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Scores of Thais held for illegal entry in Tachileik

Myanmar authorities asked to help locate fugitives in major cases have detained 81 Thai nationals near the border with Chiang Rai province on charges of illegal entry. Thai authorities were in contact with their Myanmar conterparts to find out whether one of the men is Pannawit Prathum, who is wanted for the murder of a […]

Myanmar Suspends a Show Money Policy for Certain Visitors

A notice was released August 1, suspending the policy requiring that Japanese, Korean and Chinese tourists are to show $1,000 as a proof of funds. This change in policy came after the Ministry of Hotel, and Tourism faced opposition. Even coming from the tourism sector itself. The order was released on July 20, granting a […]

Illegal trade more rampant than before, govt measures not effective

Government efforts to prevent illegal border trade have not been effective or sufficient and counterfeit goods are still being smuggled into the country. In fact, things are worse than before. “Illegal trade can’t be controlled. Illegal trade is worse than before even though measures were taken to reopen some of the border gates by the […]

Chinese, Japanese, S. Koreans to Get Visas on Arrival from October

YANGON—Amid declining tourists numbers during the first half of the year, the government on Tuesday announced a plan to ease visa requirements for Japanese, South Korean and Chinese citizens effective Oct. 1. According to the Hotel and Tourism Ministry, citizens of Japan, South Korea and China will be able to request visas on arrival at […]

Air KBZ to Operate International Flights to Chiang Mai

Air KBZ plans to launch its first international route on 2 December, when it will begin thrice-weekly flights from Yangon to Chiang Mai, Thailand, said Assistant General Manager Daw Aye Mra Thar. The Myanmar airline planned to begin the new flight in November, but could not do so because of negotiations with Thailand authorities. A […]

New customs system scheduled for November

The government aims to have an automated cargo clearance system adopted by all customs departments in Yangon by November, before possibly extending the program to the country’s land border points, an official has told The Myanmar Times. The Myanmar Automated Cargo Clearance System (MACCS) is being rolled out between August and October, and will make moving […]

Real estate income tax to rise five-fold from April 1

Imposition of income taxes on real estate is set to rise five-fold starting from April 2016, according to the Tachileik Internal Revenue Department. “The Imposition of land tax on real estate and buildings is going to increase about five times over. It has already been discussed in parliament. As such, whether it’s the buying or […]

Phone smuggling booms

Mobile phones smuggling is on the rise and contraband worth around Ks3 billion has been confiscated in the last three years, according to the Prevention and Control of Illegal Trade Central Committee. There were many cases of smuggling across borders or bypassing the customs at Yangon International Airport by using dummy products, it reported. “Nowadays […]

New domestic airline to begin flights in March

A new domestic carrier, Apex Airlines, will be among the first in Myanmar to offer dynamic pricing when it starts flying next month, a senior company official says. Chief operations officer Selva Kumar said Apex’s first aircraft, an ATR 72-600, would arrive in Nay Pyi Taw in mid-February, with a launch planned for late March. […]

Dawei Economic Zone ‘Lacks Clarity’ as Another Thai Firm Claims Deal

A little-known private company based in Bangkok is the latest to lay claim to becoming the major electricity provider for the Dawei Special Economic Zone—a project to build a regional economic hub in southern Myanmar that has generated much talk, but little action. Andaman Power & Utility Company Limited says it has been chosen by […]