorial/Tropical

Average Temperatures:
Lowlands : 32°C
Highlands : 21°C

Relative Humidity :
85 – 95 %

Currency :
The unit currency is the Malaysian Ringgit (RM).
Foreign currencies can be exchanged for Malaysian Ringgit (RM) at a few 5-star hotels and foreign currency exchange counters located in major shopping complexes.

Major Credit Card and Charge Cards :
VISA, American Express, Diners Club and Master card.

Banking Hours :
Monday to Friday : 10.00am – 3.00pm
Most hotels charge a nominal fee for currency conversion.

Local Time : Standard Malaysian Time is 8 hours ahead of GMT.

Electricity : 240 volt AC /60-cycle system

Language : Bahasa Malaysia is the official and national language. However, English is widely spoken.

Entry into Malaysia :

  1. A valid passport (and visa wherever applicable) is required of all persons entering Malaysia
  2. A Social or Tourist visit Pass does not permit the holder to take up employment, business or professional work in Malaysia.
  3. Visitors from Peninsular Malaysia need only to provide MyKad when entering Sabah.
  4. The Business Visit Pass allows foreign negotiations or inspection of business houses. These passes, however cannot be used for employment purposes or for supervising the installation of new machinery of construction of a factory.
  5. No fee is charged for a Business Visit Pass issued for a period of up to three month. A fee of RM5.00 is imposed for each month thereafter.

Accessibility :
Malaysia Airlines and other airlines operate daily flights from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Bandar Seri Begawan, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo. Within Borneo, Malaysia Airlines operates to most of the towns in Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei.

Local Transportation To/ from the Airport :
Taxis are available from the airport. Taxi coupons can be purchased from the Airport Taxi counter.

By Road
The overland journey from Brunei to Kota Kinabalu takes average of 5 hours and 2 ferry crossings at Temburong and Terusan, in Brunei. In addition, there are 5 checkpoints where passengers have to stamp their passports to cross the borders.

By Ferry
Ferry services from Kota Kinabalu to Labuan are available every day from 7.10am to 3.00pm. For those who intend to go to Brunei, ferries are available from Labuan jetty.

By Bus
Airport Bus shuttle services are available from Kota Kinabalu International Airport and KKIA Terminal 2 to KK City (Padang Merdeka). The shuttle service is available between 7am-7:30pm daily.
OR
For those who wish to take a bus from Kota Kinabalu International Airport, a bus stop is available about 10 minutes walk away. The fare is about RM1.00 per person to the city centre. A bus station behind the Centre Point Complex provides services to areas within Kota Kinabalu city and the suburbs. For those intending to travel to other towns in Sabah, such as Ranau, Sandakan, coaches and taxis are available at the terminal behind the Kota Kinabalu state Library. It is advised that passengers make advanced bookings before their journey.

Important Telephone Numbers (Dial prefix : 6 088)
Emergency Service 999 Fire Service 994
Queen Elizabeth Hospital 219166 Kota Kinabalu Airport 238555
Sabah Electricity Board 282699 Water Complaints 711767
International Assistance 108 Immigration Department 280700
Customs Department 231411 Wildlife Office 214317
Public Complaints 234977 Sabah Tourism Board 212121
Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd 232121 Tourism Malaysia 211732
Sabah Meteorological Dept 234873 Sabah Railway Station 254611
Malaysia Airlines( Reservation ) 213555 Royal Brunei Airlines 242193
Singapore Airlines 255444 Dragonair 254733
Uni Air 263585 Air Asia 215217
Sabah Air 256733 Transmile Air 257719