Is the idea of going on a trip during the end of year celebrations running through your head? A quick international getaway sounds good, right? If so, here’s an important disclaimer for you: things might get a little tricky if you’re planning a trip to Malaysia, as the country has suspended online visas for Indian travelers. This follows the latest announcement of online visa application submission to acquire a Malaysian visa. By Shrestha Purkayastha
Malaysia Visa Online Application for Indian Tourists is no longer applicable
One of the most visited countries by Indian travellers, the Malaysia eNTRI online visa is no longer applicable. The current statement by the Malaysian authorities to suspend the issuing of online visas for Indian tourists has now come to the fore. Indian citizens will now have to submit visa applications themselves at Malaysian embassies in New Delhi, Chennai or Mumbai to access a Malaysian visa.
Announcement: Malaysia Single Entry Visa Application Procedures pic.twitter.com/mXNTXuy9dR
— Malawakil New Delhi (@MYHCNewDelhi) October 10, 2022
The Malaysian High Commission in New Delhi, likely to publicize diplomatic and other relations with India and Malaysia, posted the decision on Twitter.
Six days are needed to process visa applications
Visa applications will be handled personally by the visa section of the embassies in Chennai, New Delhi and Mumbai. This new regulation was regularized on October 11. While natives of Kerela can apply directly to the embassy in Chennai, the rest of Indian travelers can file their applications based on their residential address.
Count on, at most, six days are necessary to process visa applications. Travelers may find it difficult to directly reach the visa application center twice in six days to obtain a Malaysian visa. They must submit their passports with their applications on the first day. The visa can be collected on the second visit after six days.
Malaysia only allows single entry visas
Malaysia only allows single entry visas for Indian travellers. However, the issuance of group visas for tourists has been temporarily suspended.
Visa on arrival for Indian travelers
A visa on arrival facility for Indian travelers who do not wish to physically travel to visa application centers in Mumbai, Chennai or Delhi, has been declared by the Malaysian councils. The authorities further stated that the Malaysian visa at Kuala Lumpur International Airport could be acquired by Indians upon arrival after crossing Thailand or Indonesia. An additional condition would be that they have spent at least one night in one of these countries.
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