Johor hopes Putrajaya greenlights China visa application centre in state

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KULAI, March 29 — Johor intends to have a visa-processing centre for visitors from China, following an increase in travellers after the reopening of international borders last year.

Johor Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Culture Committee chairman K. Raven Kumar said this will make visa applications for travellers easier.

“The state government had previously communicated our interest in setting up such a centre to the federal government as it is under its jurisdiction.

“We are also in discussions with the Chinese Embassy regarding the visa application centre in the state to ease the documentation process for travellers between Johor and China,” said Raven Kumar after he was present to welcome 100 tourists from Guangzhou, China at Senai International Airport here today.

He was commenting on the advantage for Johor to have a China visa application service centre to cater to an increase of travellers.

Raven Kumar, who is the Tenggaroh assemblyman, said this was in line with the flight frequency between China and Johor.

He said at present, there are three weekly flights between Guangzhou (China) and Johor, but there is a possibility that the frequency might be increased.

“Today, we (in Johor) welcome the first flight from China, and this can boost the state’s tourism sector,” he said, adding that the state government will also be looking into flights from other parts of China such as Beijing.

Raven Kumar said that Johor is looking forward to other flights in the region.

He said that the next coming direct flight to Johor will be from Jakarta in Indonesia.

“The Jakarta and Johor flight is expected to start in about two to three months’ time.

“In addition, the state is also in discussions for direct flights from South Korea and India,” he said.