Relocate to Malaysia: Things you should know before moving to Malaysia

If you are thinking of relocating to Kuala Lumpur or any other city in Malaysia, you should first consider how to move your personal belongings at the lowest price possible. Eurosender’s low-cost and reliable international removal services will help you to save on average moving costs to Malaysia, by matching you with the best logistics provider for the job. You can check the cost of moving to Malaysia from USA, UK, Australia or anywhere else, right now in just a few clicks.

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THE BASICS

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Malaysia is a diverse home to many different cultures and nationalities, so it is no surprise many expats are moving to Malaysia from UK and USA as well as neighbouring Asian countries. White sandy beaches, bustling cities and abundant job opportunities for foreigners are just a few things to look forward to when settling into life in Malaysia. Here are some basic facts any expat should know before immigrating to Malaysia:
Capital:
Kuala Lumpur
Timezone
UTC +8
Currency
Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Population
32 million
Official Language
Malay
Dialling code
+60
Emergency number
112
Driving
On the left side

BEFORE MOVING

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Visa regulations for Malaysia

For those travelling to Malaysia, many countries including UK, USA and Australia have a visa-free regime which allows you to stay for up to 90 days without working or studying. Foreigners from other countries such as China, India, Serbia and Montenegro can easily apply for an e-visa online.
If you plan on staying in Malaysia for more than 90 days, you must apply for a residence permit, student visa or work permit before you move to Malaysia. You can find all the necessary information on the Malaysia immigration website.

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Property prices in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is one of the most popular cities for expats moving to Malaysia, and many find the cost of renting an apartment in this or any other Malaysian city quite reasonable.

  • The average price for renting a one-bedroom apartment in the centre of Kuala Lumpur will be around 1.400 – 3000 RM (€293 – €628) per month.
  • If you are considering the costs of living in Malaysia with a family, a 3-bedroom apartment costs between 2.500 – 8000 RM (€523 – €1675) per month.

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LIVING IN MALAYSIA

The cost of living in Malaysia

Just like property prices, when living in Malaysia as an expat you will find the cost of living per month to be lower than expected if compared to neighbouring countries. For things like food and public transport in Malaysia, the prices are quite low. However, luxury items such as cigarettes, alcohol or cosmetics are quite heavily taxed, so it is a good idea to buy these duty-free products before you go.

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The job market in Malaysia

In order to obtain a work permit for Malaysia, you must first secure an employment contract with a Malaysian company valid for a minimum of 2 years, before you decide to move. Due to the number of international companies in Malaysia, the Malaysian job market is very competitive. However, job opportunities for foreigners in Malaysia can be found in tourism, communications and science. It is also a good idea when looking for jobs in Kuala Lumpur or any other Malaysian city to check which international companies are hiring, or if you are already working for one in your home country, explore the possibility of relocating to Malaysia through your employer.


The education system in Malaysia

The school system in Malaysia is very similar to most countries, and there are plenty of options for international schools for foreign students. The International School of Kuala Lumpur is one of the most popular choices for expats with children, and Malaysian universities offer programs for international students.

Preschool
Age: 3-6
Compulsory: No
Elementary school
Age: 7-12
Compulsory: Yes
Secondary school
Age: 13-18
Compulsory: Yes

Healthcare in Malaysia

The healthcare system in Malaysia consists of both public and private sectors, with the quality and price of healthcare leading to an increase in medical tourism in recent years. It is a good idea to make sure you have adequate health insurance when you first relocate to Malaysia from USA, UK or anywhere else, to cover you for any unexpected medical bills.


Driving in Malaysia: Should I get a Malaysian driver’s licence?

Driving in Malaysia with a foreign license is permitted for up to 90 days, with an international driving permit. After this time, you must exchange your license and obtain a Malaysian one.

Fuel prices in Malaysia are cheaper than a lot of western countries, so a road trip during your first months is an excellent idea to explore your new home. When you are moving to Malaysia from UK, USA or Australia, for example, you may find the roads quite hectic compared to driving at home. It is important to remember that in Malaysia they drive on the left-hand side of the road, and look out for motorcycles, as these are very popular in major cities.

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What else to expect when you immigrate to Malaysia

    • The media and the Internet are government-controlled. Be careful with how you express yourself on social media.
    • The heat is always with you in Malaysia. The average temperature is a few degrees above 30 Celsius. So, be sure to know your way around the A/C.
    • Due to the sweltering temperatures all day long, people hang out in shopping centres, more than out in the street.

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MOVING DESTINATIONS

See the most popular countries from where people immigrate to Malaysia

How to immigrate to Malaysia from the USA

Moving to Malaysia from the USA, you’re probably wondering how you can save on your average costs of moving house to Malaysia. Eurosender’s reliable and low-cost solutions will match you with the cheapest way to move furniture and belongings to Malaysia, or shipping for any sized move or urgency. You can be sure you are saving on the average cost of moving house to Malaysia right now. Simply tell us the dimensions of your shipment and pick-up and delivery locations.

How to migrate to Malaysia from Australia

Australian expats in Malaysia have trusted Eurosender to save their average moving costs by arranging low-cost removal services to Kuala Lumpur, Penang and anywhere else. You can check the price for moving to Malaysia from Australia in a few simple clicks, and be sure you have found the cheapest way to move personal belongings and furniture to Malaysia.

Moving from Singapore to Malaysia

If you are relocating to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore, or anywhere else in Malaysia, be sure to check the cost of moving to Malaysia first. Eurosender’s low-cost international removals to Malaysia will help you save on your average costs of moving to Malaysia and you can check the price right now, in just a few clicks. By saving you time and money, Eurosender can help you settle into expat life in Kuala Lumpur or anywhere in Malaysia sooner.


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