Malaysian e-visa ‘attracting’ more Chinese tourists
Plans to expand e-visa scheme to India.
Malaysia saw its e-visa scheme popular among Chinese tourists, attracting more than half of chinese nationals to the country compared to 2015.
“The 84.7% increase in visa application proves that government efforts to introduce e-visa schemes has attracted more chinese tourists to Malaysia”, said Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture.
He also plans to open e-visa applications to India, and other countries that request for it, Utusan Online reports.
Chinese tourists can apply for visas online from March 1 to December 31, and print e-visas on their own.
There are only 38 countries that don’t need visas to enter the country, and Singaporeans frequent it the most, he said.
Elsewhere, Indonesia will launch a digital platform to double tourist numbers by 2019. The website will pool tourist offerings across the country, allowing visitors to browse and book travel packages through a single platform.
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