FAQ

Are visas required for Borneo travel?

A visa is required to enter Malaysia. U.S. and Canadian citizens are issued a three-month Malaysia visa upon arrival in Kuching, free of charge. No passport photos are required. You do not need to obtain a visa in advance for Malaysia.

What vaccinations are required to travel to Borneo?

Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if entering Malaysia from an affected area. North American and Malaysia are not yellow fever affected areas. No other vaccinations are required to enter Malaysia. Borneo is a malaria-affected area, and you should take every precaution to protect yourself. The CDC recommends that all travelers to Southeast Asia be up-to-date on vaccinations for measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT), poliovirus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid and Japanese encephalitis; however, you should consult with your personal physician. Your physician can prescribe anti-malarial drugs for your trip. There are different forms of malarial prevention, each with different risks. Talk to your physician to find out which is right for you. Please note: According to the CDC, chloroquine is not an effective anti-malarial drug for Borneo.

How active is IE’s Borneo travel package?

A trip to Borneo is an active holiday that calls for good health. The excursions involve a great deal of walking, standing, and stair climbing, most of which will be in hot weather. You will have to climb/descend stairs and negotiate places where the footing is uncertain. Borneo is not a destination for anyone with serious difficulty walking.

When is the best time to visit Borneo?

There really is not a bad time to visit Borneo. The “dry” season, or “southwest monsoon season,” is from May to October, though rain can occur at any time during the dry season. The “wet” season or “northeast monsoon season” is generally from November to April. While the rains can be strong during the wet season, they are short-lived and quickly give way to clear skies. Those who visit Borneo and plan to be outdoors, like our trip, should be prepared for heat, humidity, and sudden downpours that can occur at any time. Temperatures are cooler at the higher elevations of Mt. Kinabalu National Park. Rain is common year round.