Yangon International Airport (YIA) held a welcome ceremony to visa free tourists from Japan and South Korea on October 1.
Myanmar allowed free visa to Japanese and South Koreans and arrival-on-visa towards the Chinese starting October 1.
“Travellers from western countries are declining due to impact from western media. So we are holding this ceremony as the government permitted free visa and on-arrival visa to tourists from Japan, South Korea and China to better cure the declining tourism industry,” said Deputy Director Myint Htwe from Department of Hotel and Tourism.
Visa free tourists will be permitted up to 30 days stay in Myanmar but they cannot extend the duration of the stay. They can visit Myanmar from Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports as well as border gates.
The visa on-arrival for the Chinese started on October 1 and with fee of US$50 per person. They are also not allowed to extend their stay. They can apply for the visa when they arrived at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports.
Foreign affairs ministries from respective countries are in negotiation to grant visa free policies for Myanmar citizens visiting their countries.
Myanmar has allowed over 100 countries to apply E-visa and granted 54 countries for arrival visa.