Malaysia will allow visitors from India and China 30 days of visa-free travel from December 1. Joining Thailand and Sri Lanka to offer such a facility to foreigners to promote tourism, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim announced this on Sunday.
Malaysia is the third Asian country to allow visa-free travel to Indian citizens. At present, travellers from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Iran, Turkey and Jordan enjoy visa exemption in the country.
Ibrahim said the waiver was an additional facility to the existing visa exemptions currently enjoyed by Gulf nations and other West Asian countries, including Turkiye and Jordan.
However, Ibrahim, who is also the Finance Minister of the country, said the visa exemption was subject to top security screening, the official Bernama news agency reported. “Initial screenings will be conducted for all tourists and visitors to Malaysia. Security is a different matter. If there are criminal records or the risk of terrorism, they will not be allowed to enter,” the prime minister said.
“That comes under the authority of the security forces and immigration,” the premier said. The 30-day visa-free entry is also currently enjoyed by eight ASEAN countries for the purpose of social visits, tourism and business. Malaysia is currently targeting 16.1 million international tourist arrivals with RM 49.3 billion in tourism receipts.
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