Visas on arrival getting more popular at Yangon International Airport

More than 70,000 visitors obtained visas on arrival at Yangon International Airport during the first eight months of the year, according to the immigration department.

“From January to August of this year, a total of 74,503 foreign visitors entered the country with visas on arrival at Yangon International Airport,” an immigration spokesperson said. “Chinese nationals topped the list with Japanese nationals coming second.”

Tourists and business visas are available on arrival, but there are some restrictions. Most airlines will not allow passengers to fly to Yangon without a visa, or documents entitling them to apply for a business visa on arrival. Myanmar began issuing business visas on arrival for nationals from 26 countries on June 1 2012, and expanded the list to include nationals from another 22 countries – mostly European countries – on February 1, 2013.

From June 1, 2013 to August 31 of this year, at least 130,000 visitors obtained visas on arrival, immigration data shows.

Myanmar also introduced an e-visa scheme on September 1.


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