M'sia to offer visa-free passes to China, India tourists in 2020

PETALING JAYA: Tourists from China and India will be able to visit Malaysia without needing a visa next year.

For the whole of 2020, tourists from these two countries can to visit Malaysia for up to 15 days, provided they register via the electronic travel registration and information system – either individually or through travel agencies in their respective countries.

They would be able to travel to Malaysia three months after registrating, but the period of the visit is limited to 15 days and cannot be extended.

Entrance and exit from Malaysia would have to be through authorised airports or through the immigration control posts.

These include the Sultan Iskandar building in Johor, Johor Bahru railway station, Johor Immigration control post at Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar, Tanjung Kupang, Johor; Padang Besar, Perlis; Bukit Kayu Itam, Changloon, Kedah; Sungai Tujoh, Sarawak; and the Immigration control post at Tedungan in Limbang, Fifth Division, Sarawak.

Upon arrival, they must produce proof of sufficient pocket money, credit card or bank card, and produce their travel itinerary in Malaysia.

These were stated in the Federal Government Gazettes sighted by The Star. They were signed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, exercising the functions of Home Minister.

According to the gazettes, the tourists may not apply for any other passes under the Immigration Regulations 1963.

The tourists should have a valid ticket for their return home countries or by air to any other country.

It was reported that Malaysia aims to see 30 million international tourist arrivals next year with the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign, with total tourist receipts of RM100bil.

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