30-day visa-free entry for visitors from China, India from Dec 1, says Anwar

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 26: The government will grant a 30-day visa-free entry for citizens of China and India from Dec 1, as part of the celebration of the 50-year strategic partnership between Malaysia and China next year, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

He said it is an additional facility to the existing visa exemptions currently enjoyed by citizens from Gulf countries and other West Asian nations, including Turkiye and Jordan.

However, Anwar, who is also Finance Minister, said that the visa exemption is subject to security screenings.

“Initial screenings will be conducted for all tourists and visitors to Malaysia. Security matters are a different matter; if there are criminal records or the risk of terrorism, they will not be allowed to enter.

“That comes under the authority of the security forces and Immigration,” Anwar, who is PKR president, said in his winding-up speech at PKR’s 2023 Annual National Congress which was attended by 1,391 delegates and 1,269 observers at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) today. 

The 30-day visa-free entry is also currently enjoyed by eight ASEAN countries for the purpose of social visits, tourism and business.