Thailand, Myanmar agree on mutual visa-free travel

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Thailand and Myanmar signed an agreement on July 28 to allow citizens with ordinary passports to make visa-free travel of up to 14 days, provided they arrive on an international flight. The new regulation will take effect on August 11.

An agreement for mutual visa-free travel was agreed upon by the Yingluck Shinawatra government in October 2013, but not ratified. After a military coup in May 2014 it was placed on the back burner. The new agreement is slightly different, according to a Cabinet document released after its approval.

The agreement also allows either side to cancel the agreement in writing via diplomatic channels. The cancellation would become effective after 90 days, the same time frame stated in the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Visa Exemption. The previous agreement provided for only a 60-days cancellation deadline.

However, it could be suspended temporarily for security or health reasons 15 days after written notification is given via diplomatic channels

The agreement will apply to Myanmar travelers arriving in Thailand at 23 airports across the country, in principle. However, in practice Myanmar citizens are limited to flights operating to Thailand and that means then can obtain the visa-free stay at first points of entry at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang airports in Bangkok and Chiang Mai airport only.

Thai travelers can obtain visa-free entry at Myanmar’s three international airports in Naypyitaw, Yangon and Mandalay. There are currently seven airlines flying between the two countries.

Myanmar already allows citizens of Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei and the Philippines visa-free entry. Once Thailand signs off on visa-free travel, Myanmar will still need to negotiate bilateral agreements with Singapore and Malaysia to complete its commitment to the charter on freedom to travel of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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Thailand and Myanmar signed an agreement on July 28 to allow citizens with ordinary passports to make visa-free travel of up to 14 days, provided they arrive on an international flight. The new regulation will take effect on August 11.

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Myanmar and Vietnam agreed visa exemption between two countries
Picture: Lynn Bo Bo

Thailand and Myanmar signed an agreement on July 28 to allow citizens with ordinary passports to make visa-free travel of up to 14 days, provided they arrive on an international flight. The new regulation will take effect on August 11.

An agreement for mutual visa-free travel was agreed upon by the Yingluck Shinawatra government in October 2013, but not ratified. After a military coup in May 2014 it was placed on the back burner. The new agreement is slightly different, according to a Cabinet document released after its approval.

The agreement also allows either side to cancel the agreement in writing via diplomatic channels. The cancellation would become effective after 90 days, the same time frame stated in the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Visa Exemption. The previous agreement provided for only a 60-days cancellation deadline.

However, it could be suspended temporarily for security or health reasons 15 days after written notification is given via diplomatic channels

The agreement will apply to Myanmar travelers arriving in Thailand at 23 airports across the country, in principle. However, in practice Myanmar citizens are limited to flights operating to Thailand and that means then can obtain the visa-free stay at first points of entry at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang airports in Bangkok and Chiang Mai airport only.

Thai travelers can obtain visa-free entry at Myanmar’s three international airports in Naypyitaw, Yangon and Mandalay. There are currently seven airlines flying between the two countries.

Myanmar already allows citizens of Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei and the Philippines visa-free entry. Once Thailand signs off on visa-free travel, Myanmar will still need to negotiate bilateral agreements with Singapore and Malaysia to complete its commitment to the charter on freedom to travel of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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