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Arriving in Malaysia

Published on 23-Jun-2021

All international students before entering Malaysia are subjected to an RT-PCR COVID-19 three days prior to coming to Malaysia, then they will be quarantined for 10 days.

International students who have to have a visa to enter Malaysia without Malaysian Representative Office in their mother countries are able to enter Malaysia if they get Visa Upon Arrival (VAL) issued by the Department of Immigration of Malaysia. Visa upon Arrival for students will be ready for them at the entry’s spot.

The cost of student visa is between $160 to 260, and fees for Students Pass per year are between $20 to 25. Visa fees might be between $6 to 30, depending on the country of origin, taking into consideration that all fees should be paid instantly to the State Immigration Department.

The best SIM cards for internet in Malaysia:

  • Maxis ONE Plan 98 | RM 98 ($24.08) – 30 GB.
  • Maxis ONE Plan 128 | RM 128 ($31.45) – 40 GB.
  • Maxis ONE Plan 158 | RM 158 ($38.82) – 50 GB.
  • Maxis ONE Plan 188 | RM 188 ($46.19) – 60 GB.
  • Celcom Xpax Prepaid Pack | RM 10 ($2.46) – 1 GB.
  • Digit Prepaid Live.

These are the cheapest smart phones in Malaysia:

  • Realm 6. Best overall cheap/budget Smartphone. ...
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 9. Best budget Smartphone for gaming. ...
  • Honor 9X Pro. Best cheap Smartphone with high-end specs. ...
  • Redmi Note 8T. Best budget Smartphone camera. ...
  • Samsung Galaxy A31. Best budget Samsung Smartphone. ...
  • Realm C11. ...
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite. ...
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro.

Opening a Bank Account

These are the documents required to open a bank account:

  • University Offer Letter.
  • Letter for Opening a Bank Account issued by the International Office to confirm your status as a student in Malaysia.
  • Passport with a valid student visa.
  • Minimum deposit of $70 – 170. This varies from bank to bank.
  • Indemnity Form.

The best bank for international students to open a bank account in is CIMB Islamic Basic Saving Account, provided that international students have students visas without which it is not possible for any international student to open a bank account.

Transportation System

The main means of transportation in Malaysia are available through using buses, trains, cars, motorcycles, airplanes as Malaysia has six international airports.

The transportation system in Malaysia is to the higher extent advanced, in having land, rail ways and air efficient networks to help reduce time and effort.

Airports are well established to be easily connected to bus and train services, which make travel around, from and to the country, flexible and smooth enough in functioning.

Public transport is very cheap for most country’s whereabouts, and it is good for foreign students to buy (TnG) card for just $5 including $3 stored credit.