Malaysia Offers Free E-Visa Facilities for Travellers from India

With a view to increase Indian arrivals, Malaysia has announced free e-visa for Indian nationals. This means only USD 20 as processing fee will be charged, while the visa fee has been waived off. Besides, the e-visa will be processed within 48 hours. “We are looking at attracting 1 million visitors from India this year and have announced a visa fee waive off-except for a processing charge of USD 20. This single visa is valid for a period of 15 days,” said Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board.

The step is considered a major boost by the Malaysia’s travel & tourism industry as India is now emerging as one of the key markets for inbound tourism for Malaysia. To be more precise, India features among the top 10 revenue generating markets for Malaysia.

According to the latest data from Tourism Malaysia, the country recorded 639,000 Indian tourists for the all year down from 722,000 arrivals for the year 2015. This represents a drop of 11.6 percent on a year-to-year basis. And compared to the year 2014- so far an absolute record for Indian travellers, total number are down by 17 percent. India however remains Malaysia’s sixth largest market after Singapore, Indonesia, China, Brunei and Thailand.

But the general trend for a decade remains positive: in 2007, Malaysia recorded only 422,000 arrivals from India and back to 2001, the country had less than 150,000 Indian tourists. The free e-visa should certainly help boost again Indian arrivals especially as more airlines ply the skies between both countries. By the end of the decade, Tourism Malaysia hopes that Indian arrivals would reach a target of 850,000 to one million yearly arrivals from India.

Tourism Malaysia will also work more closely with trade organisations in India which should help to attract more Indian travellers to the country.

Tourism Malaysia recently moved its India main office to new premises at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai, a central location to be easily reached by both Indian travellers and the tourism trade.