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Malaysia Urged to Issue 3-Month Visas for Iranians

Malaysia Urged to Issue 3-Month Visas for IraniansMalaysia Urged to Issue 3-Month Visas for Iranians

Iranian tourists want their stay in Malaysia to be extended, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

He said based on reports, tourists from Iran are urging the government to at least restore the three months stay in Malaysia, just like before, the Malaysian Insider reported.

“This is because Iranians are keen to visit Malaysia and stay a little longer. I received reports concerning this matter from friends in travel agencies,” he said on Thursday.

Previously, tourists from Iran were allowed to stay in the country for up to three months, but now the period has been shortened to 14 days.

“Since not many Iranians are known to commit crime in Malaysia and because of the increasing number of tourist arrivals from Iran to Malaysia, I hope my Cabinet colleagues give some attention to this request,” he said.

Nazri said there was a constant arrival of tourists from the Middle East to Pahang, despite a decline last year when there were 2.3 million visitors compared with 2.4 million in 2013.

He said Pahang needed to intensify tourism programs to attract more tourists from the Middle East, especially during the fasting month.

Nazri said many interesting programs have been and will be carried out by the federal government in Penang to boost tourism.

Among the programs carried out was the World Curry Festival, held in January, which was previously only held in the United Kingdom.