CAN I TRAVEL TO BORNEO?
Here's the latest on what we know about Borneo...
Updated June 9th 2022
Can I travel to Borneo?
Borneo is a Malaysian island so it follows the Malaysian government's policy and are you ready for the good news? BORNEO IS OPEN FOR FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS! Here's the latest entry requirements for Borneo.
Can I enter Borneo if I am fully vaccinated?
All fully vaccinated travellers can enter Malaysia without quarantining. From 1 May, a pre-departure test and a test on arrival are no longer required.
Can I enter Borneo if I am unvaccinated/not-fully vaccinated?
You can... but it's kind of hard work and involves testing and quarantining currently. Here's the scoop of Malaysia's entry requirements for unvaccinated travellers.
You must provide a negative PCR test result taken 2 days before departure and take a PCR or supervised lateral flow/RTK antigen test within 24 hours of arrival.You must quarantine for 5 days. You will need to meet all costs associated with your quarantine. You will need to download the MySejahtera app and complete the traveller’s card via the app.
SOOO...WHEN SHOULD I VISIT BORNEO?
Listen, we'd visit tomorrow if we could. Borneo is a wonder of a destination, and you can pretty much visit all year round, but the best time to visit Borneo is between March and October. This is classed as the dry season! It's hot, a little bit humid but the perfect temperature to get yourself on the water and exploring. Grab those super cute bucket hats, or that matching khaki 2 piece you bought like the badass explorer you are and let's go. If you travel from November to March, it's classed as the 'wet' season. I mean you can deffo still travel, the island is still perfect just might have a few more drops of rain, albeit a few less tourists as well. Hey, win win, right?
WHAT SHOULD I DO IN BORNEO?
You want some Borneo travel inspiration. Look no further TruFam. Here's the must-dos, must-visits, must-try on this beautiful island.
Did you think Borneo's unique wildlife was only above water? Naaa you've got to be kidding me. Borneo has some of the most amazing tropical marine life in the world. This is your time to get up close and personal. Learn about life under the sea and take a PADI Diving course. You won't regret it. Plus you get a super cool certificate at the end too. So, you know, take it home, put it on your fridge and show your mum. Spend 4 days underwater, and I promise you you won't regret it.
THE WILDLIFE IS WILD - No, seriously. Take a river safari.
Grab your GoPro, charge your portable charger or pull out that old school disposable film camera, however you get your snaps, this may be the best experience of your lifetime. Spend your evening on Kinabatangan wildlife river safari, binoculars at the ready! This is your chance to spot pygmy elephants, orangutans, crocodiles, proboscis monkeys and hundreds of thousands of birds living around this spectacular island. Fall in love with wildlife all over again. Get a member of your TruFam to film you whilst you narrate the whole experience. David Attenborough style. The man, the myth, the legend. He'd be proud of you. And we are too.
We've always wanted to see Orangutans in the wild, living carefree. With the state of the world currently and the destruction of rainforests for the use of palm oil, Borneo rainforests are rapidly disappearing. Ok so I know what you're thinking should I still visit? YES, YES YOU SHOULD. Visit Borneo, but in an eco-friendly, beneficial way. Head to Borneo's Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre set amongst 43km² of luscious green rainforests. Learn about how the centre focuses on rehabilitating these majestic animals before being released back into the wild. They house around 25 babies living in the nurseries at the centre too! Do good, feel good, make a difference. It's a learning experience y'all. Use your money to give back into the community and let's keep working toward making the world a better place. They also house and release sun bears! Super cute. A wholesome day, enough to warm your heart to the same levels of humidity in summer. HOT HOT HOT TruFam.
Borneo is waiting, Malaysia is waiting, and we can't wait to get back out there. The island, the country. We're dreaming of returning...One day travel restrictions will be a thing of the past, our only worry will be jetlag, and every day that passes will be a day closer till we can return to paradise.
You got this TruFam.
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