Malaysia: Doors wide open for Chinese, Indian tourists

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Starting January 2020, tourists from China and India will be able to visit Malaysia without needing to apply for a tourist visa beforehand. The exemption is a trial run as part of the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 and so far valid only until December 2020. 

The tourists will be able to enter the country for up to 15 days by using the electronic travel registration and information system eVisa– either individually or through travel agencies in their respective countries. However, the tourists must enter and exit Malaysia only through authorised airports or entry points which are listed on the electronic travel portal.

Upon arrival, they must produce proof of sufficient cash for expenses, credit card or bank card, and produce their travel itinerary in Malaysia. They should also have a valid return ticket.

The 15-day period cannot be extended. Visitors under the visa-free programme will be allowed to re-register to enter Malaysia under the same programme after 45 days from the date they leave Malaysia. They can, however, apply for a regular tourist visa without a waiting period to re-enter, if they wish.

The programme comes as Malaysia aims to attract 30 million international tourist arrivals, up from a stagnating 26 million over the past years – for the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign, hoping for total tourist receipts of $23.6 billion.

However, critics were asking the government why such visa-free travel is being granted given the high number of missing exit records of Indian and Chinese visitor. For example, according to data from Malaysia’s immigration department for the period between 2016 and 2018, 23 per cent of visiting Chinese and even more Indians had no exit record from the country.



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Starting January 2020, tourists from China and India will be able to visit Malaysia without needing to apply for a tourist visa beforehand. The exemption is a trial run as part of the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 and so far valid only until December 2020.  The tourists will be able to enter the country for up to 15 days by using the electronic travel registration and information system eVisa– either individually or through travel agencies in their respective countries. However, the tourists must enter and exit Malaysia only through authorised airports or entry points which are listed on the electronic...

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Starting January 2020, tourists from China and India will be able to visit Malaysia without needing to apply for a tourist visa beforehand. The exemption is a trial run as part of the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 and so far valid only until December 2020. 

The tourists will be able to enter the country for up to 15 days by using the electronic travel registration and information system eVisa– either individually or through travel agencies in their respective countries. However, the tourists must enter and exit Malaysia only through authorised airports or entry points which are listed on the electronic travel portal.

Upon arrival, they must produce proof of sufficient cash for expenses, credit card or bank card, and produce their travel itinerary in Malaysia. They should also have a valid return ticket.

The 15-day period cannot be extended. Visitors under the visa-free programme will be allowed to re-register to enter Malaysia under the same programme after 45 days from the date they leave Malaysia. They can, however, apply for a regular tourist visa without a waiting period to re-enter, if they wish.

The programme comes as Malaysia aims to attract 30 million international tourist arrivals, up from a stagnating 26 million over the past years – for the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign, hoping for total tourist receipts of $23.6 billion.

However, critics were asking the government why such visa-free travel is being granted given the high number of missing exit records of Indian and Chinese visitor. For example, according to data from Malaysia’s immigration department for the period between 2016 and 2018, 23 per cent of visiting Chinese and even more Indians had no exit record from the country.



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