Oct 24, 2011

Myanmar to grant visa-on-arrival for visitors from regional countries

Myanmar authorities will grant visa-on-arrival for visitors from some regional countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos entering the country through Yangon and Mandalay international airports as well as Tachileik border point after such visa was suspended in September 2010, a local media reported Monday.

Foreign visitors from countries where there is no Myanmar embassy are to apply for the visa-on-arrival through Myanmar Ministry of Hotel and Tourism, the Biweekly Eleven said.

Meanwhile, four-countries-one-destination system is being coordinated for introduction by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Moreover, six countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)-- China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam will finalize the introduction of a single visa system in November which applies to all member countries.

The finalization is expected to be made at a travel show in the ancient city of Bagan, organized by the tourism working group of GMS.

Myanmar, a member of the six-country GMS, has worked for closer economic ties together with other members of the grouping.

According to official statistics, Myanmar has secured 469,457 tourist arrivals in the first seven months of 2011.

A total of 791,505 tourists arrived through Yangon, Mandalay international airports and border points in 2010.

Source: Xinhua