REPORTED BY STAFF REPORTER TRANSLATED AND EDITED BY WIN HTUT+ MYA
With respect to Myanmar’s visa on arrival for the international tourists, plans are being made to provide the visa on arrival for almost ten countries through close and careful examination, it was learnt.
“Entry visa will not be required in 2012. The number of tourist arrivals may reach to about 2 million when AFTA takes effect in 2015. For that reason, it is necessary to prepare for the basic structures in the country. There is also a plan to provide the visa on arrival phase by phase. It is sure to provide visa on arrival for nearly ten countries,” said U Thet Lwin Toe, Vice-President of Myanmar Travel Association.
For the world tourists from the countries where Myanmar’s embassy is not opened, the travel companies resumed to practice the system of applying for a visa through the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism as of third week of May.
This system was practiced up to the first week of May 2010. The visas on arrivals that are not required to arrange in advance were issued at Yangon International Airport and Mandalay TadaU International Airport in the first week of May 2010.
The issuance of visa on arrival was temporarily suspended in September 2010. Instead of applying for a visa at the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, application must be submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs. At present, the system of applying for a visa through the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is being resumed.
“The number of world tourist arrivals may rise if all the countries grant free visa program in 2012. Laos and Myanmar have already agreed on issuance of visa on arrival. If there is no need to apply for a visa, the world tourist arrivals will rise,” said U Maung Maung Swe, Chairman of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association.
“Asian tourists are 60 or 65 percent of all arrivals to Myanmar. If the tourists from these countries could enjoy free visa, the number of world tourist can be more than now,” added U Maung Maung Swe.
At present, visas on arrival have been accorded to the tourist coming from Guangzhou and Siem Reap flights launched by MAI (Myanma Airways International).
Visas are available in the countries where Myanmar embassy is functioning. Difficulties are found for the travelers from the countries having no Myanmar embassy. If all the countries practice and issue visa on arrival at the same time, it can be beneficial to the International tourists, said travel entrepreneurs.