Malaysia Travel Advice: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/malaysia
- We advise you to exercise caution and monitor developments that might affect your safety in Malaysia because of the risk of terrorist attack.
- Pay close attention to your personal security and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.
- The air quality in most of Malaysia has deteriorated since 11 July 2011 due to fires in Sumatra and Borneo. Travellers should follow the advice of local authorities and seek medical advice on appropriate precautions. For more information see Health Issues below.
- You should avoid all protests and demonstrations as they may turn violent and involve arrests.
- We strongly advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the islands, dive sites and coastal areas of Eastern Sabah because of the high threat of kidnapping by terrorists and criminals. In the past, terrorists have kidnapped foreigners from coastal areas of Eastern Sabah, the islands and surrounding waters. If you do decide to travel to this region, you should exercise extreme caution.
- If you are intending to travel overland from Malaysia to Thailand, you should also read the travel advice for Thailand which recommends that Australians do not travel to the far southern Thai provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla, including overland travel from and to the Malaysian border through these provinces.