Malaysia seeks more Sri Lankan visitors amid visa fee hike

Mar 12, 2014 (LBO) – Malaysia is seeking more visitors from Sri Lanka and an expansion of weekly flights, amid a ten-fold hike in visa fees that has made travel to the country more expensive. “But we are looking into public comments, agencies comments and also the service level of facilitator if we are to make a decision on the payment.”

In the ASEAN region, travel is visa free, generating a travel boom and people to people contact.

Sri Lanka also charged higher fees from Malaysians of 30 US dollars (3,900 rupees), than Malaysian charged from Sri Lankans until February, though Sri Lanka has an electronic travel authorization scheme that is relatively painless and fast.

Sri Lanka also has an effective visa-on -arrival scheme for 5 dollars more.

Singapore is visa free for Sri Lankans and Singaporeans can also visit Sri Lanka without visa. In 2013, 64,051 Sri Lankans visited Malaysia, up from 62,821 a year earlier, Haji Azizan Noordin, Deputy Director General of Tourism Malaysia said.

“Sri Lanka has always been an important market for us, he told reporters in Colombo.

“In this year we are expecting a 10 to 12 percent increase which is close to 70,000 Sri Lankan