In a bid to rejuvenate the tourism industry amid its challenges, the government has introduced a new eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) program, targeting visitors from pivotal markets such as China and India.
Overseen by the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) in conjunction with the Home Affairs Ministry (KDN), this initiative aims to streamline the process and entice tourists from key markets, starting with chartered flights.
The newly launched eVOA program involves a simplified application procedure. Travelers are now able to submit their personal details through the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) system before arriving in Malaysia to secure the VOA.
The eVOA system, accessible through the website (https://imigresen-online.imi.gov.my/evoa/main), removes entry barriers for Chinese and Indian visitors arriving via chartered flights, significantly simplifying and expediting the visa application process.
Under the updated guidelines, registered Malaysian travel agencies can now submit eVOA requests online up to 10 days before a planned visit for tour groups of up to 10 individuals. Applicants are required to upload standardized supporting documents, which will undergo verification within five working days.
Upon approval, a RM200 visa fee must be settled at least three days prior to the intended travel date. Additionally, travel agencies are mandated to oversee and manage visiting tourists, monitoring group movements in adherence to approved visas from application to departure.
At present, eVOA holders are limited to entry and exit via specified gateways on exclusive chartered flights arranged by sponsoring agencies.
Motac Minister Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing affirmed ongoing discussions with KDN to explore expanding the VOA’s reach, aiming to generate favorable outcomes for the nation, particularly within the tourism sector and domestic economy.
With expedited visa approvals for targeted markets, the eVOA program endeavors to breathe new life into Malaysia’s tourism and hospitality sectors while stimulating economic revival. Motac is committed to continuously refining its policies, aiming to facilitate tourist entry as a pivotal strategy for growth.