KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Home Affairs will implement five initiatives under the Visa Liberalisation Plan aimed at generating national income and ensuring Malaysia is the main investors’ and tourists’ destination in Asia.
Its Minister, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said, these initiatives will be implemented following Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s announcement on the Visa Liberalisation Plan on 26th Nov.2023 that is giving visa exemption for 30 days to Chinese and Indian citizens coming to Malaysia starting 1st Dec.2023 until 31st Dec.2024.
Secondly, giving Multiple Entry Visa (MEV) facility for a period of 30 days to all tourists who wish to enter Malaysia, thirdly giving Social Visit Pass (long term) until 12 months stay for international students who have completed their studies aimed at furthering their studies, touring and working temporarily in the job sectors that are permitted by the law in the country. It is opened to 23 low risk and high income countries namely Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Switzerland, Netherland, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and United States.
The fourth initiative under the Visa Liberalisation Plan includes giving Umrah Transit Visa for seven days via the umrah operator agent registered under the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture (MOTAC).
Meanwhile, the fifth initiative is the improvement for the validity of the visa extended to three (3) months to six (6) months and the period of the Social Visit Pass qualification is adjusted to the minimum of 30 days for all countries that need visa to enter Malaysia.
Saifuddin added, in facing the current economic challenges, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has reported that tourism activities is one of the three main factors that generates the national economic growth in 2023 and is expected to increase and consistently contribute to the national income.
“Therefore the Visa Liberalisation Plan will be introduced with added value in the existing immigration facilities that have been enjoyed by travellers to Malaysia such as from Europe, South East Asia, Middle East and West Asia.
“The implementation of the Visa Liberalisation Plan will be strengthened with control measures and integrated enforcements with enforcement agencies,” he said in the statement.
He added, through these measures the country could avoid the flooding of foreigners and illegal immigrants (PATI).
The Ministry via the Immigration Department of Malaysia and Royal Malaysian Police will ensure the safety and public peacefulness in Malaysia is guaranteed via retaining the early security screening to all travellers to Malaysia especially those with criminal records or risk of violence.
The Minister also highlighted that the Immigration Department will form a special team to monitor the movements of tourists from China and India and the monitoring will be implemented on the 30th day, the last day following the period of stay in the country.
He said, the monitoring activities will be increased in the places identified as the focused areas for foreigners such as Masjid India; Plaza Lowyat; Bukit Bintang and others to eradicate the illegal immigrants.
“The authorities will also activate its intelligence activities and enforcement not only to foreign workers but also the employers who employ and protect illegal immigrants (PATI).
“The strict procedure of Entry Rejection Notice or Notto-Land (NTL) will be retained and uncompromised and giving responsibilities to the flight companies to check and ensure that every tourist enter with a confirmed return ticket and confirmed hotel booking during the stay in Malaysia,” he said.
According to Saifuddin, the ministry is exploring the proposal to compulsorily fill the data in Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC) that is integrated with the immigration system MyIMMs to ensure the entry of foreign tourists data are recorded.
“The ministry will also review the Immigration Act 1959/63 and Immigration Regulations 1963 relating to compound rate, fine and/or punishment for long term action,” he said. – Malaysia World News