From today until Dec 31, Chinese tourists can enter Malaysia without hassle as they can apply for visas online and print the e-visa on their own.
BEIJING: Malaysia’s visa programmes to further boost Chinese tourist arrivals was officially launched today.
These were the electronic visa (e-visa) and electronic travel registration and information (Eentri).
The launch was officiated by Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.
Starting today until Dec 31, Chinese tourists can enter Malaysia without hassle as they can apply for visas online and print the e-visa on their own.
Between midnight and noon, the Malaysian Visa Application Processing Centre in Beijing had received more than 100 applicants.
Nazri said the visa programme was a key initiative to help achieve the government’s goal of further expanding and developing the tourism industry of Malaysia and China, as well as strengthening diplomatic relations between both nations.
“China has been among Malaysia’s top 10 source markets and we deeply treasure the recognition and support from Chinese tourists.
“To show Malaysia’s sincerity in welcoming tourists from China, we now promote e-visa to realise the goal of receiving eight million tourist arrivals from China annually.”
Nazri said he received positive feedback from travel agents in China regarding Chinese tourist interest in Malaysia as the country was “very close” to their culture.
“Chinese tourists are comfortable travelling to Malaysia as the Chinese community in Malaysia is not only able to speak Mandarin but also various dialects like Cantonese, Hokkien and Teochew.”
He said the ministry and its agencies had several tourism programmes in the pipeline to further boost Chinese tourist arrivals, in line with the implementation of the e-visa programme.
E-visa is for applicants for a stay not exceeding 30 days and they are required to pay a processing fee of 200 yuan (RM128).
The Entri service is for those on short trips not exceeding 15 days, with a processing fee of 160 yuan (RM102).
Applicants can register at www.windowmalaysia.my/evisa, the official website for Malaysian e-visa application.
Meanwhile, Malaysian singer Shila Amzah was appointed Malaysia’s Tourism Ambassador in China. She is popular among the Chinese after appearances on local television show, “Asian Wave”.
Nazri hoped through this appointment, more Chinese would learn more about Malaysia and travel to the country.