Myanmar’s e-visas take off, more nationalities to be included

FOLLOWING yesterday’s roll-out of an e-visa system for arrivals through Yangon International Airport, the Ministry of Immigration and Population will expand the scheme to include other airports and nationalities.

Speaking at the official launch at Parkroyal Yangon, minister of immigration and population, Khin Ye, shared: “We ran the beta version of the e-visa website since early last month and until now we have issued over 500 tourist visas. We hope this new facility will attract more tourists to visit our country.”

Khin Ye elaborated that under the new system, applicants will receive a reply within one hour, and processing time will take a maximum of five working days. No refunds of the US$50 visa fee will be made if the application is not approved.

Visas obtained through are valid for 28 days, and the approval letter valid for three months from the date of issue.

On future plans for the e-visa system, Khin Ye said the ministry will look at opening it to travellers from more countries, especially European Union nations, and grant e-visas for arrivals through Mandalay and Naypyidaw airports.

The ministry is also considering offering business visas through a similar system. Currently travellers from 51 countries can apply for business visas on arrival at Yangon International Airport.

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