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New Minister was appointed to Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and new visa procedures are in place making travelers ever easier to get Visa on Arrival.

New Minister of Hotels and Tourism

New Minister of Hotels and Tourism - H.E Tint Hsan

The new Official Notice on Myanmar Visa on Arrival.

1. All Myanmar Visa on arrival has to apply before you arrive in Myanmar either via online or by fax.
2. Ministry of Tourism will be responsible for Myanmar Visa on arrival application.
3. Myanmar Visa on Arrival must be submitted through an authorized agent.
4. Travelers must buy a package from that agent with exact Hotel, Transport, Guide and travel plan mentioned.
5. Travelers must sign an agreement that there will be no involvement in such activity as meeting Aung San Suu Kyi nor Politics and Religion during his/her stay in Myanmar and that they will stick to the Plan mentioned in the Myanmar Visa on Arrival Application .

If you have any question, please send email to Myanmar Visa Website at

As Myanmar enhances air links with regional cities, visa on arrival will be allowed to all foreign nationalities on that flight.Xinhua
Updated: 2011-02-24 12:10:00

The Myanmar Airways International ( MAI) launched its maiden flight Wednesday between Yangon and Siem Reap (Angkor Wat), an ancient city of Cambodia, as part of its latest move in extending its flight to regional destinations.

The MAI will have biweekly flights on Wednesday and Saturday between the two cities.

The direct air link between Myanmar and Cambodia was prompted by a memorandum of understanding on promotion of tourism industry between the two countries during a trip of Myanmar Prime Minister U Thein Sein to Cambodia in November 2010 when the 4th Ayeyawady Chaophraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) summit and 5th CLMV Summit took place.

U Thein Sein then met with his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen in Phnom Penh and the two leaders expressed wishes to initiate direct flight between the two countries to boost cooperation in tourism.

Since 2007, Myanmar and Cambodia have been working in collaboration for realization of direct air link and visa exemption, aiming to promote tourism industry between the two countries.

The work plan includes diverting more tourists from Cambodia’s Siem Reap to Myanmar’s Bagan, both of which are tourist destinations of the two countries, as Siem Reap has developed a tourism market enough for such diversion.

About 500,000 world tourists visited Siem Reap annually from where more than 100,000 could be induced to Bagan, tourism officials anticipated.

Myanmar and Cambodia signed three agreements in October 1996 on tourism cooperation, air services and establishment of sister cities between Bagan (Myanmar) and Siem Reap (Cambodia).

At present, MAI operates with three airbus of A-320 and one airbus of A-321 to Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Gaya and another one airbus A-321 on Bangkok-Yangon and Bangkok-Singapore routes as reported.

The MAI further plans to extend flights to Guangzhou of China, Tokyo of Japan, Seoul of South Korea, New Delhi of India, Dubai of United Arab Emirate and Jakarta and Bali of Indonesia.

Of the planned new air routes, the Yangon-Guangzhou’s is scheduled for March.

If the air route is launched, the MAI will become another airline having flight service between Yangon and the China southern city after China’s Southern Airline.

Air Bus A-320 will be used in the twice-a-week flight service as reported.

The private-run MAI was once a joint venture set up by the state-run Myanmar Airways and a Singapore-based company in 1993.

In 2007, the Region Air of Hong Kong took over the stake from the Singapore’s with 49 percent held by it, while the remainder 51 percent possessed by the state-run Myanmar Airways.

In May 2010, a giant Myanmar private company group, Kanbawza, took over the MAI for continuous operation under the government’s privatization plan, buying up 80 percent stake of the airline with the remainder continued to be held by the government.

Besides the MAI flying internationally as Myanmar’s national flag carrier, there are also 13 foreign airlines flying Yangon which comprise Air China, China Southern Airline, Thai Airways International, Indian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Silk Air, Malaysian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Mandarin, Jetstar Asia, Phuket Airline, Thai Air Asia and Vietnam Airlines.

Of them, the Vietnam Airlines launched a direct flight service between Yangon and Ho Chi Minh City in addition to Yangon-Hanoi on November 15, 2010 to boost bilateral trade and tourism between Myanmar and Vietnam.

The new route operates thrice a week by Airbus A320 on Monday, Friday and Sunday.

Moreover, Mihin Lanka, an economic airline of Sri Linka, is reported to launch a direct flight between Colombo and Yangon in October this year.

Aimed at facilitating the passengers, the planned direct flight between the two destinations was prompted by a discussion between a Myanmar tourism company and the Mihin Lanka airline over the past months.

The Colombo-Gaya-Yangon-Colombo flight is being scheduled to be launched twice a week.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is also reported to re-launch a direct flight between Yangon and Karachi which has been suspended for a decade, aimed at facilitating the passengers.

The low-cost flight will be operated twice a week during pilgrimage season, hiring Boeing 747 aircraft.

In 1996 Visit Myanmar Year, PIA once launched its office in Yangon and started its first flight between Yangon and Karachi but stopped in 2001.

Traditionally, the Yangon international airport played a gateway in Myanmar’s international link.

The newly-built Nay Pyi Taw International Airport, which is nearing completion, is scheduled to open next month and will be put into use initially for accommodating domestic flight.

The new airport in the new capital will be in place for use for international flight by the end of this year, according to aviation officials.

As the existing Nay Pyi Taw international airport has limitations for taking off and landing of bigger aircraft and for other services, it is being upgraded to meet international standard.