KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians holding passports issued before 2014 will need to submit their old passports when applying for a visa to China.
The new ruling took effect last Thursday.
Chinese Embassy consular affairs counsellor Gong Chunsen told Nanyang Siang Pau that the embassy wanted to have the entry record of foreigners in order to provide better service to visitors.
However, he declined to comment on whether it would be a long-term ruling.
It is learned that some of travel agencies would have to re-submit the visa applications due to the new ruling.
News reports have emerged that travel agencies in Hong Kong had complained about the Guangdong provincial government abruptly suspending the popular 144-hour visa for some tourists.
The move was said to have been taken for security measures in view of the G20 Summit scheduled to take place in Hangzhou early next month.
Launched in 2000, the 144-hour convenient visa policy was aimed at boosting tourism to the Pearl River Delta. The visa allows them to visit the mainland for six days.