Tourists from China and India will be able to visit Malaysia without a tourist visa this year, effective 1st January to 31st December 2020. This is following an announcement by the government on 28 December.
The eNTRI visa is valid for three months and allows a 15-day stay
The tourists must be registered through an ‘electronic travel registration and information system’ also known as eNTRI – either individually or through travel agencies in their respective countries. With the visa, tourists from China and India will be able to enter the country for up to 15 days, which cannot be extended.
However, the tourists must enter and exit Malaysia only through authorised airports or entry points
Tourists would have to go through authorised airports or through the immigration control posts. These include:
- Sultan Iskandar building in Johor
- Johor Bahru railway station
- Johor Immigration control post at Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar
- Tanjung Kupang, Johor
- Padang Besar, Perlis
- Bukit Kayu Itam, Changloon, Kedah
- Sungai Tujoh, Sarawak
- Immigration control post at Tedungan in Limbang, Fifth Division, Sarawak
Tourists should also have a valid return ticket to visit Malaysia
According to the statement given, they must produce proof of sufficient cash for expenses, credit card or bank card as well as travel itinerary in Malaysia. All tourists should also have a valid return ticket upon arrival.
They can re-apply for the same short-term visa 45 days after leaving Malaysia, but may not apply for any other passes under the Immigration Regulations 1963. The statements were signed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, exercising the functions of the Minister of Home Affairs.
The eNTRI visa is said to be in conjunction with Visit Malaysia 2020
It was reported that Malaysia aims to see 20 million international tourist arrivals by 2020 for the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign, with total tourist receipts amounting to RM100bil.
The eNTRI visa was first introduced in 2015 under Barisan Nasional but it was meant only for Chinese tourists. The visa was then widened to include Indian tourists later in 2017.