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Do I need malaria medication for Malaysia?

Page last updated 29 April 2020

Malaria is present in certain areas of Malaysia. If your doctor believes you may be at risk of contracting malaria, you may need to take prescription medicine before, during and after your trip to prevent malaria.

Malaria is spread by the bite of a particular type of mosquito. The best way to prevent malaria is to avoid mosquito bites altogether. Preventative measures you can take include protecting yourself with insect repellent, wearing clothes that cover your arms and legs, and staying in accommodation that has air conditioning, fly nets or screened windows provided.

In order to advise correctly, your doctor will need to know a little bit more detail around your travel plans, such as where you are travelling, the time of year and the activities you have planned. Visit your healthcare professional 4-6 weeks before travel to see if medication is needed for you.


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Sources & Citations

8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Travelers’ Health Malaysia - Traveler View. Available at: (accessed 3 April 2020).

10. Smartraveller. Malaysia Travel advice and safety. Available at: (accessed 23 March 2020). 

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0139(1)a - Date of preparation April 2020