MyanmarVisa-free for Japan, S Korea; visa on arrival for Greater China.

Myanmar eases visa restrictions to boost tourism

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Sunrise at Shwedagon Pagoda is a top tourist attraction in Yangon.
Sunrise at Shwedagon Pagoda is a top tourist attraction in Yangon. Photo Credit: f11photo; iStock / Getty Images Plus

Tourists from China, Hong Kong and Macau will still have to pay US$50, but can get their visa on arrival at Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw airports.

From October, Japanese and South Korean travellers to Myanmar will be able to enter the country visa-free by air and land.

Tourists from China, Hong Kong and Macau will still have to pay US$50, but can get their visa on arrival at Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw airports.

The one-year trial has been initiated to bring more tourists into the country and help develop the tourism industry.

The Myanmar Tourism Federation has been holding promotional events in Japan and expects the number of visitors from Japan to increase by 50%.

During 2017 a small 0.7% increase on Japanese tourists saw nearly 101,500 visit the country, the third biggest demographic after Thais and Chinese. 

Of the country’s 1.36 million total visitors in 2017, 70% were from Asia.

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