Traveller's Checklist

  • Malaysia has now fully opened to international visitors since 1 April 2022.
  • No pre-departure and on-arrival testing requirements.
  • COVID-19 screening and quarantine upon arrival is also not required.
  • All arrivals can now enter Malaysia, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • Downloading the MySejahtera app (iOS, Android) and creating an account is still a mandate for all traveller, but you are not required to verify your vaccine status.
  • Physical distancing is no longer mandatory. However, it is encouraged in crowded places.
  • Masks are no longer required to be worn indoors and outdoors but are mandatory for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or exhibit any symptoms of respiratory sickness.
  • Masks are still required in high risks places such as public transport and health-care facilities. And people from “high-risk” categories are encouraged to mask up all the time.

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Important Information

Kota Kinabalu boasts a tropical rainforest climate with consistent temperatures throughout the year. The months from March to September are generally the warmest with temperatures ranging from 27 to 32 degrees Celsius.

Here are some clothing recommendations to help you stay comfortable and enjoy your stay:

  • Lightweight and breathable clothing made of natural fabrics such as cotton or linen are recommended. Avoid synthetic materials as they trap heat and moisture.
  • As the city experiences occasional rainfall, it is recommended to bring a rain jacket or umbrella.
  • Comfortable walking shoes or sandals are a must, as the city has many outdoor attractions and activities.
  • For visits to places of worship, it is recommended to dress modestly and cover your shoulders and legs.
  • Lastly, do not forget to pack swimwear and beachwear if you plan to visit the nearby islands and beaches.

Kota Kinabalu is a melting pot of various cultures. The official language is Malay, which is spoken by the majority of the population. English is also widely spoken and is the main language of business and education.

As almost 50% of Kota Kinabalu’s residents are of Chinese descent, visitors who speak Chinese will not encounter any language problems. Some residents also speak the languages of native Sabahan races. Additionally, a small number of the younger generation speak limited Korean and Japanese.

The official Malaysian Ringgit is widely accepted all over the city of Kota Kinabalu, both locally and internationally.

It is advisable that you change your currency in Kota Kinabalu for better exchange rates. Currencies like the U.S, Singapore, and Australian dollars, and pound sterlings are easiest to change. Considering that you will find plenty of money exchange centers to change your currency to ringgits, you need not worry about the exchanging process. Keep in mind, that there is no fee charged for exchanging currency, however only the exchange rates differ from one agency to another.

Credit cards are widely accepted at all hotels, shopping centres, and tourist places. However it is best to always carry some amount of cash, as not all local shops and markets accept credit card payments.

Access to internet is not a problem in most parts of Kota Kinabalu. Free wifi access is usually provided in hotels and event site.

Affordable internet plans are also available from major network service provider.

Panel Hotels

Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu

5 Star (2.8km away)

Sinsuran, Jln Tun Fuad Stephens, 88000 Kota Kinabalu


Cititel Kota Kinabalu

3 Star (3.2km away)

No. 1, Jalan Singgah Mata 1, Asia City 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


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Sutera Harbour Resort

5 Star (6.2km away)

Sutera Harbour Boulevard
88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


    Ibis Styles Kota Kinabalu

    3 Star (7.8km away)

    Jln Taipan 28, Inanam, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


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    Grandis Hotel Kota Kinabalu

    4 Star (2.5km away)

    Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


      Citadines Waterfront KK

      4 Star (2.6km away)

      G-08, Jln Tun Fuad Stephens, 88000 Kota Kinabalu


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      Getting There

      By Air
      Fast growing air connectivity to Kota Kinabalu places Kota Kinabalu International airport (KKIA) the second busiest airport in Malaysia. There are direct flights from Perth, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Brunei, Bangkok, Hong Kong and many more regional hubs. Full service carrier and low cost carriers operate over 25 daily direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu. BKI is the airport code for Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
      By Car
      The Sabah International Convention Centre is in Kota Kinabalu city, it is situated on the seafront next to the Kota Kinabalu Port along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens towards Tanjung Lipat. The distance from KKIA is 11km.
      By e-Hailing
      Choose from the many operators available such as Grab, AirAsia Rides or Maxim, which offer safe and readily available services at a very reasonable fare. Download these apps from Google/Apple Store, and easily order a ride anytime and anywhere to SICC.
      SICC carparks are accessible throughout 24 hours per day, the security patrolled parking bays is managed by an appointed parking operator. A total of 952 undercover self-parking spaces are available on level 1 and 2, with coach bays accessible for the convenience of visitors at SICC. Wheelchair access is also made easy from all public access
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      Emergency Numbers

      Description Number
      Police & Ambulance
      Civil Defense
      From mobile phones
      Gleneagles Hospital Emergency Service
      KPJ Sabah Hospital Emergency Service