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Travel tips: Visa-friendly countries around Europe for Malaysians

The Schengen Area comprises 26 different countries, covering most of Europe except the United Kingdom, that have agreed to free movement within the area with a Schengen Visa. Malaysian citizens and Malaysian passport holders, however, do not require this visa and are free to visit this list of amazing places in Europe. So, grab your passport and just go!

1. Iceland

Anyone who has seen the movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, must have Iceland on their bucket list. Iceland is the go-to place for great exposure and appreciation of nature’s gifts. In the winter, check out the beautiful and magical ice caves within the Vatnajökull National Park. More importantly, don’t forget to time your trip for a chance to see the Northern Lights (aurora borealis).

Malaysian passport holders may also choose to travel to Iceland without the need to apply for the Schengen visa for visits up to 90 days until the end of 2020. For trips from 2021, Malaysians will need an ETIAS authorisation to visit Iceland.

2. Switzerland

No trip to Switzerland is complete without taking the train ride up to the Matterhorn in Zermatt to take in the beautiful sights and enjoy a little winter skiing. Head down to the ancient city of Geneva for the picturesque town that will charm you away. While the food may be influenced by French and Italian cuisine, a must-try local dish is the Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (thin strips of veal and mushrooms in a cream sauce are served with rösti).

Malaysian passport holders may also choose to travel to Switzerland without the need to apply for the Schengen visa for visits up to 90 days until the end of 2020. For trips from 2021, Malaysians will need an ETIAS authorisation to visit Switzerland.

3. France

Many travellers claim Paris, the capital of France, to be the city of love. Known for its beautiful streets, art museums and fresh bread, France is the place to be (particularly in the summer). Laze on the lush green grass while you take in the mesmerising sights of the Eiffel Tower and feast on fresh pastries plus a cup of delicious coffee. If you’re travelling with children, Disneyland Paris is bound to leave a lasting impression on the whole family!

Malaysian passport holders may also choose to travel to France without the need to apply for the Schengen visa for visits up to 90 days until the end of 2020. For trips from 2021, Malaysians will need an ETIAS authorisation to visit France.

4. Germany

Located in Western Europe, Germany is where you should be to explore history, nature and architecture. For sheer grandeur, check out the Neuschwanstein Castle in southwest Bavaria, Germany, which was once built as a reclusive spot for the king. For a glimpse into its past, the Berlin Wall offers plenty of stories. However, to be truly amazed at the marvellous architecture in Germany, there’s no better place to do it than the Munich Residenz.

Malaysian passport holders may also choose to travel to Germany without the need to apply for the Schengen visa for visits up to 90 days until the end of 2020. For trips from 2021, Malaysians will need an ETIAS authorisation to visit Germany.

5. Norway

Famous for the fjords that are caused by glacial erosion, Norway is home to some of the most beautiful sights in the world. Within the capital of Norway, Oslo, there are plenty of museums within walking distance – one of the most famous museum being the Viking Ship Museum. Love your seafood? There is also plenty to enjoy as fish is largely integral to the Norwegian cuisine. Be sure to plan your trip beforehand because you shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to catch the Northern Lights.

Malaysian passport holders may also choose to travel to Norway without the need to apply for the Schengen visa for visits up to 90 days until the end of 2020. For trips from 2021, Malaysians will need an ETIAS authorisation to visit Norway.

6. Finland

Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus, will hold a charming and memorable surprise for you and your family. Photography and architecture lovers should head down to Luteran to behold the majestic sight of the Temppeliaukio Church (sometimes known as the Rock Church). In addition, Finland is famous for being the land of the midnight sun, where certain areas of the country enjoy 24 hours of sunlight, so you can play golf or travel on a scenic cruise even at midnight!

Malaysian passport holders may also choose to travel to Finland without the need to apply for the Schengen visa for visits up to 90 days until the end of 2020. For trips from 2021, Malaysians will need an ETIAS authorisation to visit Finland.

7. Italy

Italy is home to the city of love too, with Venice’s famous interconnected canals and romantic gondola rides. The Flavian Amphitheatre (also known as the Colosseum) is considered one of the greatest works of engineering and architecture and was once used to hold gladiatorial contests where tens of thousands of people could spectate. Of course, one of the best things to do in Italy is indulging in the local cuisine – fresh pizzas out of a stone oven alongside various types of pasta that most of us might not even be able to pronounce!

Malaysian passport holders may also choose to travel to Italy without the need to apply for the Schengen visa for visits up to 90 days until the end of 2020. For trips from 2021, Malaysians will need an ETIAS authorisation to visit Italy.

8. Austria

Blessed with stunning nature, Austria offers some of the best views across Europe. The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is the country’s highest surfaced mountain pass road, featuring beautiful snow-capped mountains for an utterly scenic drive. For those who do not wish to venture too far out of the capital, the Kunsthistorisches Museum that’s housed in a palatial building showcases fine art for all to appreciate.

Malaysian passport holders may also choose to travel to Austria without the need to apply for the Schengen visa for visits up to 90 days until the end of 2020. For trips from 2021, Malaysians will need an ETIAS authorisation to visit Austria.

Take in the beautiful sights of these Schengen nations and capture those memories (and photographs too, of course), for an unforgettable holiday of a lifetime. Be sure to book your flight, hotel and car rental with Skyscanner for the best deals, and download our free mobile app for easy browsing.

Information correct as of 31 July 2019, obtained from the official ETIAS website. Please always check the latest guidance at the official ETIAS website before booking a trip.

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