Country Guide, Malaysia




Most banks in Malaysia do handle international transactions. Charges range from a nominal fee if you are an account holder with the bank to a slightly more expensive amount if you are only walking in to use a certain service. International banks such as Citibank, Standard Chartered and HSBC have their presence in Malaysia. Both Standard Chartered and HSBC usually have branches in the major cities throughout the country.

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Local banking giants include Maybank, Bumiputra-Commerce and CIMB. They are very good alternatives to the international banks especially in terms of pricing, local knowledge and presence as well as international services available e.g. money transfers. For any transactions at the bank, get a number, sit down and wait for your turn to be served - there is no need to queue!

Bank at Subang SkyPark (Airport)

Maybank at Subang SkyPark (Airport)

Opening hours may differ between different banks but are generally as follow:
  • Banks open from Monday to Friday and banking hours are usually from 9.30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and close on Saturdays and Sundays. However, selected banks banks (usually in high-traffic areas) may open on Saturdays until midday or even throughout the day.
  • In the states of Kelantan and Terengganu, banks open from Sunday to Thursday beginning around 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Banks are closed on Fridays and Saturdays in these two states.
Banks in all the states throughout Malaysia usually close on public holidays.
Maybank at Kuala Lumpur International Aiport (KLIA)

Maybank at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)

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