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Tour operators barely surviving due to “incredibly shaky” demand

Small tour operators are on the verge of collapse as market demand in the tourism sector took a hit among Western visitors, as bookings for the impending peak season are “incredibly shaky”, according to a local company. In addition, hopes on wooing Asian investors were dashed by the now-abandoned “$1,000 in cash per tourist” entry […]

Government drafting policy on exporting maids

The Myanmar Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population is currently drafting a policy regarding sending Myanmar workers abroad, Minister U Thein Swe told The Myanmar Times on International Labour Day on Tuesday. “We will send domestic workers abroad according to our new policy,” the minister said. He added that the ministry is committed to assisting […]

How Prepared Is Myanmar To Counter Terror Attacks?

Concern is growing about possible terrorist attacks in Myanmar, and questions are being asked about the government’s ability to counter such threats. We are not talking about the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) terrorists who provoked retaliatory operations from the military by staging attacks against security forces, innocent civilians, ethnic tribespeople and Hindus in northern […]

Tourist visa-on-arrival no longer issued by Myanmar immigration

Malaysian tourists heading to Myanmar must obtain a visa before travelling out of the country as the policy of visas-on-arrival has been discontinued. Speaking to FMT, a visa officer attached to the Myanmar embassy in Malaysia said Myanmar suspended the policy of visas-on-arrival for all tourists from all countries “a few months ago” and that […]

Myanmar migrant workers to get 5-year Malaysian work visas

The Malaysian government has agreed to issue five-year work permits to Myanmar migrant workers beginning on March 1, the Myanmar embassy in Malaysia announced on February 29. Undocumented migrant workers in Malaysia will be divided in three groups for the visa-issuing process. The first group, A-1, is for those who had temporary work permits that […]

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 […]