Monday, September 18, 2006

Malaysia to Issue `Visas on Arrival` to Lankans

"The government of Malaysia has announced a new scheme where Sri Lankans will be issued `visas on arrival`. Such visas will be valid for 30 days and will be issued for tourist purpose only with no extensions allowed.

Visitors who produce a confirmed return ticket would be eligible for a visa on arrival, only if they enter Malaysia through Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Penang International Airport, Senai International Airport, Kuching International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport and Sultan Abu Bakar Complex or Tanjung Kupang, Johor, High Commissioner for Malaysia, Ms. Nazirah Hussain told the Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka-Malaysia Business Council last Friday.

`Visitors will be charged a fee of RM 100 for each application under the visa on arrival scheme and will be subject to the approval of the immigration authorities, on arrival,` she noted. The present scheme of obtaining visas prior to departure from Sri Lanka, will also continue, she added." (via AP)

After Hong Kong stopped issuing visas on arrival to Sri Lankans, I was starting to feel unwanted. Like really unwanted. But now it turns out that Malaysia is lightening up somewhat - good for them!

Seriously though, this is great news for people who want to spend one or two days whilst in transit in KL.

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