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Myanmar to Offer Tourist Visas On Arrival

18/05/2010 11:15

Myanmar’s military government will offer visas on arrival to boost the country’s nascent tourism sector, a travel industry official said last week. The cost of the visa will be $30 and would be valid for 28 days, he added.


Tourist visas, which are normally arranged days in advance at an embassy abroad, will be now be available at international airports in Mandalay and the biggest city, Yangon, said Tin Tun Aung, secretary of the Myanmar Travel Entrepreneurs Association.


Although Myanmar is rich in jungles, beaches and mountains and is dotted with hundreds of golden Buddhist temples, its tourism industry remains largely undeveloped.


Total tourist arrivals in Myanmar during for the fiscal year 2009-2010 stood at 300,000, compared with 255,288 for the same period a year earlier. Some 315,536 people traveled to Myanmar in the 2005-2006 period, official data showed.


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