Malaysia has a good healthcare system with a combination of public and private clinics and hospitals. In many of its towns and cities there is also a wide range of alternative treatments available, including osteopathy, naturopathy, homeopathy, Chinese medicine chiropractic treatments as well as acupuncture.
There is usually a charge for international students needing health services. However, as it is compulsory for foreign students to have medical insurance, you will be covered if you visit a clinic or hospital listed on your insurance plan. Most university campuses also have a student health centre that will treat you for common ailments.
New International Students are mandated to undergo the following medical screenings in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Education, Malaysia and the medical screening results shall be certified in accordance with the Medical Screening Guidelines issued by the said Ministry.
1. Pre-arrival/Out-of-Country Medical Screening
New International Students will be required to attend a Medical screening while still in their home country. They will then be required to submit their pre-arrival medical examination report together with all other relevant documents required to the education institution for the application of a Visa Approval Letter ('VAL') with EMGS. If the medical screening is done at a registered overseas clinic, the medical examination report will be automatically submitted online by the clinic. Students applying to Public universities are exempted from this requirement.
International Students are recommended to take the vaccines listed in the Health Examination Form and to produce the international certificate of vaccinations to the education institution for VAL application purposes. Please note that a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required from all International Students coming from or who have transited for more than 12 hours through countries with a risk of Yellow Fever transmission.
Click here for a list of approved overseas clinics.
To register your clinic as an approved Overseas Clinic, click here.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: EMGS will not be able to process a VAL application in the event that the Out-of-Country (Pre-Arrival) medical screening report and the international certificate of vaccinations are not submitted by education institutions to EMGS during the VAL application submission.
2. Post-Arrival/In-Country Medical Screening
(a) New International Students
New International Students are required to attend a Medical screening in Malaysia within 7 days from the entry date at an EMGS panel clinic. You can find a list of panel clinics here.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: EMGS will not be able to initiate the process of Support Letter issuance for sticker endorsement purposes in the event that International Students failed to undergo the In-Country Screening.
(b) International Students applying for pass Renewal
With effect from 1st October 2014, International Students who are renewing their student passes will no longer be required to attend In-Country medical screening.
(c) International Students applying for Variation or Progression
International Students who are already in the country and applying to change their course or institution (Variation applications) and students who are progressing to a higher level of study (Progression Students) will be required to attend an In-Country Medical Screening at an EMGS panel clinic if the last In-Country Medical Screening was done more than 6 months from the date of applying for a new pass.
It is compulsory for each student entering Malaysia to study to have medical insurance. You will be insured from the date you enter Malaysia if you have informed your institution of the date.
All International Students must be covered by a locally purchased Medical and Health Insurance (‘Medical Insurance’). An International Student, through his/her Educational Institution, can opt to purchase Medical Insurance offered by: