It is a truth universally acknowledged that planning an
international trip takes time. You have decisions to make – where to go, how
much it will cost, what to see, what to carry and more. You book your tickets,
arrange for your accommodation, and buy your insurance. There’s just one step
remaining – the visa.
The visa is the gateway to your international trip.
Obtaining that visa is a moment of relief and joy – now your trip can begin,
For many people though, the moments leading up to the visa can
be nerve wracking. In the middle of work, family, friends and the other small
moments that make up life, you have to find the time to find the right
documents, make payments and wait anxiously until you receive your visa. Who
has the time?
If there’s one visa that fits into your busy schedule, that doesn’t need you to run around – it’s the e-Visa.
1. What is an e-Visa?
It very simply stands for electronic-visa. An e-Visa is completely processed online – from the application, the payment and the final delivery of the visa. Although the process is different (completely online), the e-Visa allows the same access as a regular visa, in the countries that allow it.Which countries allow an e-Visa? Which countries allow an e-Visa?
2. Which countries allow an e-Visa?
Although this process is convenient and quick, not every international destination offers you the option of an e-Visa. Currently, 24 countries in the world offer travellers the choice of an e-Visa. Some of these countries are Malaysia, Australia, Cambodia, Bahrain, Kenya, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka and India amongst others.
3. What is unique about the Malaysian e-Visa?
On 1st March 2017, Malaysia joined the list of countries that offer an e-Visa to travellers. Malaysian e-Visas applications are open to citizens from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Serbia and, of course, India. e-Visa applications are also open to those who are seeking student and expatriate visas to enter Malaysia.
Malaysian e-visa is valid for 3 months and has no restrictions on the place of departure. Single e-Visa holders can stay for a duration of up to 30 days, while multiple entry e-Visa holders can stay between 15 to 30 days.
The visa review process for Malaysia takes at least 1 business day after you submit your application (you might need to submit extra documents or participate in a visa interview, which might affect the time it takes to obtain the visa.)
4. How can Thomas Cook help?
At Thomas Cook, we understand how busy life can be. Which is
why, when you start your visa journey, we’re alongside you for the entire
Booking a Malaysian e-visa with Thomas Cook is a simple process of 4 steps.
1. Get your Visa Quote: Every visa, every destination has a different price. With Thomas Cook, you need to fill out simple details, like your destination, type of visa, the closest Thomas Cook branch and your mobile and email details, and we’ll send you the visa cost.
2. Pay online: The second step is just a matter of a few clicks. Once you receive your visa quote, you can easily pay for it online using either your
3. Submit documents: With the e-Visa, the most time-consuming step of obtaining your visa can be done during your lunch break or from the comfort of your home. Simply send us your scanned application and documents online.
4. Track and Receive visa: Sometimes, the hardest part of the visa process is the waiting. With Thomas Cook, you can track the status of your visa. Once it is approved, the visa will be sent to you, without any hassles.
And just like that, in 4 easy steps, you can obtain your Malaysian e-visa without setting a foot outside of your home or office.
Furthermore, we offer the guidance of a visa expert who will guide you throughout the entire process, answer your questions and review your documents.
Now that you’ve received your Malaysian e-Visa, it’s time to pack your bags, catch your flight and head to Malaysia. You could be travelling to Malaysia on business, for personal reasons or for the first time – it doesn’t matter. This country has the potential to surprise you time and time again. Check out these interesting areas to explore in Malaysia on your trip.
Meet the world in
Malaysia: When you travel to this Southeast Asian gem, you’re not just
opening yourself to Malaysian culture; you’re exploring a global one. While
half the population are ethnically Malay, you will also meet many residents
from China, as well as fellow Indians. Due to its diversity, Malaysia is home
to a variety of religions like Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and Hinduism. This
makes it an amazing blend of culture, traditions, languages and more.
Stroll down the food street: If you’re looking for the best street food in the world, then look no further than George Town in the Malaysian capital of Penang. Hundreds and hundreds of stalls line the streets offering spicy noodle curries, samosas and desserts.
Marvel over the
Malaysian Rafflesia: If you’re a flower enthusiast, then Malaysia is the
place for you. The world’s largest flower – the Malaysian Rafflesia – can bloom
to over a yard.
Tower over the World:
One of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia are the Petronas Towers in
Kuala Lumpur. Measuring at a staggering 1,483 feet tall, these towers are the
highest twin towers in the world.
These are just a few things you will encounter on your trip.
The country has a rich heritage, diverse wildlife and a variety of different
landscapes to explore. With so much diversity, is it any wonder that people
from all over the world flock to Malaysia? Now, it’s your turn.