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Moving To Malaysia From The UK

Moving to Malaysia

If you are moving to Malaysia, whether to Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya or Klang, Britannia Movers International has the expertise and the local knowledge to tailor the move to your individual needs.


Importing Personal Effects to Malaysia

Shipments of used household and personal effects can be imported duty free provided that you have owned them for at least three months and will not dispose of them for at least six months. If you are not a citizen of Malaysia, you will need a work or residence permit. All shipments are subject to 100% Customs examination. Your local Britannia Member will provide you with detailed customs regulations. All necessary documentation must be completed and submitted when requested, before your shipment is dispatched. Please note that you must be in the country in order to successfully complete all customs clearance procedures. To assist us with the completion of customs formalities, please provide us with a copy of your passport and visa. The required documentation will be supplied to you on arrival.


Prohibitions and Restrictions

In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:

  • Firearms & ammunition
  • Inflammable goods & substances
  • Plants & plant material
  • Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
  • Narcotics and dangerous goods
  • Offensive materials
  • Alcohol & Tobacco

Transit Times

Groupage or shared containers usually take an average of 8 – 12 weeks door to door. However, this can vary depending on volumes being shipped, customs or immigration delays and prevailing weather conditions. Sole use container loads take on average 5 – 7 weeks door to door.

Bar Coding

Bar Coding

All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.


Domestic Pets

Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.

Find out more about pet transport.


Moving Motor Vehicles to Malaysia

The importation of motor vehicles is comparatively simple, however the registration process is costly and can take time. Your local Britannia Member can give you more information if you wish to ship your vehicle. Motor Vehicles are subject to duties and taxes ranging from 150% to 300%.

International currency exchange

International FX

When you are making international payments for individuals you can benefit from IFX expertise in seeking the best possible rate, whether you are sending or receiving foreign currency.

IFX can help to protect you from exchange rate fluctuations and save you time and money on international payments.

IFX offers :

  • International payments
  • Regular Overseas Transfers
  • Prepaid Currency Card
  • Forward Contracts

More info on the IFX website.

Moving to Malaysia with Britannia

Your Move to Malaysia with Britannia – Britannia can offer you a door to door shipping service to Malaysia, and can either ship your effects by shared load or by full container load. In addition we can offer a door to door airfreight service to the major destinations in Malaysia. Our agents in Malaysia will arrange customs clearance, and deliver and unpack the effects, including removal of debris on the day of delivery.

Additional Removal Services – Britannia can provide a variety of additional removal services when moving to Malaysia. We are authorised to provide comprehensive insurance, can arrange storage prior to delivery, and can also take care of your pet transport.

If you are interested in moving to Malaysia, find out your removal costs, and read more about our international removals and additional moving services, such as pet transport and money transfer.

Living in Malaysia

If you are planning to move to Asia, and are keen to get to know new cultures, and lifestyles, Malaysia could be your ideal expat destination. Separated into two regions by the South China Sea, the peninsula, and Borneo, Malaysia can boast exceptional variety. If you are looking for a multicultural, and cosmopolitan lifestyle, move to Kuala Lumpur or one of the big cities of the peninsula, while in Borneo you’ll discover a variety of natural wonders, and a rich wildlife.

Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy located in Southeast Asia, bordered by Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia and the South China Sea. Malaysia had been the subject of the British Empire from the 18th century until the mid-20th century, achieving independence in 1957. The country has a strong and growing economy, and while the economy has traditionally relied on Malaysia’s vast natural resources, it is now expanding into new sectors, such as tourism, technology and commerce.

The country is not only economically strong and stable, but is an extremely diverse nation, with a mix of ethnicities, a diverse culture and a rich flora and fauna. Malaysian culture is not only influenced by China and India, but encompasses elements of Persian, Arabian and British culture as well. Malaysia can offer a genuinely exciting lifestyle where you can enjoy the local cuisine, natural wonders and an adventurous lifestyle, in a country which is politically and economically stable.

Interesting Facts About Malaysia

  • Malaysian cuisine is largely influenced by the multi-ethnic make-up of the country, most of the influences coming from Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Thai cultures.
  • The Kuala Lumpur Tower is the fourth tallest tower in the world and the tallest one in Southeast Asia.
  • The official language in Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysian, while English remains an active second language.
  • The largest cave chamber in the world is the Sarawak Chamber in the Gunung Mulu National Park.
  • The Sipadan Island is one of the world’s top diving spots.

Tips about moving to and living in Malaysia

  • The Malaysian government grants 3-month visas to citizens of most European and North American countries, including the UK. If you are planning to stay in Malaysia permanently, you might need a sponsor in Malaysia for your visa application to be successful. There are three types of work permits/visas Malaysia issues – professional visit passes valid for 6 months, and temporary employment passes and employment passes that are valid for two years.
  • Malaysia has a very efficient public health care system. Medical services from private doctors and clinics are available at very reasonable prices for expats.
  • The country has a high quality educational system, with both private and public schools. There are also a number of international schools in major cities that use English as the medium of instruction.
  • Housing and living costs are substantially lower than in the UK, or even in some neighbouring countries such as Singapore. If you are not looking for a luxury apartment in the centre of Kuala Lumpur and buy many local products, you’ll be able to live on a much smaller budget than in the UK.

Key Information

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Time Zone:

MST (UTC+8) - Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC+8)

Currency: Ringgit (RM) (MYR)
Calling Code: +60


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