KUALA LUMPUR: Visas to India are now being issued on the same day applications are submitted.
Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia Veena Sikri said her consular unit had simplified procedures and was handling about 300 visa applications daily.
“We would like to encourage more Malaysians to visit India and are liberalising procedures to be able to issue more visas.
“The high commission is now offering a same-day service (for visas). Previously, it took about five or six days to get a visa approved.
“Applications may now also be mailed or submitted online,” she said in an interview to mark the 53rd anniversary of India's Republic Day today.
The Indian High Commission here issues multiple-entry visas for one, three and five-year terms while the Malaysian High Commission in New Delhi issues only single-entry visas for Indians visiting Malaysia.
Last year, about 135,000 Indian nationals headed here, with about 50,000 Malaysians going over.
Sikri also welcomed the news that Malaysia Airlines (MAS) would operate more flights to several destinations in India from Thursday.
“Flights to India are always full and people have to book seats three months ahead. There is so much demand,” she added.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik had said that MAS would be flying six times a week to Mumbai, compared to four times now, and three times weekly to Hyderabad and Bangalore (now once and twice respectively), as well as begin a thrice-weekly service to Calcutta.
MAS and Air India presently operate a total of 27 flights weekly between the two countries.
On a separate matter, Sikri said India was still awaiting news on a draft proposal for a memorandum of understanding on manpower recruitments submitted to the Malaysian Government two years ago.
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