Health & Safety
Health and Medical
It is never a bad idea to get a good quality travel insurance before traveling. Malaysia (including Sabah) is a tropical country. Before starting your travels, we highly recommend you to consult a doctor with experience in the field of travel medicine, especially for those who are intending to be involved in action sports such as water rafting, diving, mountain climbing or hiking. You should do this at least 8 weeks before you plan to leave, to give time for vaccinations if necessary.
Yellow Fever Vaccination
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for any traveller arriving from a yellow fever infected country including – Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Djibouti, Equador, Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Venezuela, Zaire and Zambia.
Typhoid is caused by bacteria found in contaminated food and water. Nowhere in Sabah (and Malaysia) is it advisable to drink tap water. When it comes to food, we don’t think we are in the position to represent all restaurants in Sabah (and Malaysia). Some restaurants have good and hygienic food handling procedures, and some don’t, and we believe this is the case for many restaurants in any parts the world. The best advice we can share is to go to proper restaurants, and to avoid shady-looking street food vendors.
Because of the heat and humidity, visitors should apply sunscreen and be sure to drink adequate amounts of water to keep hydrated. Nowhere in Sabah (and Malaysia) is it advisable to drink tap water without boiling or filtering first. We highly suggest you to buy and drink bottled water at all times.
Malaria is transmitted by a type of night biting mosquito. Risk of malaria is pretty high in deep jungle / hinterland / very rural areas which are not covered in any of our tour packages. Whilst cases of malaria do occur in rural & undeveloped areas of Sabah, risk of malaria is quite low in towns, cities, busy and touristy areas.
Regardless of where you are around the world, always be safe. You should always be alert and exercise caution when traveling.
If you find yourself in any kind of emergency in Malaysia and Sabah, dial 999. If you are calling from a mobile phone, either dial 999 or 112.