Sarawak Awaits Decision On VOA Facilities In Miri

The entrance to Complex Immigration Malaysia at Sungai Tujoh Miri.
The entrance to Complex Immigration Malaysia at Sungai Tujoh Miri.

KUCHING – Sarawak expects the state’s application for visa on arrival (VOA) facilities for tourists from China who arrived at Miri Airport and the CIQ Complex in Sungai Tujuh, Miri, will receive feedback from the Home Ministry (KDN) within the next one or two months.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Haji Openg said he had already submitted the letter to the Deputy Prime Minister who is also Home Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, last week.

He said the issuance of visas at the point of entry to Sarawak was important because it would be easier for tourists from China, especially those who were visiting Brunei, to continue their journey to Sarawak, as Miri was only two hours’ drive from Bandar Seri Begawan.

“We also understand that Brunei is intensifying its promotion in China, with the Royal Brunei Airlines flying directly to China, except Hong Kong,” he told reporters after launching the “101 Holidays in Sarawak” campaign, organised by the Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) Sarawak at a hotel, here Wednesday afternoon.

“For tourists from China who visit Brunei, they can proceed to Miri, Sarawak, via the Sungai Tujuh entry.

“For the purpose of this VOA facilities, immigration office in Sungai Tujuh must be gazetted as an visa-issuance office,” he added.

He said Sarawak was always trying to strengthen collaboration with Brunei in the field of tourism, especially after the launch of subregional economic co-operation initiative between the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines and Aast Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).