Myanmar opens VOA to Indian tourists

YANGON, 13 December 2018: The Myanmar government has introduced a new regulation that makes it easier for Indian tourists to visit the country.

Effective 1 December Indian nationals can now enter Myanmar using the visa-on-arrival (VOA) channel at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports.

This means  Indian passport holders do not need to seek pre-arranged approval.  They can apply for a visa, which will be granted instantly at the airport on payment of the USD50 fee.The timing coincides with the visit of the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, who commenced his visit to Myanmar on Monday, 11 December.

Last October, Japanese, South Koreans, Hong Kong and Macau residents were granted visa-free entry and Chinese nationals were granted visas-on-arrival (VOA) status a move that has encouraged more Asian tourists to visit the country.

“We do hope that all these new regulations to ease access to Myanmar, will lead to more travellers from around the world to discover Myanmar’s culture, nature and most of all the hospitality of the people,” said Myanmar Tourism Marketing chairperson, May Myat Mon Win.

Earlier this month, Twitter co-founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey, visited Myanmar to celebrate his birthday by observing 10 days of silent Vipassana meditation in the country.

During his visit to Myanmar – in a series of tweets, Dorsey said: “Myanmar is an absolutely beautiful country. The people are full of joy and the food is amazing”

Myanmar Tourism Marketing said it welcomed Dorsey’s visit and his words of encouragement.

Although 2018 has been a challenging year for Myanmar Tourism, there are hopes that tourism will now make a comeback.

“We continue to believe that tourism is a good way to connect people and to bring development and peace all over the country for any race or religion, and we urge tourists from all over the world to continue visiting Myanmar,” said May Myat Mon Win.