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.

An aerial view of Georgetown in Penang, Malaysia. The cityscape is a combination of high-rises and low-rise tiled buildings. In the background, there are sandy beach shores.
Georgetown in Penang is known for its beach getaways and resorts (© Calvin Ng via Canva)

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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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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