Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim announced a new policy now granting visa-free entry for Chinese and Indian nationals for stays of up to 30 days.

Key Points:

  • Malaysia’s Home Affairs Ministry clarified that the visa exemption for Chinese and Indian nationals will be effective until Dec. 31, 2024.
  • Malaysia recorded a total of 782,425 tourist arrivals from China and India from January through June of this year, according to government data.

BAL Analysis: Other neighboring countries are taking similar measures, as China recently announced visa-free entry for Malaysian nationals and five European countries. The new policy is part of a wider Malaysian policy to boost tourism, and the government intends to provide further visa liberalization in the future. BAL will provide more information as it becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.

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