Foreign workers at Mon cement plant in hot water over registration

The Kyaikmaraw Immigration Department has charged five foreigners in the township with violating visa regulations after they failed to report 11 of their colleagues’ initial arrival to local immigration authorities. The five foreigners – four Chinese and one Thai citizen – are currently employed at Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL), a cement factory under construction in […]

Draft law on work permits for foreigners heads to attorney general

Foreigners working in Myanmar will soon need work permits, the labour ministry has announced, in a move that has been welcomed by businesses. The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population will submit a draft law to the attorney general later this month, deputy director general U Nyunt Win told The Myanmar Times yesterday. Though the […]

Foreigners can operate JV to trade in fertilizers, seeds, pesticides and hospital equipment

Foreigners have traditionally been restricted to doing service business and cannot be involved in trading. However the Ministry of Commerce has relaxed this requirements in the interest of the country as there is a critical need for expertise in the following areas: fertilizers insemination seeds pesticides hospital equipment Foreigners can trade in the above items […]

Property website calls for foreign condo ownership

The draft of the condominium bill should keep the foreigners’ rights to buy condominium flats with some restrictions, according to house.com.mm. The real estate website was responding to concerns that allowing foreigners to buy condominiums would lead to soaring prices. The bill has been in the drafting stage for more than a year and has […]

Myeik tourism hits 17-year high

Snorkelling resorts in the Myeik Archipelago attracted around 2,000 foreign visitors in the first four months of this year, according to the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Myeik Branch). Last year, tourism revenue in the area hit a 17-year high, Ks 57.99 million (US$57,991). Entry fees to Kawthoung District and Myeik District are $50 and […]

Developers hope Condo Law brings life back to market

Developers are pinning their hopes on completed Condominium Law this year to jumpstart the quiet property market. Foreigners are currently barred from buying condo units, though a draft of the law has said foreigners would be able to purchase units on the sixth floor or above, up to a maximum of 40 percent of the […]

Ministry processing first batch of PR applicants

Immigration officials have begun to process the first batch of applications for permanent residency. While an office set up in downtown Yangon has temporarily stopped answering enquiries or handing out application forms, they insist the process has not been suspended and an online version of the application is still available. Sixty applications – including 34 […]

Foreign workers in Myanmar should get business visa

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for foreigners planning to work in Myanmar. Many who work in the country for short periods obtain a tourist visa rather than a business visa when entering the country. The reason is simple — it’s much easier and less time-consuming than applying for a business visa. But in […]

Over 100 foreigners arrested for illegal logging in Myanmar

More than 100 foreigners, most of them Chinese, were arrested in northern Myanmar in a crackdown on illegal logging. The wire news agency quoted the army-run Myawaddy newspaper as reporting that a total of 142 people, including 102 foreigners, were arrested during a military operation against logging in restive Kachin state between January 2-4. Documents […]

Nearly 7,000 tourists use E-visa

Nearly 7,000 foreigners entered Myanmar using e-visas during the last two months, according to the Immigration Department at Yangon International Airport. The e-visa system was launched on September 1. From September 1 to November 1, it was used by 6,934 tourists. “Tourists from the United States used it the most,” said an official from the […]