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The full implementation of the Beijing e-visa announcement recently was a good end to a long-term chapter, said Chairman of the Tourism and Travel Agents (Mata) Datuk Hansalamat Malaysia Association.
“Since March 2014, Mata has called for visa exemption for Chinese tourists as a temporary measure and introduced e-visa as a long-term measure. This is because mutual visa exemptions may be approved overnight, and e-visas require time and money. ,”He says,
The implementation of the electronic visa system will be carried out in three stages, the first is Chinese citizens living in mainland China, and the second is the second stage, which includes Chinese citizens living outside mainland China, and the final stage is combined with other countries, such as India , Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
According to Hamza, the earlier partial implementation of e-visa-which allows online applications but requires the submission of a passport-has been suspected by Chinese and local tour operators
“We ensure the growth of our tourism industry and the development of a stable e-visa system,” Hamza added, adding that e-visas enhance security.
Mata, based on her needs, urged travel and tour operators to accept e-visa instead of Entri. The former, according to Hamza, will provide travellers with peace of mind as they have provided all necessary documents once the application is approved.
E-visa is for applications for stays up to 30 days, while Entri is for travel up to 15 days.
Next, Mata is pushing for electronic visas for tourists from India.
“In short, China and India will be our biggest tourists, which will eventually outweigh the source of joint ASEAN countries,” he said.
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Chinese tourists can visit www.windowmalaysia.my/evisa, the official website of Malaysia e-visa application, submit relevant documents, pay a processing fee of $ 25 (RM103) and print their e-visa.