More western tourists expected as visa-on-arrival scheme takes effect on 1 Oct

Foreign tourists tour the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Photo: Soe Myint Aung
Foreign tourists tour the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Photo: Soe Myint Aung

Myanmar is giving visas on arrival to the tourists from six western countries— Italy, Germany, Russia, Australia, Switzerland and Spain, as the new scheme took effect on 1 October.
Officials from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said the number of inbound tourists is likely to surge thanks to this plan.
“More tourists from the six European countries are expected to visit Myanmar as they have been given visa on arrival access,” said U Naing Win, the director of Directorate of Hotels and Tourism in Yangon Region.
Ordinary passport holders from these six countries can apply for the visa on arrival at Yangon International Airport, Mandalay International Airport or Nay Pyi Taw International Airport.
While tourist arrivals from western countries slightly declined, the number of visitors from the above-mentioned countries is increasing in Myanmar.
Tourist arrival to Yangon Region has been nearly 700,000 up to October this year. — Pwint Thitsar (Translated by Aung Khin)

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