Malaysia ranked second most friendly country in Asia and best country for expat living


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Malaysia has been ranked second in Asia’s top five most friendliest countries, according to a survey by finance website Insider Monkey.

The country is also the 15th most immigrant-friendly and the 25th best for expat living.

With a migrant stock of 10.7%, Malaysia is the fourth most welcoming country in the world in terms of visa on arrival and electronic travel authorisation (ETA) entry.

“HSBC has listed Malaysia as the 25th best country for expat living. 26 million tourists travelled to Malaysia in 2023, aided by a high visa acceptance rate.

“According to the Passport Index 2024, Malaysia is the fourth most welcoming country in the world in terms of visa on arrival and electronic travel authorisation (ETA) entry offered to travellers,” the survey said.

The United Arab Emirates took the top spot with a score of 2.52.

Other countries in the top five most friendly countries in Asia include Vietnam, Philippines, and Singapore.


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