Malaysia’s e-visa move for India welcomed by Indian tour operators

Published on : Thursday, February 23, 2017

Indian tour operatorsMalaysia’s e-visa move for Indian travellers has been hailed by Indian tour operators who said would help in achieving Malaysia’s target of one million visitors from India this year.

India’s leading travel industry bodies welcomed the new facility and pledged their support for Malaysia’s tourism promotion efforts.

The e-visa can be issued within 48 hours and allows tourists a stay of up to two weeks in Malaysia, Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz announced at a press conference in New Delhi recently.

This “entry visa” will cost only US$20 in processing fees, just one-fourth of the multiple-entry pass fees that Indian passport holders have to pay now.

Mohamed Nazri said the initiative addresses the concerns raised by the Tourism Malaysia and the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) and the Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) on Thursday signed a plaque on promoting travel from India.

“You have given us the visa facility we asked for, now we’ll help you in your target of one million arrivals,” TAAI’s northern region chairman Rajan Sehgal said.
Malaysia remains a popular destination among Indian holidaymakers although 2016 saw a decline in visitor numbers compared to the previous year.

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