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EMBASSY/CONSULATE ADDRESSES

Diplomatic Representation in US:
Ambassador: Dato' Sri Jamaludin Jarjis
Embassy: 3516 International Court, NW, Washington DC 20008
Telephone: [1] (202) 572-9700
Fax: [1] (202) 483-7661

US Diplomatic Representation:
Ambassador: Paul W. Jones
Embassy: 376 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
Mailing Address: P. O. Box No. 10035, 50700 Kuala Lumpur; APO AP 96535-8152
Telephone: [60] (3) 2168-5000
Fax: [60] (3) 2142-2207

Consulate(s) General are in:
Los Angeles
55 0 S. Hope St., Suite 400,
Los Angeles, CA 90071.
(213) 892-1238, FAX (213) 892-9031

New York
313 E. 43rd St.,
New York, NY 10017.
(212) 682-0232, FAX (212) 983-1987

Embassy and Consulate Web Sites for Malaysia
Embassy of Malaysia in Washington DC, U.S.A.
Embassy of the United States of America Malaysia


FOREIGN RELATIONS

Regional cooperation is a cornerstone of Malaysia's foreign policy. It was a founding member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Malaysia is an active member of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), and the United Nations.

Malaysia is a frequent contributor to UN and other peacekeeping and stabilization missions, including recent deployments to Lebanon, Timor-Leste, Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Western Sahara, Nepal, and Kosovo.

U.S.-MALAYSIAN RELATIONS
The United States and Malaysia share a diverse and expanding partnership. Economic ties are robust. The United States is Malaysia's third-largest trading partner and Malaysia is the eighteenth-largest trading partner of the United States. Annual two-way trade amounts to $33 billion. In October 2010 Malaysia joined negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.

The United States is the largest foreign investor in Malaysia on a cumulative basis, and was the largest source of new foreign direct investment in Malayia in 2010. American companies are particularly active in the electronics, manufacturing, and oil and gas sectors. According to Malaysian data, U.S. direct investment in the manufacturing sector in Malaysia as of year-end 2009 was $15.1 billion, with billions of dollars in additional investment in the oil and gas and financial services sectors of the economy.

The United States and Malaysia cooperate closely on security matters, including counterterrorism, maritime domain awareness, and regional stability. The relationship between the U.S. and Malaysian militaries is also strong with numerous exchanges, training, joint exercises, and visits. The U.S. and Malaysia signed a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) in July 2006 during the visit to Kuala Lumpur by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The United States and Malaysia have a long history of people-to-people exchanges. Well over 100,000 Malaysians have studied in the U.S. At any one time there are over 7,000 Malaysians studying at U.S. universities. Last year approximately 130 Malaysians took part in U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs for professional development and study. Each year, about 50 Americans travel to Malaysia under U.S. Government auspices to share their experience as visiting academics or speakers. In November 2010, the U.S. and Malaysia signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding on Science and Technology Cooperation.

There are approximately 1,500 alumni of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and 2,000 from the Fulbright, Humphrey, Eisenhower, and Youth Exchange for Study (YES) programs. Prominent Malaysian alumni include federal ministers, deputy ministers, and members of parliament from both the ruling party and opposition parties. At least four current and past chief ministers (state governors) are alumni, and former Prime Minister Mahathir is an alumnus of a 1973 program. These alumni have used their educations to create a stronger Malaysian society and have built enduring understanding between Malaysia and America. Their contributions to Malaysian society will continue for many years to come.

Principal U.S. Embassy Officials
Ambassador--Paul W. Jones
Deputy Chief of Mission--Robert G. Rapson
Political Counselor--Brian D. McFeeters
Economic Counselor--Paul A. Brown
Commercial Counselor--Nasir A. Abbasi
Public Affairs Officer--Scott M. Rauland
Agricultural Attache--David W. Cottrell
Consul General--Charles J. Wintheiser

The U.S. Embassy in Malaysia is located at 376 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur (tel. 60-3-2168-5000, fax 60-3-2142-2207).


TRAVEL ADVISORIES

To obtain the latest Travel Advisory Information for Malaysia check the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet.


TRAVEL TIPS

Driving U.S Driving Permit accepted
Currency (MYR) Ringgit
Electrical 240 Volts
Telephones Country Code 60, City Code, Selangor 3+8D, Kedah 4+7D, Pahang 5+7D, Sarawak 82+6D



Currency
The unit of currency is the Malaysian Ringgit indicated as RM, which is equivalent to 100 cents. Coins are issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 sen and RM1. Currency notes are in RM1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. Foreign currency and traveler's checks can be converted to Malaysian Ringgit at banks or authorized money changers throughout the country.

Telephone
Local calls can be made from public phones, whether coin or card operated. International calls can be made from phone booths with card phone facilities or at any Telecom offices. Most hotels are equipped with IDD services with a minimal service charge. - Useful Phone Directory

Tourist Police
Visitors who encounter unforeseen problems and difficulties can seek the Malaysian Tourist Police Unit for assistance. They often patrol tourist spots and will render assistance, as well as safeguard tourists' security.

Business Hours
The country runs on a normal eight hours a day system with Saturday as half day and Sunday as a day of rest. In the states of Kelantan, Terengganu, and Kedah, Friday is a day of rest with Thursday as half days. Department Stores and supermarkets are open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tipping
Tipping is not a way of life in Malaysia, but is fast becoming one.

What to Wear
Light, cool, and casual clothing is recommended all year round. For more formal occasions, men should wear jackets, ties, or long-sleeved batik shirts whereas women should wear dresses.


CUSTOMS/DUTIES

Customs duty free allowances/ restrictions: -applicable only to those 18 yrs and older-

Tobacco.......................200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 225g of tobacco

Liquor..........................1 litre

Gifts............................duty free allowance up to ml $200

Cameras......................no restrictions

Currency......................should be declared on arrival

Agriculture items..........refer to consulate



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