Malaysia Announces Visa-Free Entry for Indian Citizens


In a significant move aimed at fostering stronger ties and promoting tourism, Malaysia has declared that it will allow visa-free entry for citizens from China and India beginning December 1, 2023. The announcement was made by Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on November 26, 2023, during his closing speech at the Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s annual congress to mark his unity government’s first year in power.Just a month ago, he had announced plans to improve visa facilities to encourage the entry of tourists and investors, ‘especially from India and China’.

Indian and Chinese nationals may stay for up to 30 days in Malaysia visa-free, PM Anwar added as part of his speech. However, visa issuance would be subject to security screening. 

In a welcoming move for Indian travelers, Thailand and Sri Lanka recently announced visa waivers, opening doors for hassle-free journeys. Effective from November 10, 2023, Thailand has eliminated the need for a visa for Indian visitors, granting a generous 30-day stay. This favorable policy is scheduled to remain in effect until May 10 of the following year, with the potential for extension should demand persist, as indicated by Thai authorities.

Sri Lanka joined the visa-free entry initiative in October this year, encompassing visitors from seven countries, including India and China. Launched as a pilot project, this initiative became operational immediately and will extend its hospitable reception until March 31, 2024.