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Published on : Friday, February 5, 2016
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said he had signed a letter to the effect for official validation by the Chinese government after meeting China’s Public Security Minister Gou Shengkun and Communist Party of China’s Political Centre secretary Meng Jiangzhu.
Ahmad Zahid was briefing Malaysian journalists on the outcome of his meetings with top leaders of China in conjunction his four-day working visit to China which started Feb 1.
In the 2016 Budget recalibration recently, the Malaysian government announced visa exemption and the non-payment of fees for Chinese nationals visiting Malaysia for a period of less than 15 days.
It was also announced that tourists from China need not apply for visa to visit Malaysia between March 1 and Dec 31 this year.
They are required to register online individually or through travel agencies.
At present, e-visa applicants still need to submit their passports to the visa processing centre and the visa is to be attached to their passports, as per the requirements of the Chinese authorities.
The applicants then need to print out their special trip notes or entry after registering online and their names will be shared by the Chinese authorities to enable checks by the Immigration Department in Malaysia.
The measure is an attempt to attract eight million tourists, with spending power of RM22.1 billion, from China annually over the next five years compared to 1.3 million tourists last year.
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