Travellers from 36 more countries eligible for autogate facility for immigration clearance, says Saifuddin

PUTRAJAYA: Travellers from 36 more countries can use the autogate facility for immigration clearance beginning June 1, said Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

The Home Minister said this would be an addition to travellers from a list of 10 countries who are already enjoying the facility.

Among the new countries are the European Union, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, China, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

“We have decided to allow travellers from these countries, deemed as low risk, to use the autogate to ensure a smooth immigration clearing process,” he said after attending the National Registration Department Excellent Service Awards on Thursday (May 16).

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Saifuddin said the number of travellers coming to Malaysia has increased, pointing to the 40 million who entered the country between Jan 1 last year and April this year.

Of that figure, 30.5 million entered via KLIA Terminals 1 and 2, as well as the entry points in Johor Baru.

“This move is expected to not only ensure faster and smoother clearance at our entry points but will also help boost tourism,” he said.

The minister assured that the use of automation by foreign travellers would not affect the country’s security as information would still be captured and recorded.

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