A baby orangutan in the trees of a rainforest.


REGION: South East Asia

Travel checklist before you go

  • Check passport is valid
  • Get visas for countries you are visiting/transiting through
  • Get travel insurance
  • Check the current travel advisory for the country
  • Have a health check-up and speak to a healthcare professional for information about travel health and disease information relevant to your trip
  • Have all required medications (prescription and over the counter), ensuring you take your prescription with you and keep your medication in its original box
  • Contact your bank and let them know you are travelling and if your cards will work overseas
  • Check to see if you will need an International Driving Permit
  • Research local laws of countries you are planning to visit
  • Share your itinerary and contact details with friends or family


The following diseases may pose a risk if you’re travelling to Malaysia. This is not a full list, talk to a healthcare professional for more information about prevention options and travel health.

Chickenpox (varicella)

With its typical red blistering and itchy rash, chickenpox is a highly contagious but generally mild infection.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness which can be spread from person to person.

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While now extremely rare in Australia, diphtheria continues to cause illness overseas.

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Hepatitis A

This disease of the liver is caused by the hepatitis A virus. Symptoms may last for several weeks, but most people fully recover.

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Hepatitis B

This disease of the liver is transmitted through blood or other bodily fluids.

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Japanese encephalitis

This virus is found in many parts of Asia and is passed from animals – mainly pigs and wading birds – to humans via mosquitoes. While symptoms are rare, it can lead to serious, long-term complications.

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This infection of the liver and blood is caused by mosquito-borne parasites. In Australia, almost all cases of malaria are acquired while travelling.

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Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that causes a rash and fever.

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This viral infection causes swelling of the salivary glands and fever.

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Polio is rare in Australia but is a serious disease that is caused by infection with poliovirus.

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The rabies virus affects the nervous system and brain. A bite or scratch from an infected animal could put you at risk of rabies.

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Also called German measles, rubella is generally a mild infection. Yet it can have serious, lifelong consequences for unborn babies or can lead to miscarriage.

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Seasonal Influenza (flu)

This highly contagious viral infection can affect anyone and is more common in winter.

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Caused by bacteria commonly found in soil and manure, which enter the body through wounds or breaks in the skin.

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This bacterial infection is spread via contaminated food and water. It is common in countries with poor hygiene and untreated drinking water.

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Whooping cough (pertussis)

This bacterial infection is highly contagious and affects people of all ages. It can cause serious disease in babies and complications in older adults.

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Yellow fever

This mosquito-borne virus is found in Africa and Central and South America. Proof of immunisation is needed if you are travelling from a country with risk.

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PM-AU-AVX-WCNT-190022 Date of GSK Approval: July 2021