Visa-on-arrival system introduced to foreign tourists for convenient travels

Among the ASEAN countries, Myanmar, known for its rich ancient cultural heritage, ecotourism areas, and recreational beaches, has been receiving international tourists since the resumption of its tourism sector after the Covid-19 period.
To promote Myanmar’s tourism sector, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, in collaboration with the Myanmar Tourism Federation, the Myanmar Hoteliers Association, the Myanmar Tourism Operators Association, and other affiliated organizations, is taking the initiative to boost tourism industry. In 2023, over 1.2 million foreign tourists visited Myanmar, with most heading to the Bagan Ancient Cultural Zone.
“There are still fewer tourists in Myanmar’s tourism sector compared to the period before Covid-19. Therefore, we are all making efforts to promote our Myanmar tourism sector. The key is to showcase the beauty and nature of Myanmar. Since the majority of visitors come from neighbouring countries, we offer the fastest visa-on-arrival system for tourists from China, India, and ASEAN countries. China’s Yunnan province, sharing border with Myanmar, is expected to attract more tourists to visit Myanmar. International flights are convenient and smooth; so many people are visiting Myanmar. Most Chinese tourists who travel to other countries visit with a visa. Thailand ranks second, with tourists entering via border visas. The department is implementing tourism promotion programmes to attract more foreign tourists,” stated U Zeyar Myo Aung, Deputy Director-General of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism.
In 2024, foreign tourists have been continuously entering Myanmar from early January to May. At the end of May, due to the decrease in heat, more foreign tourists are visiting the Bagan Ancient Cultural Zone than at the beginning of the month.
The visit of foreign tourists to Myanmar is recognition of the country’s ancient cultural heritage, natural beauty, and sincere friendliness. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is conducting tourism promotion programmes to revitalize the tourism sector, in line with efforts by other ASEAN countries. — Thitsa (MNA)/TKO

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