Myanmar grants visa-on-arrival to six selected countries

Myanmar Grants Visa-on-arrival To Six Selected Countries

Myanmar will grant visa-on-arrival to six more countries beginning on October 1 as a relaxation of restrictions on entry into the country in order to boost tourism, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism announced.

The six countries are Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and Australia. Currently, only passport holders from China and India are eligible to obtain a visa-on-arrival.

Visitors from these countries will be allowed to enter through three international airports – Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw – as well as some designated border gates by paying $50 as visa fee, said the statement released on June 1. They will be allowed to enter the country only with a tourist visa, and the there is no extension of the visa-on-arrival.

The move is seen as an attempt to attract more visitors from Europe in the season beginning in October when tourist arrivals are usually starting to grow. The number of tourists from Europe was on the decrease during the first four months of this year at 76,736, down by two per cent from the same period last year. One of the reasons of lower European visitor numbers seems to be the Rohingya crisis in the country.

Currently, all ASEAN nations except Malaysia are visa-exempt to enter Myanmar. On October 1, 2018, Myanmar further granted tourist visa exemptions for those who hold ordinary passports of Japan, South Korea and China’s autonomous regions Hong Kong and Macau.

The majority of other countries is eligible for e-visas for tourism and partly also for business which are issued online for a fee of $50 for a single-entry tourist visa and $70 for a business visa normally within three business days.

Passport holders of most Arab and African countries and some Caribbean and Latin American countries have to present an embassy-issued visa upon entry in Myanmar.

In the first four months of 2019, the number of tourist arrivals in Myanmar hit over 1.5 million, a 23-per cent increase compared to the same period last year. In addition, the number of Chinese tourist arrivals increased by 135 per cent, Korean tourist arrivals by 89 per cent and Japanese tourist arrivals by 24 per cent, according to the figures from Myanmar’s immigration department.

China topped the list of tourist arrivals with 212,419, followed by Thailand with 97,116, South Korea with 45,244, Japan with 43,708, US with 26,595, France with 20,045, Singapore with 18,152, Vietnam, 17,980, India with 16,020 and Malaysia with 14,637.

Yangon, Mandalay and Shan State see the highest inflow of tourists. The number of tourist arrivals hit 4.6 million in 2015, 2.91 million in 2016, 3.44 million in 2017 and 3.55 million in 2018.

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Myanmar will grant visa-on-arrival to six more countries beginning on October 1 as a relaxation of restrictions on entry into the country in order to boost tourism, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism announced. The six countries are Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and Australia. Currently, only passport holders from China and India are eligible to obtain a visa-on-arrival. Visitors from these countries will be allowed to enter through three international airports – Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw – as well as some designated border gates by paying $50 as visa fee, said the statement released on June 1. They will...

Myanmar Grants Visa-on-arrival To Six Selected Countries

Myanmar will grant visa-on-arrival to six more countries beginning on October 1 as a relaxation of restrictions on entry into the country in order to boost tourism, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism announced.

The six countries are Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and Australia. Currently, only passport holders from China and India are eligible to obtain a visa-on-arrival.

Visitors from these countries will be allowed to enter through three international airports – Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw – as well as some designated border gates by paying $50 as visa fee, said the statement released on June 1. They will be allowed to enter the country only with a tourist visa, and the there is no extension of the visa-on-arrival.

The move is seen as an attempt to attract more visitors from Europe in the season beginning in October when tourist arrivals are usually starting to grow. The number of tourists from Europe was on the decrease during the first four months of this year at 76,736, down by two per cent from the same period last year. One of the reasons of lower European visitor numbers seems to be the Rohingya crisis in the country.

Currently, all ASEAN nations except Malaysia are visa-exempt to enter Myanmar. On October 1, 2018, Myanmar further granted tourist visa exemptions for those who hold ordinary passports of Japan, South Korea and China’s autonomous regions Hong Kong and Macau.

The majority of other countries is eligible for e-visas for tourism and partly also for business which are issued online for a fee of $50 for a single-entry tourist visa and $70 for a business visa normally within three business days.

Passport holders of most Arab and African countries and some Caribbean and Latin American countries have to present an embassy-issued visa upon entry in Myanmar.

In the first four months of 2019, the number of tourist arrivals in Myanmar hit over 1.5 million, a 23-per cent increase compared to the same period last year. In addition, the number of Chinese tourist arrivals increased by 135 per cent, Korean tourist arrivals by 89 per cent and Japanese tourist arrivals by 24 per cent, according to the figures from Myanmar’s immigration department.

China topped the list of tourist arrivals with 212,419, followed by Thailand with 97,116, South Korea with 45,244, Japan with 43,708, US with 26,595, France with 20,045, Singapore with 18,152, Vietnam, 17,980, India with 16,020 and Malaysia with 14,637.

Yangon, Mandalay and Shan State see the highest inflow of tourists. The number of tourist arrivals hit 4.6 million in 2015, 2.91 million in 2016, 3.44 million in 2017 and 3.55 million in 2018.

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