Feb 2, 2012

Myanmar to introduce e-visa system next month

Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will introduce online electronic e-visa system in February on pilot run aimed at facilitating the foreign travelers who want to visit Myanmar and promoting the number of tourists arrival in the country, local media reported Tuesday.
The ministry has started to install internet lines at the Information Departments of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Immigration and Population, the Yangon Times said.
The move will facilitate world visitors in countries where no Myanmar embassy is set up.
Some airlines arranged visa-on-arrival for visitors from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
Myanmar regranted the visa-on-arrival of its kind, which was halted in September, 2010 ahead of the country's general election in November the same year.
Meanwhile, the number of tourists arrival at Myanmar's Yangon International Airport reached 359,359 in 2011.
Myanmar is implementing a plan to extend and upgrade the Yangon International Airport to an international one capable of handling 3.8 million passengers a year and to give full service necessary to attain the standard of an international airport.
There are six domestic airlines in Myanmar including one state- owned, which is the Myanmar Airways, and five private-run -- Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Air Bagan, Asian Wings and Kanbawza.
There is also another Myanmar international airline, the Myanmar Airways International (MAI), flying solely some foreign destinations.
Besides the MAI, which flies internationally as Myanmar's national flag carrier, there are also 13 foreign airlines flying Yangon which comprise Air China, China Southern Airline, China Eastern Airlines, Thai Airways International, Indian Airlines, Air Asia, Taiwan region's China airlines, Silk Air, Malaysian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Jetstar Asia, Thai Air Asia and Vietnam Airlines.

Source: Xinhua