Hongkongers are now entitled to visa-free entry to Malaysia for up to 90 days, starting July 27. Previously, Hong Kong passport holders could enter Malaysia and stay in the country for up to 30 days without a visa.
The news comes as John Lee makes his first visit to the Southeast Asian nation in his capacity as Hong Kong Chief Executive to strengthen bonds between the SAR and Malaysia.
This development is seen as a reciprocal move from the Malaysian government as its nationals may currently enter the SAR for a 90-day period without applying for a visa.
Malaysia is a popular tourist destination renowned for its diverse cuisine, tropical getaways, and World Heritage Sites.
Its capital, Kuala Lumpur, is famed for its cityscapes and retail scene, while island destinations like Penang and Langkawi give visitors the chance to experience luxury spa resorts and water sports.
History buffs can visit the Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca and nature lovers can check out the famous caves and rainforests of Gunung Mulu National Park.
Earlier this month, the Henley Passport Index ranked the HKSAR passport as the 17th most powerful travel document in the world, with Singapore landing the No. 1 spot.
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