Users booking trips to Kota Kinabalu from Sandakan found flights 86% cheaper than the average price of flights to Kota Kinabalu. To find the cheapest price to Kota Kinabalu from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
In general, September is the cheapest month to fly from United States to Kota Kinabalu. Due to it being the ‘off-season’ during this time, you can expect flight prices to be around $762. If you aren’t able to travel to Kota Kinabalu during the month of September, then flying in April is also cheap. Prices for this month can be found on momondo for an average of $846.
According to our data, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly to Kota Kinabalu from United States. The lowest ticket price found for a Tuesday departure recently was $857. Keep in mind that prices can always vary depending on your route and whether or not you are flying domestic or international. Be sure to avoid booking your departure on a Sunday as prices are generally higher than usual. According to our data, the average ticket price to Kota Kinabalu on Sunday is $1,173.
If you are planning a flight to Kota Kinabalu and are looking to avoid the rain, you should avoid traveling during the months of May, June, and July. These months will typically see 5.1 inches or more of rain, meaning that rain is likely. If you do run into rain while in Kota Kinabalu, there are still things to do and ways to enjoy your trip. For those looking to get out of the rain and do a little shopping, check out Centre Point Sabah.
Finding an alternative and possibly cheaper destination airport near Kota Kinabalu is possible. If you are planning a flight to Kota Kinabalu, consider booking flights to Labuan Airport (73 mi from Kota Kinabalu city center), Kudat Airport (83 mi from Kota Kinabalu city center) or Lawas Airport (90 mi from Kota Kinabalu city center).
Lawas Airport has an average price of $18 per person and is typically the cheapest airport to fly into when visiting Kota Kinabalu. This average price does vary based on departure city. Try momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool to find the cheapest flight.
Currently, Malaysia travel restrictions include travel to Kota Kinabalu. Malaysia has restricted entry to all travelers through at least December 31, except for citizens, permanent residents with a MyPR card, diplomats, embassy employees, and spouses or children of Malaysian nationals, who must have a sticker label visa in the passport specifically indicating this status. Travelers with a Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) permit and a printed entry permit from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and students with a student pass for a Malaysian institution may also enter the country. From August 17, all foreign residents who are returning to the country will be required to complete an application on the MYEntry online platform. On July 11, Malaysian Immigration issued updated guidelines for expatriate, skilled worker, and knowledge worker pass holders and their dependents to request permission to return to Malaysia. These guidelines also include instructions for pass holders currently in Malaysia who wish to depart and then return to Malaysia. Check the Malaysian Immigration website for more information. All arriving travelers will be tested on arrival, and are subject to a 14-day quarantine requirement in a government facility. All costs for the quarantine are borne by the traveler. Travelers will be required to download the MySejahtera application and will be issued a wristband for identification and monitoring by the authorities during their quarantine period. Travelers may not transfer from international flights to domestic flights, except for Malaysian nationals who are traveling to Sabah or Sarawak. Foreigners may not enter Sabah without prior approval, which must be requested in advance from the Sabah State Secretary (Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Sabah) at email@example.com. Foreigners with valid visas or work permits who entered Malaysia BEFORE the MCO began on March 16 may enter Sarawak without quarantine, but must request advance permission from the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC). Foreigners with valid visas or work permits who entered Malaysia during the MCO will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a government facility at their own expense, and must first request advance permission from SDMC. As of July 28, all foreigners who enter Sarawak from overseas will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing on the second and tenth day. They will be responsible for covering the costs of their quarantine and testing. More information is available here. Airline crew must present a "Health Declaration Form" upon arrival, are subject to quarantine until their next flight, and must install the 'MySejahtera' app. If you are planning to travel to Kota Kinabalu at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.
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