Published on : Thursday, March 3, 2016
Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Hamzah Rahmat favours the electronic visa (e-visa) rather than electronic travel registration and information (ENTRI) in wooing more Chinese tourists to the country.
Welcoming the launching of the e-visa Tuesday in Beijing, he said the e-visa is more secure as it does not compromise on security, and in fact, actually enhances it.
“The E-visa also ensures growth and stability for the Malaysian tourism industry,” he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday.
E-visa is for applicants with a stay not exceeding 30 days, and required to pay processing fees of 200 yuan (RM128), while ENTRI service is for those on short trip not exceeding 15 days, with processing fees of 160 yuan (RM102).
Applicants can register at www.windowmalaysia.my/evisa, the official website for Malaysian e-visa application.
Hamzah also called on the government to implement e-visa for Indian visitors too, as soon as possible, since it would bring another huge source market for Malaysia’s economy.
China and India are the biggest source of tourists that will eventually overtake ASEAN countries combined, he added.