As a new approach in Tourism in order to increase the footfall and engagement into a destination, Myanmar government is introducing new regulations to facilitate easier access as an advancement towards opening up the country to the world, and tourism.
The destination with visa-free arrivals, waived fees, no paperwork and quick processing at Immigration ports calls for more tourism as people tend to avoid the hassle persisting in a travel itinerary. As Thailand has already started with the aforementioned progress, the possibilities of foreigner traveling have increased tremendously.
This week, tourists from about six countries i.e Switzerland, Spain, Russia, Australia, Germany and Italy will be able to enter Myanmar on visa-on-arrival. 3 airports namely at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw International Airports the visa-on-arrival process is open. The process is great as the pre-arrangement for Visa is not required for passport holders of these mentioned six countries, they can simply apply for a visa at any of the three airports with a fee of US$50 per person.
Last year, the visitors from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau were granted visa-free entry. In a move to draw more Asian visitors to Myanmar, tourists from India and mainland Chinese nationals were also granted visa-on-arrival into Myanmar.
After granting visa-free and visa-on-arrival regulation, Myanmar saw an increase in arrivals in the second quarter.
Chairperson of Myanmar Tourism Marketing, May Myat Mon Win, said: “We hope the new regulation will lead to more foreign travelers to Myanmar, to discover the country’s unique culture and most of all, the hospitality of its people.”
“Visa-free and visa on arrival entry from these Western countries would further boost the growth of the Myanmar tourism industry.”
As Myanmar Tourism Marketing is organizing roadshows, trade shows and media familiarisation trips for journalists, TV producers, and digital marketing influencers from around the world, a lot of increase in tourists is highly anticipated.
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