12. April 2003

Effective April 9, 2003, the Government of Malaysia has imposed temporary entry regulations on travellers from the countries identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as areas being affected by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Therefore, the Government of Malaysia has imposed visa requirements and other conditions for Canadians visiting Malaysia.

The following categories of Canadians will be permitted to visit Malaysia:

1. government officials travelling on official duty;
2. businessmen and investors travelling to Malaysia for business purposes;
3. expatriates working in Malaysia and work permit holders;
4. visitors attending government or business conferences or meetings; and
5. students approved to study in Malaysia.

All other categories of visitors (e.g. tourists) will not be allowed entry for the time being.

For further information on entry procedures, please contact the High Commission for Malaysia.

Canadians should not travel to the islands off the southeast coast of Sabah, including Sipadan and Pandanan. The Abu Sayyaf Group from the Philippines kidnapped foreigners from a diving resort in Sipadan and Pandanan in April and September 2000, and from the resort island of Palawan in the southern Philippines in May 2001. Malaysian authorities have increased security in the southeastern part of Sabah in response to these incidents. Canadians should exercise caution in areas around Semporna and Tawau on the Sabah mainland.

Heightened tensions as a result of the Iraq situation, together with increased threats globally from terrorism, put Canadians at greater risk. Canadians should maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times as the security situation could deteriorate rapidly without notice. Exercise extreme caution, particularly in commercial, public and tourist areas frequented by foreigners. Canadians should monitor local developments, avoid crowds and demonstrations, as well as register and remain in regular contact with the Canadian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur or the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (call collect 613-996-8885).
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade



10. April 2003

Une forme de pneumopathie atypique: SRAS s'est développée à partir de plusieurs pays d'Asie principalement au Vietnam et dans le sud de la Chine.

Les dernières informations et conseils concernant cette maladie sont disponibles en consultant le site du ministère de la Santé ou en appelant le numéro vert suivant : 0800 150 160
Ministère Français des Affaires Étrangères



20. November 2002

This Public Announcement is being issued to provide information regarding terrorist activities in Southeast Asia. It also reiterates the State Department's continuing concern about the possible heightened risks to American citizens and American interests in Malaysia, especially in the state of Sabah. This Public Announcement supersedes the Public Announcement for Malaysia issued September 20, 2002, and expires on May 14, 2003.

On October 23, 2002, the United States Government designated the Jemaah Islamyia (JI) organization a Foreign Terrorist Organization. JI is an extremist group linked to al-Qaida and other regional terrorist groups. The JI has cells operating throughout Southeast Asia. Since mid-2001, Malaysian authorities have arrested over 70 members of JI.

The State Department is concerned that attacks similar to the October 2002 terrorist bombings in Bali, Indonesia, may occur in other Southeast Asian nations, including Malaysia. JI and other extremist groups present in the region have demonstrated transnational capabilities to carry out attacks against locations where Westerners congregate. Terrorist groups do not distinguish between official and civilian targets.

The Department of State reiterates its concern about attacks by members of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) based in the southern Philippines near the Malaysian State of Sabah. Although the capacity of some elements of the ASG has been diminished by the recent military action in the Philippines, the ASG remains a security threat to areas in Sabah, which is close to the southern Philippines.

Malaysian police and military personnel are deployed and patrol the eastern coastal region and islands of Sabah. The Malaysian Government has also placed small detachments in various locations, including the Malaysian islands of Sipadan and Pandanan, where armed gunmen kidnapped hostages on April 23 and September 11, 2000, subsequently transporting them to the islands of the southern Philippines. However, the region is remote and large in area, and assistance in security matters may not be readily available.

U.S. citizens traveling to the islands and in the coastal areas of eastern Sabah should be aware of the persistence of threats from the Abu Sayyaf Group based in the southern Philippines, and should exercise extreme caution. Americans planning to travel to that region are encouraged to call the American Embassy in Kuala Lumpur before departure. U.S. citizens traveling to the islands or in the coastal region of eastern Sabah in Malaysia are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. As the U.S. Embassy is quite distant from this region, U.S. citizens may wish to contact the Embassy by telephone at (6-03) 2168-5000, or by e-mail at
Bureau of Consular Affairs of the United States of America



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