Malaysian High Commission Announces Online Visa for Indians

The Malaysian High Commission in New Delhi has announced the receipt of visa applications online from the first week of August. This is an attempt to streamline visa procedures and to curb the prevalent practice of illegal overstay.

The Malaysian government announced the abolition of Visa On Arrival (VOA) facility for Indians.

The Visa On Arrival (VOA) was launched in September 2006 in order to attract approximately 21 million tourists.

Till November 6, 2007, over 14,500 visitors had applied for the VOA, of which more than 10,000 were from India.

Records from the Malaysian government show that 2,789 Indian tourists had overstayed, followed by 355 from China, Kuala Lumpur newspapers report.

Aparts from New Delhi, Malaysian's Assistant High Commission in Chennai also processes visa applications from Indian visitors.

This will help to ease the growing traffic of tourists and business visitors from India to Malaysia.

The High Commission aanounced that whoever seeks an employment visa will have to go through a medical examination.