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Visa on arrival in Myanmar
Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos, and Thailand. The best outcome of the five-day Visit (December 2018) of Indian President (Ram Nath Kovind) to Myanmar is that Indian visitors will get a visa on arrival in Myanmar. Myanmar travel could get a lot easier for tourists from India. From 13 December 2018, this policy is an effective policy. The President, who had visited Myanmar to work on Act East Policy, and Neighbourhood First Policy, is also looking to improve people-to-people relations between the two nations. Hence, Myanmar has announced that the visa-on-arrival will be provided to those Indian tourists who are entering the country through their international airports, Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, and Mandalay.
Recently Myanmar and India have also agreed on the Land-border Crossing Agreement. It was signed on 11 August 2018. According to this agreement, Myanmar has allowed Indian tourists by roadways too. This was most beneficial for northeastern states in India. And of course, it has increased the number of Indian visitors to Myanmar. This will increase tourism and people to people exchange between the two countries.
Criteria For visa on Arrival
#The applicant shall have the valid passport and it should not expire at least for the next 6 months from the date when the individual has entered Myanmar.
#The two recent (4cm x 6cm) color photos are required. The photos should be recent means that they are not taken before the six months of Visa Application
#the applicant must have the invitation letter of the registered organizations in case of sponsorship for business at Myanmar.
#they are required to produce copies of company registration/business license as proof to do business in Myanmar or having an identity proof of the company with the application if he is working in Myanmar.
#The registered name of the company should be written and the position he holds if an applicant wants to have a business visa.
#In order to apply for visa extension an applicant must have the ministerial recommendation and he has to go with the existing business visa procedure.
#The applicants must mention the full address of his accommodation. He should stay at a licensed hotel, motels or accommodation provided by the government.
#If the applicant is having under seven-year-old children holding his separate passport, In that case, he has to produce evidence of parent-child relation. If the child is accompanying his parent’s passport then he will be granted Visa-free of charge.
#If the applicant has been denied entry then he should be departed with the same airlines with which he has traveled to Myanmar.
#The applicant should report to the immigration office and National Registration Department and ensure to provide the full address of the licensed hotels or motels or human dwellings where he will stay within Myanmar.
#While his stay in Myanmar the applicants should abide by the rules and regulations of the Visa on arrival department.
#The applicants can apply for Visa On Arrival by obtaining the application form either from the airlines in Myanmar or the following website www.mip.gov.mm of the Ministry of Immigration and Population. The applicants can also report to the Airport Immigration Section to fill a form of Visa On Arrival.
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Benefits to Indian Visitors by Visa on Arrival
President Kovind had excellent meetings with his Myanmarese counterpart U Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. He said that the President’s visit to Myanmar is to maintain a very positive and forward-looking trajectory and build upon the strong historical ties and also the cordial ties currently shared between the two nations.
“The State Counsellor referred to India as a ‘friend’, which takes a fair and balanced position on all issues related to Myanmar. The President of Myanmar said that relations with India are already at a high point and will go higher more. We reiterated our strong support for Myanmar’s unity and territorial integrity,” the Foreign Secretary elaborated.
The Indians will be benefited with the increased tourism to Myanmar. The key goals are connecting India to South East Asia, building the stronger defense, security and economic relations with Myanmar and ensuring the Indians security in the Bay of Bengal.“
In the future, it is expected that the bus services from Imphal to Moreh and from Mandalay to Tamu would be operational soon. The Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project is reaching the final stages of completion. A port operator for the Sittwe Port would be announced soon.