Thursday, December 20, 2012
Passport to Israel - Government relaxes restrictions
The Star reported that
Malaysia has relaxed restrictions for religious visits to Israel, lifting the quota on the number of pilgrims and allowing travel to anyone for up to 21 days at a time.
According a letter issued by the Prime Minister's Office to the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) on Nov 28, Christians can also, among others, visit Israel as many times as they want as well as travel anywhere, subject to approval from the authorities there.
Previously, pilgrimages to Israel were limited to 700 Malaysians each year, with only 40 from one church and a stay of only up to 10 days at a time.
The pilgrims, who must be at least 18 years old, were also not allowed to visit Israel more than once in three years.
There are now no more quotas for those travelling for religious purposes to Israel.
A 10-day visit to Israel could cost between RM8,000 and RM12,000.
Malaysia has no diplomatic relations with Israel.
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Source: The Star..Government relaxes Israel travel ban