Malaysians close to traveling visa-free to the US

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The US is in the last stages of a decision finding process of whether to grant Malaysian passport holders visa waiver status by including the country in the US Visa Waiver Programme: This would enable Malaysians to travel there for tourism, business or transit for up to 90 days without a visa.

According to a report in The Star, US Ambassador to Malaysia, Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, said that the country is just short of the approval rate required to qualify for the waiver programme

The final decision is based upon approval rates for visas for the US. Malaysia currently has a 96.7 per cent approval rate for US business and tourist visas, very close to the required threshold for the programme of 97 per cent.

“The Malaysian government is improving things towards achieving that goal. We need to keep working on the list of requirements, which will improve Malaysia’s safety standards anyway,” the ambassador said.

All of the countries currently included in the US visa waiver programme are high-income economies with a very high Human Development Index generally regarded as developed countries. They comprise all European Union nations except Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania, as well as Norway, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, Switzerland, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Chile.

However, passport holders of countries on the visa waiver list are required to present a biometric passport at US immigration and also need to have registered with the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) online and paid the fees by credit card only. A return or onward ticket is also required when entering the US by means of air or sea travel.

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The US is in the last stages of a decision finding process of whether to grant Malaysian passport holders visa waiver status by including the country in the US Visa Waiver Programme: This would enable Malaysians to travel there for tourism, business or transit for up to 90 days without a visa. According to a report in The Star, US Ambassador to Malaysia, Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, said that the country is just short of the approval rate required to qualify for the waiver programme The final decision is based upon approval rates for visas for the US. Malaysia currently has...

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The US is in the last stages of a decision finding process of whether to grant Malaysian passport holders visa waiver status by including the country in the US Visa Waiver Programme: This would enable Malaysians to travel there for tourism, business or transit for up to 90 days without a visa.

According to a report in The Star, US Ambassador to Malaysia, Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, said that the country is just short of the approval rate required to qualify for the waiver programme

The final decision is based upon approval rates for visas for the US. Malaysia currently has a 96.7 per cent approval rate for US business and tourist visas, very close to the required threshold for the programme of 97 per cent.

“The Malaysian government is improving things towards achieving that goal. We need to keep working on the list of requirements, which will improve Malaysia’s safety standards anyway,” the ambassador said.

All of the countries currently included in the US visa waiver programme are high-income economies with a very high Human Development Index generally regarded as developed countries. They comprise all European Union nations except Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania, as well as Norway, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, Switzerland, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Chile.

However, passport holders of countries on the visa waiver list are required to present a biometric passport at US immigration and also need to have registered with the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) online and paid the fees by credit card only. A return or onward ticket is also required when entering the US by means of air or sea travel.

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