MIDA launches a portal for the entry of business travelers
KUALA LUMPUR: Business travelers who want to enter the country, can now apply online through the portal https://safetravel.mida.gov.my, effective today.
In a statement, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) said the Safe Travel Portal site also contains various information and advisory services to facilitate the application of the group.
According to MIDA, the portal is part of a critical component of the one-stop center (OSC) initiative, which was set up by the Malaysian government effective October 2, specifically to expedite the entry of business tourists.
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“This center plays an important role in ensuring that Malaysia remains stable in its economic recovery and growth; while balancing public health and livelihoods, and strengthening Malaysia’s position as a competitive investment destination in Asia”.
“Apart from MIDA, it is represented by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Ministry of Health (MOH), and the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) to ensure the legitimacy and health status of business tourists, before they are allowed to enter Malaysia,” the statement said.
MIDA said, it is also a collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra), Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) and Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp).
For short-term business travelers, i.e. less than 14 days, and not having any passes, they may be considered for mandatory quarantine exemption, subject to OSC Committee authorization, and subject to strict standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Short Term Business Tourists can be categorized as follows: –
- Potential investors who want to do business in Malaysia
- Ready investors, i.e. business owners, board members, executives and associates in Malaysia (without employee passes)
- Business customers for product qualification and verification before commercial production
- Technical experts for ad-hoc emergency cases to serve single or double customers throughout Malaysia
“Business tourists from the above four categories can also apply for a Social Tour Pass under the Long-Term Business Tourist, if they plan to stay for more than 14 days in the country,” according to the statement.
For Long-Term Business Tourists, MIDA said, those who hold a valid pass, and want to stay in the country for more than 14 days, must comply with mandatory quarantine as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.
Long Term Business Tourists can be categorized as follows: –
- New/existing expatriates stranded abroad, such as holders of active employment passes (EP), and Resident Pass – Talent (RP-T).
- New/existing foreign technical experts stranded outside with Professional Visit Pass (PVP) to serve various customers throughout Malaysia.
- Frequent foreign business travelers (Exit & Return), including regional establishment (RE), regional operations (RO), and major hub representatives (PH).
- Permanent Resident Pass (PR) Holders.
- My 2nd Home (MM2H) Malaysia Social Visit Pass Holder.
- Frequent Malaysian business travelers (Exit & Return).
- Social Tour Pass Holder.
MIDA said, Business travelers must obtain the relevant visa (if applicable) from the relevant Malaysian citizen at the Embassy Office of the High Commission / Consulate General abroad before their departure to Malaysia.