NAY PYI TAW, 30 January 2015: Myanmar’s e-Visa facility will be extended to cover four checkpoints on the border with Thailand, in the near future, a reliable source close to the service provider told TTR Weekly.
Myanmar’s minister of Immigration and Police, Khin Yi, visited the e-Visa booth, Wednesday, on an inspection tour of ATF’s TRAVEX.
TTR Weekly asked the minister if the e-Visa would be extended to cover business visitors, particularly MICE visitors in the near future.
He was non-committal, but noted that the present rules allowed business visitors to apply for a visa-on-arrival at the country’s three international airports.
Some airlines are reluctant to accept travellers who have only an invitation letter to support their claim that they are eligible for a visa-on-arrival.
Airlines recommend that business visitors obtain a visa in advance from the nearest embassy.
However, the Minister of Immigration and Police stated that he recommended business travellers to apply for a visa-on-arrival saying that was the most convenient way.
He declined to elaborate on whether visitors attending conventions or exhibitions would be eligible to apply for e-Visas in the future.
It is understood the long-term objective is to offer travellers the e-Visa option for almost all categories of travel.
The four overland border checkpoints that will be valid for e-Visa entry have yet to be announced, but it is understood they would include Thakilek (Mae Sai), Myawaddy (Mae Sot) and Kawthoung (Ranong).
The e-Visa is valid for entry at three international airports; Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. It costs USD50 using a credit card (Mastercard, Visa or American Express).
Source: TTR Weekly