Myawady Friendship Bridge generates Ks 700 million

Writer: 
Ko Shwe Thein
Myawady Township, near the Myanmar-Thai Border Friendship Bridge.

 

The government earned tax receipts of over Ks 700 million from tourism last year, with around 6,000 Myanmar citizens a month visiting Mae Sot, Thailand, via Myawady Township, according to a recent report.

Mostly Myanmar citizens who visit Mae Sot via Myawady Township require a Temporary Border Pass (TBP). The government earned over Ks 10 million from TBP holders last year.

Thailand citizens can visit Myanmar by holding a Border Passport or a Temporary Border Passport. From this, the government got 381,340 Baht (around Ks 14.5 million).

Any foreigner who wants to visit Myanmar with an Employment Passport must pay US$10, and last year 1,383 foreigners visited Myanmar using this method.

Although the government has put a levy on Thailand citizens at 10 Baht per person, any Myanmar citizen who wants to go Thailand must pay 20 Baht for travelling via Mae Sot. 

Translated by Khin Set Maw