Myanmar Extends Visa-Free Entry for 4 Countries

YANGON, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) – Myanmar has recently announced an extension of its visa-free entry policy for visitors with diplomatic and special passports from four additional countries. 

soccer player in soccer field in front of the Yadana Man Aung Pagoda in the town of Nyaungshwe at the Inle Lake in the Shan State in the east of Myanmar in Southeastasia.

This decision is part of a broader effort to strengthen diplomatic ties and boost tourism between Myanmar and these nations. Here are the key details:

Eligible Countries

The four new countries included in this visa exemption policy are:

  • Belarus
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • Japan

Diplomatic and Special Passport Holders

The extension applies to visitors holding diplomatic and special passports from the mentioned countries. 

Two travelers passports red and blue with boarding passes for the plane. Travel concept

These individuals can now enter Myanmar without a visa, enjoying stays that range from 30 to 90 days.

Reciprocal Visa Agreement

This move is a result of a reciprocal Myanmar visa agreement between Myanmar and the aforementioned countries. 

The agreement not only facilitates diplomatic relations but also promotes tourism by simplifying the entry process for travelers.

Existing Eligible Countries

In addition to the newly added nations, Myanmar already offers visa exemption to passport holders from various countries. These countries include:

  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • India
  • South Korea
  • North Korea
  • Mongolia
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Tourism Boost

U Hla Myint, the deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism in Myanmar, believes that measures like visa-free entry and visa-on-arrival will contribute to a significant increase in tourist arrivals in the country. 

This policy change aligns with Myanmar’s efforts to expand its tourism industry.

Tourism Statistics

According to the Ministry of Tourism, Myanmar has attracted a total of 751,216 international tourists in the first eight months of 2023. This figure reflects the country’s growing appeal as a tourist destination.Myanmar’s decision to extend visa-free entry to these four countries is expected to further enhance diplomatic relations and attract more tourists, contributing to the nation’s economy and cultural exchange efforts.

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