Malaysia hopes the visa exemptions for 2 very important inbound markets will speed up its gradual tourism restoration.
Malaysia will grant visa-free entry to residents of China and India for stays of as much as 30 days beginning on Dec. 1, in response to Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.
Anwar made the announcement late on Sunday throughout a speech at his Individuals’s Justice Celebration congress and didn’t say for a way lengthy the visa exemption can be relevant.
China and India are Malaysia’s fourth and fifth-largest supply markets respectively.
In keeping with authorities information, Malaysia recorded 9.16 million vacationer arrivals between January and June this yr, with 498,540 from China and 283,885 from India. That in comparison with 1.5 million arrivals from China and 354,486 from India in the identical interval of 2019, previous to the pandemic.
The transfer follows related measures applied by neighbouring Thailand to spice up its very important tourism sector and stimulate its sluggish economic system, with Chinese language and Indian nationals amongst these exempted this yr.
At present, Chinese language and Indian nationals should apply for visas to enter Malaysia.
(Reporting by Danial Azhar; Enhancing by Martin Petty)
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