Thursday, August 10th, 2006
Kuala Lumpur – India is among 23 countries whose tourists will be eligible for visa on arrival at Malaysia’s international airports from Sep 1.
The move is in preparation for ‘Visit Malaysia Year 2007′, according to a report by the state-run Bernama news agency.
‘The visa would permit the holders to stay in the country for one month but they would have to leave and re-enter Malaysia if they wished to extend their stay using the visa,’ Malaysia’s Home Minister Radzi Sheikh Ahmad was quoted as saying.
Tourists would be charged 100 ringgit for the visa and it was not meant for tourists arriving by sea and land, the minister said.
He clarified that the visa-on-arrival scheme was only for those flying to Malaysia directly before visiting neighbouring countries like Thailand and Singapore by car or train.
Malaysia expects some 20 million tourist arrivals next year.
‘We want the tourists to spend their money in Malaysia first before going to the other countries, so this (visa) is only offered to those who come by air,’ the report quoted the minister as saying.