Is it safe to travel to Malaysian Borneo in 2017?

The Foreign Office (FCO) travel advice states that all but essential travel to the islands off the coast of eastern Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, should be avoided. While taking this information into account, we have also explored general safety standards in Borneo for the benefit of our customers.

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Borneo is the third largest island in the world and the largest island in Asia. It has seen some sporadic incidents in the last couple of years, but these were limited to the southern border with the Philippines. While off the island of Semporna, in the east coast of Sabah, lay remote islands where piracy has been documented. However, this is a tiny fraction of Borneo.

More than 400,000 British nationals visit Malaysia each year and Borneo is visited by hundreds of thousands without incident. In order to visit the main sites travellers don’t have to pass through any of the troubled regions. As a matter of fact, one would have to choose to visit the far flung islands of the coast of Semporna and find trouble intentionally. We would argue that northern islands such as Lankayan are entirely safe to visit. Nevertheless, Experience Travel Group will always follow the lead set by the FCO and take necessary precautions.

A professional travel company is expected to provide more than enough information for travellers to make informed decisions. A responsible tour operator such as Experience Travel Group will always relocate their customers to a safe area if FCO advice changes or if any alerts are noted. In addition, we provide on the ground support, while from the UK we help assist in guaranteeing the logistics for your trip are just right. Finally, our guides are not only there to offer you enthralling experiences and access to first hand experiences of local culture, but also to ensure your safety.


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