Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today unveiled an initiative set to commence on December 1, offering a 30-day visa-free policy for travelers from China and India entering Malaysia. Anwar, however, underscored the exemption is still dependent upon mandatory security screenings for past criminal or violent records, emphasizing this during the PKR National Congress 2023 at the Putrajaya International Convention Center (PICC).
The 30-day visa-free entry which has already been enjoyed by travelers from Arab countries like Turkiye and Jordan, has now been extended to those arriving from China and India.
Highlighting the potential surge in tourism from China compared to non-ASEAN nations, Anwar pointed out that within the ASEAN region, neighboring countries like Singapore and Indonesia were the primary sources of tourism.
Addressing criticisms of his frequent international travels, Anwar, who also holds the position of finance minister, defended these actions, citing their importance in establishing ties with international corporations and attracting investments back to Malaysia.
The announcement by the prime minister followed hints from Transport Minister Anthony Loke who implied an imminent significant announcement concerning the country’s economy. Moreover, several reports from an unnamed Cabinet source revealed anticipated reciprocal agreements between Malaysia and China, suggesting a forthcoming 15-day visa-free travel allowance for Malaysians in China and a 30-day visa-free entry for Chinese citizens in Malaysia.
The source indicated that Malaysia’s decision aimed to support the country’s objective of achieving 25 million international tourists.