Visa free travel to Malaysia UPSC NOTE

 How long is the visa-free travel for Indians to Malaysia valid?

  • Malaysia has become the latest country to extend the advantage of visa-free travel to Indian citizens

  • The facility will be extended to Indian travellers till December 31, 2024.

  • Visa valid for 30 days from the date of entry. 

  • The initiative is aimed at ensuring hassle-free travel for Indians who have emerged as one of the major tourist groups visiting Malaysia in the recent past. 

  • At present there are around 26 countries that extend visa-free entry to Indian citizens for various reasons.

What does the Malaysian decision imply?

  • Tourism has emerged as one of the key focus areas for Malaysia’s post-COVID recovery strategy

  • Malaysia’s tourism sector was hit hard during the COVID period when travel restrictions and visa problems nearly decimated its tourism industry. 

  • But under the Anwar Ibrahim government, Malaysia is taking serious steps to recover its leadership in the tourism sector

  • According to the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, 10.7 million visitors chose to visit the country in 2022 bringing in more than $28 billion to the economy

  • The visa-free facility to Indian (and Chinese) travellers is, therefore, aimed at making the country a more attractive destination for recreation seekers from two of the major Asian economies.

Categories of visa exemption

  • According to the Ministry of External Affairs, at least 34 countries across the world, have agreements with India that exempt visas for the holders of Indian diplomatic passports

  • That apart there are at least 99 countries with which India has operational agreements for “diplomatic, service/official passport holders”. 

  • According to the MEA, (un-updated list), there are 16 countries that offer visa-free travel facility for a certain period of time to ordinary Indian passport holders.

  • The list, however, keeps changing as countries keep on experimenting with their visa policy.

  • According to the latest estimate available in the Passport Index website, there are at least 26 countries at present that provide visa-free facility to ordinary Indian passport holders.



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