The Foreign Office travel advice says UK travellers should not travel to parts of Malaysian Borneo, but how safe is travel to the island in general?
Borneo is one of the largest islands in the world, and although there has been some incidents in the last few years related to tensions with the border of southern Philippines and piracy on the remote islands located off Semporna, this area only makes up a very small portion of Malaysian Borneo itself and is a relatively isolated area in the far east of Sabah.
For many years there have been no troubles in the rest of Malaysian Borneo and 100’000’s tourists frequent the country each year without incident. You actually don’t have to pass through the troubled region to hit any of the highlights the country has to offer, indeed you’d have to work hard to get to the Semporna and the islands. We would go further and argue that islands further to the north such as Lankayan Island, are safe, but we would always take our lead from the Foreign Office on these matters.
Travelling in Borneo with a reputable tour operator such as Experience Travel Group means you have on the ground support, a guide to look after you, as well as provide great access to the fascinating local culture and someone in the UK to help facilitate getting the logistics of your holiday right. A responsible travel company will always furnish you with all the information you need to make your own decisions. If you are on the ground and the FCO advice changed for any reason, we will move you to an area of safety at our expense.