BALI, December 20 (RIA Novosti) – The authorities of Malaysia lifted all quotas for its citizens, who wish to go on pilgrimage to Israel for Christmas celebrations, Star daily reported on Thursday.
“There are no more quotas for religious trips to Israel,” said Tan Kong Beng, an executive secretary of the Malaysian Christian Federation, citing an official notification from the prime minister’s office.
Malaysia has no diplomatic relations with Israel and until now prohibited its citizens from traveling there, except for pilgrimage trips to Jerusalem. However, such trips were regulated by quotas allowing only 700 of people to travel annually with the maximum stay of ten days in Israel and not more that three times a year.
With the government’s new decision, all quotas for pilgrims were eliminated and the maximum stay was raised to 21 days.