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Malaysia announces new visa liberalization plan


The Immigration Department in Malaysia has announced a visa liberalisation plan, which aims to attract foreign tourists and generate national income. This will ensure Malaysia remains a leader in key industries investment and tourism in the Asian region.

The visa liberalisation plan includes the following measures effective 1 December 2023 to 31 December 2026 (unless otherwise stated).

Visa waiver for Chinese and Indian nationals

Effective 1 December 2023 to 31 December 2024, the government has introduced visa exemption for citizens of China and India.

Chinese and Indian nationals can stay for up to 30 days visa-free, with no extension of stay allowed. Visa approvals received before 1 December 2023 do not need to be presented on entry. However, fees paid for these visa approvals will not be refunded.


Source: Smith Stone Walters

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