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Johor Bahru is the southernmost city of Mainland Asia and the second largest urban area in Malaysia. The city is an important industrial, tourism and commercial hub for southern Malaysia and one of the biggest industrial centres of the country.


Citizens of the United States, Canada, and most Arab, Commonwealth and European countries do not need visas for visits of less than three months.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia


The Malaysian currency is the ringgit, divided into 100sen (cents). The currency is abbreviated as both RM and MYR.

Credit cards are accepted in hotels and department stores; expect to pay in cash in rural areas.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

MYR 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.35 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.25 Euro (EUR)
0.18 British Pound (GBP)
2.14 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
17.05 Indian Rupee (INR)
33.01 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.37 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.28 US Dollar (USD)


Hotels and restaurants add a government tax of 6% and a service charge of 10%.


Tipping is not customary in Malaysia.

Business Hours
Bank Hours

9.30am - 4pm, Monday through Friday

Office Hours

8am - 5.30pm, Monday through Friday (Government)
9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday (Businesses)

Shopping Hours

10am - 10pm, throughout the week

Public Health

Ensure that all food is well cooked and consume only bottled mineral water.


Lightweight clothing is ideal while business attire calls for shirts, jackets and ties.

In government offices, places of worship and certain rural areas, shorts, mini-skirts and sleeveless garments are not advisable for women.


Johor Bahru has a tropical climate, experiencing warm, sunny weather throughout the year. Rain can be expected all year, but is most frequent from November to January.



Mainly cloudy, a shower in the afternoon

High: 33°C / 91°F
Low: 24°C / 75°F


Cloudy, Thunder Showers

An a.m. t-storm, then rain and a t-storm

High: 32°C / 89°F
Low: 22°C / 71°F
Cloudy, Thunder Showers High: 34°C / 93°F Low: 22°C / 71°F
Mostly Cloudy High: 33°C / 91°F Low: 22°C / 71°F
Mostly Cloudy High: 33°C / 91°F Low: 22°C / 71°F

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Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 31ºC 23ºC
Feb 32ºC 23ºC
Mar 32ºC 24ºC
Apr 31ºC 24ºC
May 31ºC 24ºC
Jun 31ºC 24ºC
Jul 30ºC 23ºC
Aug 30ºC 23ºC
Sep 30ºC 23ºC
Oct 31ºC 23ºC
Nov 30ºC 23ºC
Dec 30ºC 23ºC


Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin, Tamil

Time Zone
GMT +8 hours

Metric System

220 / 240 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 1800