Malaysia

Malaysia

The International Passenger Survey (IPS) was suspended on 16 March 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic until the start of 2021. The ONS have made every effort to produce high-quality estimates for the periods when IPS data is not being collected but have not been able to produce a full set of results therefore no data from 2020 is available on the interactive chart below. Interviewing initially began at UK airports at the start of 2021, though the IPS remained suspended at some sea ports and train stations during the year. Data for 2021 and 2022 is also excluded below as there were no interviews at Eurotunnel until July 2022 and data from Dover was only collected from Q3 2021.

Read more about 2020 inbound data2021 inbound data, 2022 quarterly data as well as the latest monthly data for 2022.

Global context

Measure2019
International tourism expenditure (US$bn)12.4
Global rank for international tourism expenditure27
Number of outbound visits (m)14.5
Most visited destinationThailand
Most visited destination in Western EuropeUnited Kingdom

Key demographic & economic data

Measure2021
Population (m)32.8
GDP per capita PPP (US$)26,938
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)3.8
Annual GDP growth (%)3.1

Inbound visits to Britain from Malaysia

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Number of visits

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Access to Britain from Malaysia

Measure2019
Weekly aircraft departures22
Weekly seat capacity5,687
Airports with direct routes in Malaysia2
Airports with direct routes in Britain4
  • Out of all the airlines to operate the Malaysia to Britain route, Malaysia Airlines served the most departing seats with a 71% share
  • In 2019, the highest share of departing seats came from the Kuala Lumpar to London Heathrow route, with a 97% share
  • The current rate of Air Passenger Duty for visitors departing Britain for Malaysia is £84
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a 66% reduction in direct seat capacity from Malaysia to the UK in 2020, and 2021 was 90% behind pre-COVID levels