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Your passport is a valuable document and attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. Be aware of attempts to obtain access to your passport by deception.If you are forced to handover your passport, contact the Australian High Commission for advice.Malaysia regulates the import of prescription and non-prescription medication.
Current security measures include: The water travel curfew is subject to fortnightly extension.
If you travel by water during curfew hours without permission, you could face a fine or up to six months in prison.
A number of successful and attempted kidnappings occurred in coastal areas of eastern Sabah in recent years.
In November 2016, militants based in the southern Philippines attacked a yacht in waters between eastern Sabah and the Sulu archipelago.
All foreigners entering Malaysia must provide biometric fingerprints of both thumbs and index fingers on arrival.
Children below 12 years of age and visitors with finger disabilities are exempt from this procedure.
The Australian Government's longstanding policy is that it does not make payments or concessions to kidnappers.
The Australian Government considers that paying a ransom increases the risk of further kidnappings, including of other Australians.
Foreigners have also been kidnapped from nearby islands (Sipadan and Mataking) and surrounding waters.
The risk of kidnapping increases on the water and waterfront after nightfall.
Other possible targets of future attacks include hotels, clubs, restaurants, schools, markets, places of worship, outdoor recreation events and tourist areas.