[Global Times Special Correspondent in Malaysia, Lan Hui] The Malaysian government has announced that within one year from January 1, 2020, Chinese and Indian tourists will enjoy the convenience of entering the country visa-free for a maximum of 15 days.
The Malaysian Ministry of the Interior issued a notice on the 29th that the government has provided visa-free measures for Chinese and Indian tourists. Tourists from both countries must complete the information registration on the eNTRI system (electronic tourism visa-free registration system) in advance, and 3 The entry time from the designated port to Malaysia within a month is 15 days, and the travel time can not be extended, and no further permits are allowed. The Malaysian Immigration Department will monitor and verify Chinese and Indian tourists visiting under visa-free measures through the eNTRI system. In addition, tourists can only re-register on the eNTRI system to apply for visa exemption 45 days after leaving Malaysia.
Malaysian media said that the government's visa exemption for Chinese and Indian tourists is to implement the 2020 Malaysia International Cultural Tourism Year to attract 30 million international tourists and create 100 billion ringgit (Malaysian currency unit, about 169.5 billion yuan) of tourism revenue. .
Malaysian media "Malaysia Today" quoted Moussa Yusof, director general of the Tourism Board, as saying that in the first nine months of 2019, the country received 2.41 million Chinese tourists and nearly 540,000 Indian tourists, a year-on-year increase of 5.7% and 23.2%, China and India are Malaysia's largest source country of tourists. In 2019, 3.26 million Chinese tourists and 683,000 Indian tourists are expected to visit Malaysia.
However, on the social network, many Malaysians think that such a “conditional” visa exemption is not much faster than visa application. Governments have set up cards at various levels to fear that the influx of Chinese and Indian tourists will bring about illegal labor services. Some people claim that the government's "squeezing" visa-free measures actually reflect the problem of "not confident enough" and worry that the rice bowl will be stolen by foreigners.