Indians and Chinese Can Now Travel Visa-Free To Malaysia
New visa rules for Chinese and Indian nationals traveling to Malaysia
Malaysia no longer requires visas for nationals of India and China who wish to travel to the country. The new visa rules became effective as of December 1, 2023.
According to the statement of Malaysia's Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, Indian and Chinese nationals can now enter Malaysia without a visa for a maximum of 30 days.
However, they are still subject to security screening.
Economic significance of relations between Malaysia, India and China
From the perspective of economic growth, Malaysia is dependent on increased tourist arrivals as well as their spending in the country.
Last month, the Malaysian PM, Anwar Ibrahim, revealed the intentions of the Malaysian government to enhance visa regulations to encourage travelers and investors, particularly from China and India.
Hong Kong still requires travelers from India to register before their arrival in the country.
Other countries relaxing visa rules for nationals of India
Similar to Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand have recently relaxed visa requirements for tourists from India. From November 10, Indians can now travel to Thailand visa-free and enjoy a 30-day stay.
The relaxed visa policy is to expire on May 10, 2024. However, the Thai government has announced that it may be extended according to the number of Indian travelers visiting the country.
Sri Lanka has also introduced visa exemptions for 7 countries, including India and China. The scheme will end at the end of March 2024.