GGRAsia – China and Malaysia extend mutual visa-free travel agreement

China, Malaysia extend mutual visa-free travel agreement

China and Malaysia have agreed to extend mutual visa-free entry schemes to their nationals, a joint statement released on Thursday said. The announcement was made in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur (pictured), at the end of Chinese Premier Li Qiang’s three-day visit to the country.

Chinese authorities had already announced in May that it would extend its visa-free policy for Malaysian nationals until Dec. 31, 2025. Malaysia will extend its visa-free entry regime for Chinese nationals until the end of 2026, according to a statement on Thursday.

The announcement said the two sides “welcome the strong interest in continuing consultations and discussions on reciprocal visa exemptions to facilitate entry for nationals of Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China.”

Chinese nationals can enter Malaysia visa-free and stay for up to 30 days.

Malaysian passport holders are exempt from visas to China for stays up to 15 days for “business, tourism, family visits and transit purposes.”

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said in late May that China would extend visa-free travel for Malaysian tourists from 15 days to 30 days. He said an implementation agreement would be signed “at a later date.”

Malaysia’s casino industry is recovering with the return of foreign tourists. Genting Malaysia Bhd, which has a monopoly on the country’s casinos with Resorts World Genting, Reports first quarter net income Just under 36.7 million ringgits (US$7.8 million).

Revenue for the three months ended March 31 was just over RM2.76 billion, with Resorts World Genting contributing RM1.75 billion to the group’s total leisure and hospitality revenue.

Genting Malaysia also operates casinos through affiliates in the United States, the Bahamas, the United Kingdom and Egypt.

Casino executives said earlier this month that Malaysia was seeing a large number of tourists from Singapore, Indonesia, China and India. Supported Resorts World Genting’s first quarter earnings.

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