From March 6, all North Koreans have to apply for visa to enter Malaysia, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced today.
Zahid said the decision, to be gazetted soon, was made after considering that national security is a priority.
"I hope the decision of the Home Ministry will be implemented by the Immigration Department for the sake of national security," he told a press conference after the ministry's Excellent Service Award ceremony in Putrajaya.
Zahid said the decision to impose the visa was made in his capacity as the home minister.
Previously, citizens of North Korea and Malaysia only need to use their passports to enter the countries.