Smoking at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)

Airport Rating


Before and After Security Smoking

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the terminals.

After Security Smoking

Update from Lucas, October 2022: As of October 2022, there is open smoking room located in International departures close to B2 and Nööödles Restaurant.

Update from Liam, Jan 2022: I was flying to KL recently and the smoking room is closed. I enquired and was told this has been the case since the start of covid restrictions that were originally imposed in 2020.

Update on the 2nd May 2018 from Lindsey: There is now a smoking room by gate B1 at Kota Kinabalu international airport.

There was a smoking facility inside the terminal after security. Although it is just a small ventilated room. This may possibly have been closed, feedback needed.

Update: The Health Ministry has ordered nine smoking rooms at eight airports in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan to close for operating illegally.

The airports were Kuching and Kota Kinabalu International, Bintulu, Sibu, Miri, Labuan, Sandakan and Sandakan’s LCCT 2.

A source said the order came from Health Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman.


For connecting flights you must enter Malaysia and smoke outside terminal then go through Security again for your flight.

Further Information

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