Myanmar to Offer Visa on Arrival to Chinese, Indian Tourists: Report

Myanmar will offer visas on arrival for Chinese and Indian tourists to attract foreign visitors and their spending, as per a report by State media.

The commencement date for the one-year trial scheme will be announced soon, citing the junta’s immigration ministry, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported.

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Under the new scheme the holders of the visa will be permitted to visit all sites except the restricted area due to security areas, according to a media report.

Citizens of both the countries can apply the tourist visa online or at a Myanmar Embassy.

Due to the on-going war in Myanmar, countries such as US and Australia have advised the travelers to skip their tour.

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Military is currently struggling to crush down opposition to its 2021 coup and has admitted that there are parts of the country which are not under its control.

The junta’s tourism ministry is also working to attract tourists from Russia, another major ally and arms supplier.

The country opened up to tourists in 2011 after decades of harsh military rule.

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Its borders closed during the pandemic and aftermath of military’s coup and subsequent bloody crackdown on dissent has kept visitors away.

India and china, who share long and porous borders with Myanmar, have maintained ties with the isolated generals since the coup.

With inputs from AFP

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