India to consider 14-day free single entry for Malaysians

India mulling the move after Malaysian Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran met India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

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India is mulling over giving Malaysians a 14-day visa-free single entry after Malaysia raised it in a meeting with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran said he had made his case with the Indian minister that many Malaysians, especially the low-income earners from the Indian community who had found it difficult to bear the cost and could not visit India due to the Indian visa fee increase in July, reports NST.

“It was highlighted in various media reports that the prices of India’s eVisa was raised from RM200 to RM320, which was valid for four months.

“Over-the-counter visa is priced at RM462.56 (excluding service charges), which is valid for one year.

“The India’s External Affairs minister has agreed to consider the request and told me that they will let Malaysia know as soon as they make a decision on the matter,” he said in a statement on Oct 18.

Many Malaysians, Kulasegaran added, had voiced their grouses over the fee increase via the social media, and meeting him in person.

“Rest assured that the matter is being considered by the Indian government.”

In an earlier report (India seeks amnesty for undocumented workers in Malaysia, Oct 9), Bernama reported that India has sought an amnesty for its illegal workers in Malaysia so that they can either regularise their stay or return home.

The matter came up for discussion during a meeting between Kulasegaran and Sushma in New Delhi.

Speaking to journalists in New Delhi, Kulasegaran said he had informed the Indian minister that an independent committee is studying various issues related to foreign workers in the country and after it submits its report, Malaysia will look at “what best can be done” about the undocumented workers from India.

On the issue of amnesty, Kulasegaran said: “We have no objection to that.”

There are some 150,000 Indian workers in Malaysia, but the minister didn’t give an estimate about the number of those without proper documentation, the BErnama report added.

Malaysia and India are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding on migrant labour by January, Kulasegaran said.

 

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