As the world opens up to tourism and begins to relax travel restrictions in order to attract tourists, Malaysia is now planning to reinstate the Visa-On-Arrival (VOA) facility for Indian travellers.
According to some reports, the Southeast nation is also preparing to relax all mandatory Covid-19 restrictions in order to facilitate international visitors. As a result, not only will the COVID restrictions be removed, but e-visas will be provided within a few days.
Malaysia is currently on the path to reviving its tourism industry, and as a result, a group from Tourism Malaysia is in India promoting travel to the country.
While speaking to the media at an event in Bengaluru, Manoharan Periasamy, Senior Director of Malaysia’s International Promotion Division (Asia & Africa), stated that the country has already lifted all travel restrictions as of April 01 and that there are now approximately 76 flights per week from India to Malaysia, with 59 of them coming from South India.
He also stated that the visa on arrival remained suspended because of the pandemic, it’s all set to restart again in two months. Meanwhile, e-visas, mainly for tourists, will be processed in 2-3 working days, he added.
Malaysia’s Visa On Arrival facility is available for citizens of the PRC and India with the following conditions:
- Visitors arriving in Malaysia via Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia or Brunei only (with a valid visa from either country)
- Visitors coming in from either four countries through the entrance as follows:
a) Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)
b) Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2)
c) Bayan Lepas International Airport, Pulau Pinang
d) Sultan Ismail, Senai Airport, Johor
e) Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Sabah
f) Kuching International Airport, Sarawak
g) Langkawi International Airport, Kedah
h) Miri Airport, Sarawak
i) Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Selangor
a) Tuas (Singaopre) – Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (Second Link)(Malaysia)
b) Immigration Control Post, Sungai Tujoh, Sarawak
c) Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security Complex (ICQS) Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah
Immigration Control Post, Labuan International Terminal Ferry ONLY
According to the VFS Global, the VOA fee is RM 200.00 and visitors must show that they have at least USD 500 cash (or equivalent in Ringgit Malaysia) and a confirmed return ticket.
Visitors are only allowed to stay for 15 days. Enforcement action based on the Immigration Act and Regulations will be taken against those who stay beyond the allowed duration.
Malaysia Eases Travel Restrictions
It is worth noting that Malaysia has reopened its international borders on April 1st, allowing for the first time in two years quarantine-free travel and tourism as the country transitions to treating COVID-19 as an endemic disease.
Moreover, beginning May 01, the country has also lifted the most Covid-19 related restrictions including the necessity to wear a mask when outdoors and the requirement of Covid-19 testing for fully vaccinated travellers.
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