The Myanmar government has granted visa-on-arrival for visitors from six more countries including Italy, Spain, Russia, Switzerland, Germany and Australia.
The visitors from these six countries, who hold the ordinary passports, will get Myanmar visa-on-arrival at Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw International Airport for one year with effect from October 1, 2019.
The new regulations have been introduced to facilitate easier access as a step towards opening up the country to the world and tourism.
According to media reports, the visa will be valid for those who have the sole purpose of visiting the country only.
As per the new policy, pre-arrangement is not required for passport holders of these six countries.
They can simply apply for Myanmar visa-on-arrival at US$50 at any of the three international airports in the country, say reports.
The tourists will be allowed to stay in the country for maximum 30 days.
The tourists will not be allowed to extend the period of their visa.
If anyone wants to visit Myanmar, the required terms and conditions for visa on arrival are:
A valid passport not expiring for at least 6 months from the date one enters Myanmar.
A visitor will have to bring with him or her two recent (4 cm x 6 cm) colour photographs taken within the past six months.
The visitor will have to provide the email address, detailed information about his or her accommodation in Myanmar.
Visa, Master, or JCB credit cards can be used for payment.
The tourists are required to abide by the decision of the ‘On Arrival Visa’ scrutiny and issuing team.
According to reports, last year, visitors from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau were granted visa-free entry into Myanmar.
In a move to draw more Asian visitors to the country, Indian and mainland Chinese nationals were also granted visas-on-arrival into Myanmar.
The Thaiger report quoted May Myat Mon Win, chairperson of Myanmar Tourism Marketing as saying: “We hope the new regulation will lead to more foreign travellers to Myanmar, to discover the country’s unique culture and most of all, the hospitality of its people.”