Malaysia ceases issuance of visa on arrival

19:34, August 02, 2010      

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The Malaysian government announced here on Monday that it would no longer issue visa on arrival (VOA) to foreign tourists entering the country.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin made this remark here after chairing the Malaysian Cabinet Committee on Foreign Labor and illegal Immigrants.

Muhyiddin said that the Malaysian government had allowed tourists from most of the countries in the world to apply for visas upon arrival at the country's entry points to facilitate the development of the tourism industry.

However, the implementation of the VOA was revoked after the facility was found being abused, said Muhyiddin.

According to the Malaysian Immigration Department, previously, foreigners from most of the countries and regions in the world could apply for visas after arriving in Malaysia.

While citizens from 20 African countries were not eligible to enjoy the flexibility, tourists from nine other Asian, European and South American countries too were barred from making VOA applications.

On another matter, Muhyiddin, who is also Malaysian Education Minister, said that Malaysian Education Ministry and Human Resources Minister would establish a database on man power in the country.

Those who were not enrolled in any higher learning institutions after completing their high school education may register themselves to become potential workers, said Muhyiddin.

Source: Xinhua


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