written by Phyo Zaw at 11-Oct-2018
Myanmar will start granting visa-free entry to tourists from Japan
and South Korea in October to attract more visitors from Asia – but
travellers from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau will still have to
pay US$50 for visas upon arrival.
Despite the fee, Myanmar’s
government is easing visa requirements for Chinese tourist groups,
seeing a potential for growth in their number, said Myo Win Nyunt, a
director of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Last week, the
ministry sent a notification to the Union of Myanmar Travel Association
to inform it of the new visa rules, which will begin on October 1 as a
Japanese and South Korean travellers will be
allowed visa-free entry by air and land, while tourists from China,
including Hong Kong and Macau, will be able to enter with a visa granted
on arrival for US$50 per person at airports in Yangon, Mandalay and
Naypyidaw. Chinese travellers previously had to apply for visas in
How a massive influx of Chinese migrants has changed Myanmar’s second-largest city Mandalay
to the notification, tourists will be required to possess at least
US$1,000 in cash. But the ministry was considering accepting credit
cards or other means to check their financial standing, the director
According to the ministry’s data, the number of Japanese
visitors to the Southeast Asian country, including those on business
trip and for other purposes, has steadily increased in recent years,
topping the 100,000 mark in 2016.
In 2017, nearly 101,500 Japanese
visited Myanmar, up 0.7 per cent year-on-year, ranking third by
nationality after Thais and Chinese and accounting for 7.5 per cent of
the 1.36 million visitors in total. Visitors from Asian countries
accounted for 70 per cent of the total.
ref : South China Morning Post