Sales slow but ministers optimistic on Mandalay jade market

Mandalay jade sellers are still resisting moving to a new market due to open in August. Only a small percentage of apartments at the market have been sold, although the regional mining minister says he believes the market will be a success. Over 2000 apartments will be available at the new market facility, but just […]

Myanmar introduces new visa regulations

MYANMAR’s Ministry of Immigration and Population announced yesterday new visa regulations effective immediately. Under the new system, there are 12 types of entry visas: Diplomatic; official; tourist; social; journalist; crew; workshop; business; employment; religious; educational; and transit. The diplomatic visa is free and the duration offered is based on the length of duty required. The […]

Poor aviation infrastructure hinders Myanmar’s aviation potential

Slow improvement in aviation infrastructure remains the biggest hurdle that Myanmar must overcome if it is to cash in on the Asean Open Skies or even pursue its dream to become an aviation hub in Asia. At the Myanmar Civil Aviation Development Conference in March 2014, Transport Minister Nyan Htun Aung announced Myanmar’s vision “that […]

E-visa drives out visas on arrival

The number of foreigners using visas on arrival has been declining after the introduction of e-visa system, according to the Immigration Department. The e-visa system was launched on September 1, 2014 for 41 countries, most of which are in Asia. On October 2, 24 more countries were included in the programme, including several European countries. […]

World solar flight to make stopover in Myanmar next month

World solar flight to make stopover in Myanmar next month YANGON, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) — The first around-the-world solar flight, Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), is expected to make a stopover in Mandalay, the second largest city of Myanmar on March 10, official media reported Wednesday. Scheduled to stay for three day at Mandalay International Airport, […]

Mandalay airport, jetty on radar for illegal imports

Mobile inspection teams will expand to Mandalay International Airport and Gaw Wein Jetty next month, according to the Central Committee for Preventing and Controlling Illegal Trade. “We’ve prepared everything for inspections. We will start from October,” said Lan San Oo, the official who oversees international airports for the mobile teams. Although it was previously announced […]

SilkAir to Launch Mandalay-Singapore Direct Flight

MANDALAY — Leading regional airline SilkAir is schedule to fly its first direct flight from Mandalay to Singapore on June 10, the Singapore-based carrier said. “As Myanmar opens up, the economy develops and people traveling between Myanmar and Singapore are increasing,” Lim Wei Peng, general manager of SilkAir’s office in Burma, said during a promotional […]

The aviation sector takes off

Myanmar’s civil aviation sector is on the brink of explosive growth with the number of seats and carriers rising and infrastructure being upgraded. Myanmar is the most under-served aviation market in Southeast Asia. The numbers speak for themselves. Only Brunei and Laos have fewer airline seats per capita. Myanmar has a population of 52 million, […]

New Bids Force Further Delay for Myanmar Airport Work: Official

YANGON — Work on the US$1.1 billion Hanthawaddy International Airport in Myanmar faces additional delays because the four short-listed competitors for the job will have to submit new bids because of “a major change in project policy,” a senior Transport Ministry official told Reuters. “Our government has agreed to seek ODA [official development assistance] for […]

Myanmar sends back extradited Chinese citizens after their re-entry

MANDALAY—Myanmar authorities have returned six Chinese citizens who were found to have re-entered the country via Mandalay International Airport after being extradited to China for violating visa rules, according to a government official. The director of Mandalay Region’s Immigration and National Registration Department said the Chinese citizens in question were blacklisted for violating visa rules […]