Myanmar rolls out VOA for Indian nationals

India nationals can now enter Myanmar with visa-on-arrival (VOA) at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw International Airports, as part of the Myanmar government’s move to facilitate easier access for tourists visiting the country.

With VOA, passport holders are not require to obtain pre-arranged approval, and can apply for a visa which will be granted instantly. The fees for the visa on arrival is US$50.

In early October, Chinese nationals from the mainland were also granted VOA into Myanmar, while tourists from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau were granted visa-free entry.

The visa relaxation measures were granted in a move to attract more Asian tourism into Myanmar, which this year saw a sharp drop in arrivals from key European markets.

In a statement, Myanmar Tourism Marketing (MTM) reiterated that although 2018 has been a challenging year for the destination, hopes are high that “tourism will bring positive change to this culturally diverse nation”.

May Myat Mon Win, MTM chairperson, commented: “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 do call to tourists from all over the world to continue visiting Myanmar.”

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