E-visa available to tourists, business visitors at three border crossings from today

ELECTRONIC visas for tourists and business visitors will be allowed at the Myanmar-Thailand border crossings in Tachilek, Myawady and Kawthaung as of today according to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population on Tuesday. Further information is available on the website http:// www.evisa.moip.gov.mm. The Ministry began e-visa services for tourists entering the country via Yangon […]

MOEAF members sign code of conduct

As controversy continues to swirl around allegations that the Myanmar government was condoning the “legal trafficking” of migrant workers to overseas jobs, it has emerged that more than 100 employment agencies have signed up to a new code of conduct. Earlier this month, Thai and Myanmar labour officials vowed to take actionagainst activist organisations that had accused them […]

Govt to hold press conferences on its 100-day undertakings

The government will hold press conferences on its 100-day undertakings in Nay Pyi Taw, the Ministry of Information said yesterday. The press conference will begin today with four ministries—the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Border Affairs and Ministry of Electricity and Energy —giving briefings and answering media questions. The schedules are subject to change […]

Registration cards to be issued to Myanmar domestic helpers in foreign countries

REGISTRATION cards will be issued to Myanmar migrants who are illegally working as domestic helpers in neighbouring countries and others according to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. Union Minister U Thein Swe said that the issuance of registration cards to Myanmar domestic workers is aimed at enabling them to enjoy legal protection of […]

Eight overseas employment agencies face legal charges

EIGHT local overseas employment agencies have been charges by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population as they fail to abide by the ministry’s rules. Three agencies have had their operations suspended. A total of 253 overseas employment agencies have been registered in the country. Action is being taken against agencies which have been found […]

Wiping the slate clean

A TOTAL of 619 people were removed from the previous government’s blacklist yesterday, said Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe. At the press conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday The Union minister confirmed that there were 248 locals and 371 foreigners who were erased from the blacklist, and that scrutinising is […]

The fight against child labour begin at home

Good news this week that the government is promising to clamp down on the use of child labour in the workplace. But while drawing attention to the exploitation of children under the age of 14 by businesses is welcome, the issue of child workers in private homes all too often remains hidden. As is common in later […]

Malaysia visa scheme negotiations hit snag

Taking a page out of the workers’ union book, overseas recruiters have found their boycott paid off. A moratorium on sending workers to Malaysia was launched after revisions to the scheme jumped the visa price and allowed a functional monopoly by funneling all applications through a single agency. Yesterday, the feuding parties managed to negotiate […]

SMART Myanmar launches 2nd phase of European Union funded project

SMART Myanmar held a kick-off launch event on 19 January at the UMFCCI with approximately 200 guests from factories, embassies and other stakeholders, according to a press release on the 20 January. More than 200 guests gathered at the UMFCCI on Tuesday to listen to speeches by the Ambassador of the European Union, Mr. Roland […]

Tax documents no barrier to business visas

Foreign nationals will not have to provide tax documents to receive either a business or an employment visa, according to immigration officials, although new regulations had indicated this would be necessary. The new regulations, which came into force on January 11, also altered who is eligible to apply to enter Myanmar under a business visa. […]