Published on Thursday, 19 March 2015 17:08
Chinese nationals top the list of foreigners who enter Myanmar using an e Visa (visa on arrival), according to the Immigration Department at Yangon International Airport.
A total of 18,700 Chinese nationals entered the country using visas on arrival in the first two months of this year. More than 300,000 foreigners, mostly Chinese, have used this type of visa since the e Visa system for tourists was launched on September 1 for 41 countries, most of which are in Asia.
“A total of 114,192 foreigners visited Myanmar using visas on arrival last year, most of them Chinese. In the last two months, Chinese also topped the list,” said an official from the Immigration Department.
Official figures to date reveal that US visitors mostly used e Visas while Thais generally used the full range of visas available for entry into the country.
Since the beginning of October, the number of countries included in the e Visa programme has grown to 100, including several European nations as well as Jordan, Kenya, Monaco, Morocco, Ecuador, Qatar and South Africa, according to the Immigration and Population Ministry’s official website.
The e Visa process is much more convenient than with other visas that may require a visit to a consulate. Applicants fill out a secure online e Visa form found on the website, pay, and wait for an approval letter that should arrive within three days. Visitors then get visas stamped on arrival in Myanmar.
The fee for the e Visa is US$50, but the only ports of entry where they are accepted are Yangon, Mandalay and Nap Pyi Taw international airports. The visas are valid for 28 days and only apply to tourists.