Business travellers to get VOA from June

By Yu Yu Maw and Su Hlaing Htun
Volume 32, No. 626
May 14 - 20, 2012

BUSINESS travellers will be eligible for a 70-day visa on arrival at Yangon International Airport from June 1 and the program could be expanded to all travellers later this year, the Minister for Immigration and Population announced last week.

The visa will cost US$40. Full rules and regulations will be announced soon on the ministry’s website but it will be open to business travellers of all nationalities, Union Minister U Khin Yi said at a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on April 29.

“For the first step, we will allow visa on arrival for business travellers. And we will try to allow visa on arrival for all types for the coming tour season,” U Khin Yi said.

He said the ministry would check that businesspeople who applied for a visa on arrival had “clear” backgrounds and were not blacklisted before allowing them to enter the country.

Minister for Industry U Soe Thein said at the same meeting that the visa on arrival for businesspeople was an important step for the country’s development.

“Even though we are very busy this really needs to be done immediately. Ministry of Immigration and Population will take charge of it,” he said.

Tour agencies said that the partial introduction of visa on arrival would provide a boost to the industry.

“Because the hotel room rates are expensive ... we can only target businesspeople at the moment because they can afford to pay more than tourists. I appreciate this development, it is a good step, and I hope to see visa on arrival for all travellers soon,” said U Thet Lwin Toe of Myanmar Voyages Travels and Tour.