August 6, 2018
Updated on 6th August 2018
Travelling is becoming a hobby for most Malaysians, especially of the Gen Y (millennials). It is understandable as travel is becoming affordable with flights getting cheaper and the availability of Airbnb removing the costs of expensive hotels rates. Not to mention the minimalist travelling style today; a backpack is all you need!
It also helps that Malaysian citizens hold one of the most powerful passports in the world.
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Malaysia’s passport ranks at at number 5 globally in Passport Index’s most powerful passports of the world, sharing the rank with countries like New Zealand and Australia. This ranking is calculated by a “visa-free score” that Malaysia and other 5th ranking countries hold at 162. The Passport Index is by Arton Capital, a leading global advisory for residence and citizenship solutions.
If you’re planning to travel to EU countries, you may want to do it before 2021. Just earlier in February, 2018, it was announced that a new immigration processed, the European Travel Information and Authorization system (ETIAS) will be a legal and mandatory requirement for those traveling from a visa-free country.
In 2021 onwards, all Malaysian citizens will have to apply for an ETIAS Visa via an online application system before travelling to EU countries in the Schengen Zone. There are several requirements:
The ETIAS visa, however, will allow Malaysians to travel between the countries in the Schengen Zone for up to 90 days only and is valid for 3 years. Malaysians under the age of 18 need not apply nor pay for the ETIAS visa.
Countries which require the ETIAS visa include:
From 1st January 2018, all passengers leaving from Malaysia will have to pay an additional charge of RM1. This is following the changes made to the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) Act 2015. The regulatory charge is to cover Mavcom’s operational costs because the government will stop funding it after 2017.
However, passengers leaving from Malaysia will gain benefits as changes to the law will give Mavcom more authority. Mavcom will be able to impose penalties for airlines that do not comply to the guidelines for competition, regulatory fees, and charges. This means passengers can be rest assured that airlines will be better regulated, and passenger rights will be better taken care of.
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