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Malaysia seduces Indian tourists with new attractions

With the easing of Covid-19 travel restrictions for foreign tourists, Malaysia is now keen to bring Indian tourists back

“We are thrilled and excited to once again welcome Indian travelers on exciting new, value-driven and action-packed itineraries to experience the best and latest that Malaysia has to offer,” Manoharan Periasamy , Senior Director, International Promotion Division (Asia & Africa), Tourism Malaysia told reporters during a roadshow held here on Monday

“There is so much to explore after two years, especially with the newly opened outdoor theme park, Genting SkyWorld, the revamped Sunway Resort in Kuala Lumpur, One and Only Desaru Coast, Malaysia’s Beach Paradise, a luxury on the Desaru Coast and a magnificent new attraction, Merdeka 118, the second tallest building in the world,” he added.

Razaidi Abd Rahim, Director of Tourism Malaysia (South India and Sri Lanka) said: “Since reopening its borders, India is among the top four arrivals to Malaysia. Malaysia opened its coasts to quarantine-free travel on April 1, 2022 to welcome fully vaccinated international travellers.”

Entry procedure

The entry procedure requires an RT-PCR test two days before departure and travelers must undergo a professionally administered RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia. Currently, the Malaysian eVISA can be applied online and more than 11,000 seats are offered weekly between India and Malaysia via Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, AirAsia, IndiGo and Air India Express, he added.

Malaysia had lifted sanctions at its border on April 1, marking the end of travel restrictions in the country. Tourism Malaysia is taking advantage of this new development by organizing roadshows in six major cities of India – Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai.

India remains one of the main market sources for Malaysia and contributed 735,309 arrivals (over 22%) in 2019. Apart from its aim to instill confidence in Indians to feel safe to visit Again Malaysia, the roadshow aims to provide a platform for the industry community to bounce back and bring the tourism sector back to its former glory.

“It is the right time to return to India, and the planning for this roadshow is very timely. The resumption of scheduled international flights from India coincides with the reopening of Malaysia’s international borders,” Manoharan said.

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April 26, 2022