Malaysia e-visa in 24-48 hrs

Re­it­er­at­ing India's im­por­tance as the sixth largest con­trib­u­tor for tourists, Malaysia has re­cently launched e-visa fa­cil­i­ties for Indians trav­el­ling to the coun­try for tourism pur­poses.

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In a bid to make trav­el­ling to Malaysia more con­ve­nient for Indians, the Malaysian gov­ern­ment has re­cently launched the Elec­tronic Travel Au­tho­ri­sa­tion Visa ( evisa) for short trips to the coun­try. Cur­rently the e- visa is avail­able to In­dian res­i­dents and is valid for a sin­gle jour­ney stay of 30 days in Malaysia.

Com­ment­ing on the new devel­op­ment, Mohd Hafiz, Di­rec­tor, Tourism Malaysia, Mum­bai, said, “We are al­ways try­ing to make travel to Malaysia as con­ve­nient as it can get and the in­tro­duc­tion of e-visa is a ma­jor step in that di­rec­tion. We are con­fi­dent that with this ease in visa process more and more Indians will now con­sider Malaysia as a des­ti­na­tion of choice for their next hol­i­day.”

The Malaysia e-visa can be ob­tained within 24- 48 hours with a va­lid­ity of three months and a fee of around `

2710.

This year, one mil­lion In­dian tourists are ex­pected to visit Malaysia. India is an im­por­tant con­trib­u­tor to the Malaysian tourism econ­omy and as many as 722,141 tourists from India were reg­is­tered making it the sixth largest tourism source mar­ket for Malaysia. In 2014, the In­dian tourist spent an av­er­age of RM436.2 per day.

We are con­fi­dent that with this ease in visa process more and more Indians will now con­sider Malaysia as a des­ti­na­tion of choice for their next hol­i­day

While niche prod­ucts like self- drive, lux­ury travel, eco­tourism, sports tourism, busi­ness travel etc. will be pro­moted to reach out to spe­cial in­ter­est seg­ments of the In­dian trav­eller, Malaysia is also tar­get­ing the ar­dent shop­per with a host of yearly sale events. The 1Malaysia Su­per Sale was held from March 131, while the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Car­ni­val will be held from June 15-Au­gust 31, and the 1Malaysia Year End Sale from Novem­ber 1-De­cem­ber 31.

Mohd Hafiz

Di­rec­tor Tourism Malaysia, Mumbai

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