Friday, January 10, 2014
Malaysia eases entry restrictions for Indian travellers
Indian travellers who arrive in Malaysia from a third country are now offered visa on arrival (VoA) at all major ports of entry, in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014.
Effective since January 1, Indian travellers who have valid visas from the countries they last departed and confirmed return flight tickets to India will be allowed to purchase visas for US$100 or RM330 per traveller per entry.
Manoharan Periasamy, director of Tourism Malaysia Mumbai, noted that ease of visa acquisition is a main factor in choice of holiday destinations.
“Malaysia has always been a popular destination among Indians and with the reintroduction of VoA, we hope to see more and more Indians considering Malaysia even as a short-break destination for long weekends and last-minute travel plans.”
Malaysia scrapped VoAs for Indian nationals in 2010 when a large number of visitors with VoAs directly from India went missing after arriving in the country.
Sandhya Kartha, director of Redchilli Holidays Mumbai, said: “With the current political unrest in Thailand, the rising demand for Singapore and the Malaysian VoA being introduced, it is certain that tourists will gleefully choose Malaysia as a destination to bundle together with Singapore…bundling Phuket with Penang and Langkawi is (also) a possibility.”