Tourists from India will be the first to be granted multiple entry visas for 15 days by Malaysia to facilitate them to make use of it as a tourist hub during their visits to Southeast Asian countries.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Prime Minister, said this measure was aimed at tourists who enjoy short leisure trips in this region.
Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, Tourism and Culture Minister, was quoted by the Malay Mail Online as terming the move as a defining moment in Malaysia’s tourism industry. He added that Chinese tourists would also be accorded the same treatment soon.
According to Nazri Aziz, Malaysia received 540,530 Indian tourists during the period January- October 2016, which makes the South Asian country the sixth largest source of tourists for Malaysia.
Hereafter, it would be possible to make visa applications online and get them approved within 48 hours. No fees would be charged, he said.
Nazri was of the view that the close cultural relations between the two countries and bonding between Indian and Malaysia would improve further through tourism.
It was averred that this measure would also power the Visit Asean@50 campaign.
Datuk Siew Ka Wei, Tourism Malaysia chairman, lauding the move, said the incentives to attract visitors had undergone a sea change. He hoped that Malaysia would become the hub for all tourists arriving in this region.
Saying that Malaysia was one of the cheapest destinations in the region, Ka Wei said that it would be an apt base for tourists.
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