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The news has been received that it has kicked off to permit Thai and other tourists to enter from Myawadi, Tharchilake, Kaukthaung and Hteekee border gates allotted with the mutual agreement of Thai and Myanmar as inter­national entry.

Tharchilake-Mae Sai, Myawadi-Mae Sot, Kauk­thaung-Yanaung and Hteekee-Phunaryon border gates which are Thai-Myan­mar border crossings are designated as international border gates.

Myanmar, Thai citizens and third citizens (citizens besides Myanmar and Thai citizens) with visa-on-ar­rival have been allowed to enter since August 28 morning.

“According to the current policy, six visa classifica­tions relating to interna­tional tourists entering country area are allowed. From three international entries at Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay, visa-on-arrival is permitted to 50 countries. But the visa-on-arrival is not let at these four gates. The dis­cussion to increase border areas to visit for tourists with BP.TBP (Border Pass, Temporary Border Pass) within two countries is underway between the two counterparts,” said Union Minister for Immigration, U Khm Yee at the Interna­tional border gates opening ceremony held at Friend­ship bridge in Myawady on 28 morning August.

The tourism industry would be booming speedily as tourists can enter across Kaukthaung borderline and Hteekee borderline in Thanintharyi and Myawady borderline in Kayin State and Tharchilake borderline in Shan State.

“We aim to promote trav­elling between two coun­tries and to arrange the flow of tourists to be easy and smooth,” said Union Minister for hotel and Tourism, U Htay Aung.

In the past, tourists who passed via border line gates were allowed to visit near border line city and neighbouring towns for one day or one week. But tourists passing this newly opened international border gates are let to visit other tourist destinations in Myanmar except restricted areas.

While allowing Thai citizens and third citizens with passport and visa, 28-days is granted for visit-visa and 70-day for work-visa. Fine will have to be paid for visa-expire.

After entering through these gates, visitors can leave from any official tour gates including Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay. Those who pass border gates to have visa and passport is a must. The fee will be collected depending on type of visa and duration for stay.

Source: The Traveller Journal