MATTA Appeals For Temporary Waiver of Visa Fees For Chinese and Indian Tourists

 Tuesday, November 13, 2018 


The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents is appealing to the Malaysian Government to waive visa fees for Chinese and Indian tourists. MATTA President Datuk Tan Kok Liang says, “This is necessary in view of Thailand waiving visa-on-arrival fees for two months from 1 December to 31 January for visitors from 21 countries, including China and India, in stimulating its tourism industry following consecutive months of year-on-year decline in Chinese arrivals to Thailand.”


“It is given that imposition of visa and its requirements are barriers to foreign visitors, and easing visa restrictions would facilitate tourist arrivals. As such, Malaysia must take the proactive step to waive visa fees, particularly on Chinese and Indian tourists, as they are increasingly responsive and sophisticated.” “Granting visa fee waiver is common sense to stimulate visitor arrivals and to stay competitive with neighbouring countries. Furthermore, Malaysia and Thailand are inter-connected with tourist from China and India crossing over to Malaysia to extend their holiday.”


“Our previous administration’s concern of Chinese nationals entering our country for work has long been superseded by the meteoric rise of the Chinese economy. Since 2012, Chinese tourists are already the world’s biggest spenders and are known for emptying stores of luxury brands in Europe, and many countries around the world have rolled out the red carpets to welcome them.”



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