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Published on : Monday, April 3, 2017
‘Namaste India’ will be a traditional greeting for Malaysia as it eyes this country and take its outbound tourism to 50 million by 2020. By offering easy and cheap new visa scheme to the Indians, Malaysia aims to cross its outbound spending to US$28bil (RM123.9bil) mark. It would be announced by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s official trip to India in the coming days. As per this scheme, Indian tourists will only require to pay US$20 (RM88.50) as a processing fee for a 15-day visa to Malaysia making it totally free.
Previously, the company charged additional RM270 per application while managing the e-visa applications apart from the RM108 payable to the Malaysian and Indian governments with a total fee of RM378. President Datuk Hamzah Rahmat believes that the new visa scheme can provide million Indian tourists to Malaysia this year as compared to 722,141 in 2015 and 638,578 in 2016 respectively.
In another 15 to 20 years, India could be second to China in terms of business travel spending as conferred by the report by FCM Travel Solutions. As more and more Indian tourists were willing to visit Malaysia, this scheme would facilitate thousands of enthusiastic travelers from here on. To quote Hamzah, ‘It’s not so much about the price but the ease of obtaining the visa. Travelers want things easy for themselves, including not having to send their passports to the embassy for the application.’