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Spotlight on APAC Series: Malaysia

In our spotlight on APAC series, we round up the latest developments across Asia Pacific. In this post, we explore Malaysia’s visa-free entry program for Chinese and Indian Nationals.


Malaysia announces Visa-Free Entry to Chinese & Indian Nationals from December 1, 2023


Effective from December 1, the Malaysian government introduces a visa-free travel program for visitors from China and India, allowing a stay of up to 30 days. To facilitate this, travellers must complete the Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC), an online pre-arrival form that can be submitted up to three days before the scheduled arrival. Valid passports and completed MDACs are mandatory for presentation to border officers for validation before proceeding through immigration.


The Malaysian Home Affairs Ministry confirms that these visa exemptions for Chinese and Indian visitors will be in effect until December 31, 2024. Given that China and India represent Malaysia’s fourth- and fifth-largest tourist sources, this strategic policy change aims to strengthen bilateral ties and stimulate tourism.


In reciprocity, China extends a similar visa-free policy to Malaysia and five European countries (France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain) starting December 1. This reciprocal initiative allows for visa-free entry into China for visits of up to 15 days, subject to a one-year trial.


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