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Kuala Lumpur, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Malaysia will grant visa-free entry to citizens of China and India for stays of up to 30 days starting on December 1, according to Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar made the announcement late on Sunday during a speech at his People's Justice Party congress and did not say for how long the visa exemption would be applicable.

China and India are Malaysia's fourth and fifth-largest source markets, respectively.

According to government data, Malaysia recorded 9.16 million tourist arrivals between January and June this year, with 498,540 from China and 283,885 from India. That compared to 1.5 million arrivals from China and 354,486 from India in the same period of 2019, prior to the pandemic.

The move follows similar measures implemented by neighbouring Thailand to boost its vital tourism sector and stimulate its sluggish economy, with Chinese and Indian nationals among those exempted this year.

Currently, Chinese and Indian nationals must apply for visas to enter Malaysia.


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  • Dinesh Monday, 27 November 2023 10:02 AM

    In spite of recognizing Malay as an official language in Sri Lanka they don't allow us that facility.

    Mahila Monday, 27 November 2023 02:12 PM

    When did Malay become Official Language??? Know Chinese is since 2015/16, when HPP was vested with the Chinese!!?? This is News!!!??? Before that we must make Dutch and Portuguese National Languages, because they brought the Lampris from the Malayan peninsula!!!???

    Mr.T Monday, 27 November 2023 10:22 AM

    We will get from all countries soon. Refugees.

    Laughter from Jaffna Monday, 27 November 2023 10:25 AM

    Chinese tourist : “ Hey, everyone here has big eyes, I don’t like my slitty eyes , how can I also get big eyes “. Indian tourist : “ I have got the right medicine for you in my blue bag, it would only cost you 1000 dollars, or if you don’t like then in my black bag I have got sunglasses for you to hide your slitty eyes , it costs only 800 dollars “. Chinese tourist: “ I am surprised, I thought you are a tourist like me”. Indian tourist : “ Yes, you are right I am also a tourist , but I am an Indian tourist “.

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 27 November 2023 10:57 AM

    This is called true progress. India was a country that was way behind Sri Lanka, but their citizens and leaders have been honest and hardworking to continuously develop themselves to this present position. Sri Lanka we are crooked to the core, both citizens and leaders. When British handed over this nation, it was resplendent Pearl of Asia with one of the best economies in the region. Then the yakkos took over governance and rest is history.

    Buwaneka Monday, 27 November 2023 12:25 PM

    END OF MALAYSIA IF THEY LET INDIANS AND CHINESE IN... OFF THEIR MINDS.

    Mahila Monday, 27 November 2023 02:16 PM

    Geography, History Demography is Important!!?? There are almost 55% population of Chinese and Indians put together!!??? FROGS IN A WELL!!??

    Geetanjali Monday, 27 November 2023 08:09 PM

    Dear Buwenka ,it is called jealousy. You guys are no where...

    Sunil Monday, 27 November 2023 12:31 PM

    Indonesia stop visa on arrival facility for Sri Lankans some time ago due to bogus tourist arrivals to move to Australia. Sadly this is the plight of country genuine travrllers facing due to economy hardships. Dirty politicians responsible for all this travel with deplomatic passports

    Priyan66 Monday, 27 November 2023 02:32 PM

    Our foreign minister and officials should get such facility for ordinary genuine travellers. They just sleep and travel on diplomatic passport. Shame

    Jeewes Jupiter Monday, 27 November 2023 03:10 PM

    If the Sri Lankans did not abuse the visa on arrival facility granted to us some years ago we would also still be benefiting from it. Instead our people used and abused the visa-on arrival facility and made Malaysia a transit point to enter Australia illegally!!!!!

    Hard Truth Monday, 27 November 2023 04:13 PM

    I saw that with my own eyes once at KLIA.


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