The Malaysian Government has decided to discontinue the “Visa on Arrival” or VOA as it is popularly called effective from 16th August, 2010.
VOA scheme was offered to a select group of countries, of which India was a part, in which, Malaysian Immigration would grant 7-15 days visa at the port of entry into Malaysia, whether by Air, Ship or Land, irrespective of mode of travel.
Now all travelers planning to enter Malaysia for tourism or otherwise will now have to ensure that they have proper entry permits while planning the trip.
However, Transit without visa (TWOV) is allowed subject to a max of 120 hours of stop over.
Passengers from Indian sub-continent are only eligible for TWOV if they have Single Entry Visa (SEV) or Multiple Entry Visa (MEV) issued from any of the following countries:
ii. New Zealand
iii. United States of America (USA)
vii. South Korea
You can see both Petronas twin tower & KL tower in this picture
The reason cited by Malaysian government is that, this facility was being abused. Apparently last year around 120 persons, mostly from Chennai, just disappeared in the country after entering.
Some of us may remember that similar sanctions were brought against India and Bangladesh etc. a couple of years back also and then it was taken back.
So… let us wait and watch. In the meanwhile plan your trips carefully. I sincerely hope Thailand doesn’t do this.
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