ISKANDAR PUTERI: The 30-day visa-free travel for visitors from China and India introduced by the government is in line with the Visit Johor 2026 agenda of attracting 12 million visitors.
Johor tourism, environment, heritage, and culture committee chairman K. Raven Kumar said the state has recorded an encouraging number of tourists from both countries since the visa requirement was relaxed on Dec 1.
"Tourists from China and India usually come to the state during the non-peak season or on weekends.
“The state government would like to thank Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for allowing this, and I believe it will benefit not only the tourism industry in Johor but the whole country as well,” he told reporters after a recycling-themed event here on Wednesday (Dec 6).
Raven said the state had enough rooms and guest facilities to accommodate an influx of visitors.
What is important is to ensure that these travellers are registered at least three days before arriving in Johor, he added.
“The second important thing is for us to hold more events and promotions so that they can stay longer in Johor,” he added.
On Nov 26, Anwar said visitors from China and India will be given 30 days of visa-free travel from Dec 1, following Malaysia’s 50 years of diplomatic ties with China.