Friday, August 18, 2017

Mandalay collects $90,000 in visa fines

More than US$90,000 (K123.1 million) in fines was collected from foreign visitors who overstayed their visas in Mandalay Region in the first six months of this year, said the region’s Immigration and National Registration Department.

The fines, amounting to $93,838, were collected from 1621 foreigners whose visas expired before they left the country.

Department Director U Tin Chal said that foreigners with work visas tended to overstay because they needed to complete their jobs, while overseas visitors overstay due to a desire to visit more places.

“They are not like those who live here illegally. If the visa expires, we warn the companies. If someone informs us, we investigate,” he said.

Foreigners who overstay their visas have to pay fines of $3 for each day overstayed at Mandalay International Airport. If a visa is expired more than 3 months, the fine is $5 for each day overstayed.

Most of the offenders are Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai nationals.

“We tell hotels not to allow foreigners to overstay and inform us if their visa is expired. We tell ward and village officials the same thing,” he said.

According to the Immigration and National Registration Department, 15,060 foreigners visited Mandalay in January, 17,130 in February, 13,878 in March, 10,173 in April and 9469 in May.

Translation by Khine Thazin Han