Tue, August 14, 2012

Myanmar grants visa-on-arrival for visitors from HK, Macao

2012-08-14 11:20:56 GMT2012-08-14 19:20:56(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

YANGON, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar authorities have granted visa-on-arrival at the Yangon International Airport for visitors from two more regions, namely China's Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions, local media reported Tuesday.

Permission of visa-on-arrival will be extended to Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay International Airports in addition to the Yangon International Airport soon, said the Venus News.

Since June 1, visa-on-arrival had been issued to visitors from 27 countries including nine other ASEAN nations, Australia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Britain, the United States, South Korea and North Korea as well as Taiwan region.

Business visa is allowed for 70 days by paying 50 U.S. dollars, while tourist visa for 28 days with 40 U.S. dollars and transit visa for 24 hours with 20 U.S. dollars.

Visa-on-arrival was once halted in September 2010 ahead of then Myanmar's general election in November of the year.

Visitors entering Myanmar with visa-on-arrival through Yangon International Airport from June 1 to Aug. 7 numbered over 2,450, according to the airport.

Meanwhile, Myanmar has 22 foreign-invested hotels, four joint- venture hotels, six state-owned hotels, 707 private-owned ones, totaling 739.

Of them, 195 hotels with 8,350 rooms lie in Yangon.

Other statistics of Ministry of Hotels and Tourism show that tourist arrival at all entry points totaled over 800,000 including about 600,000 tourists in 2011, up more than 24,000 or 3 percent from over 790,000 in 2010.


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