Myanmar widens visa-free relaxation scheme to HK, Macau

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Myanmar’s growing list of visa-exempt Asian nationalities now includes Hong Kong and Macau, the most recent additions after Japan and South Korea.

Since October 1, passport holders from Hong Kong and Macau can board a plane to visit Myanmar without making any prior visa arrangements. On arrival, no payment or proof of pre-arrangements is needed, according to a statement from Myanmar Tourism Marketing (MTM).

Yangon city with Shwedagon Pagoda in the background

The government will also grant Chinese nationals from mainland China for visas-on-arrival (VOA) at Yangon International Airport, Mandalay International Airport and Nay Pyi Taw International Airport, at a fee of US$50.

In early September, the government allowed all nationalities to enter Myanmar through the two overland borders, Tamu and Rih Khaw Dar, and continue to travel overland to Thailand using any of the four borders.

The entry visa through these borders can be approved within three days, MTM says.

Overland travellers who want to pass through Myanmar with their own motorised vehicle still need to apply for a caravan permit with the Ministry of Hotel & Tourism.

The above visas are all valid for 30 days, extendable at an immigration office within the country, or at a US$3/ day fee for overstay.

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