Start packing your bags and head to Malaysia for your next vacay as Indians can travel to this island nation visa-free throughout 2020. By Bayar Jain
Any international vacation comes with the baggage of meticulous planning, and often an anxiety-filled visa process. The sheer uncertainty of getting that precious governmental stamp on your passport can easily make or break your travel dreams. The Malaysian government, however, has taken away this stress, thanks to their new visa rules for Indians.
In 2020, Indians (and Chinese) flying down to this Asian nation for up to 15 days will now be able to travel visa-free using the Electronic Travel Registration and Information (eNTRI). This can be availed, both – individually and through travel agencies. But, as with all things good, a hidden ‘terms and conditions’ is attached to this too. Entry and exit for tourists will take place through select, authorised airports and entry points. It will include the Changlun, Kedah, Sarawak, Bangunan Sultan Iskandar in Johor, Johor Bahru railway station, Tanjung Kupang, Padang Besar, Bukit Kayu Hitam, and more.
Proof of sufficient cash for expenses, a travel itinerary, and a valid return ticket are some of the required documents needed to avail the advantage. Moreover, the registered tourists must travel to Malaysia within three months, and the 15-day-visa-free period would be non-extendable.
This move is taken in order to improve tourism sustainability, promote Malaysia’s arts and culture, and experience Malaysian hospitality first-hand. This same idea reflects in the country’s nation-wide mission, Visit Malaysia 2020 (VMY2020). Launched by Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad, VMY2020 aims to bring 30 million international tourists to the nation.