Visa-free for Macau, HK
The government will institute visa-free entry for visitors from Macau and Hong Kong on Monday in a bid to help the country’s tourism industry climb out of the slump caused by the Rakhine State humanitarian crisis.
THE government is planning to allow visitors from Hong Kong and Macau to go visa free from October 1 onwards, joining visitors from Japan and South Korea.
“The government is planning to go visa free for Hong Kong and Macau. The official announcement will be released soon by the ministry concerned,” U Khin Aung Htun, vice chair man of Myanmar Tourism Federation, told The Myanmar Times on September 27.
The development comes after an earlier announcement by the Minis- try of Labor, Immigration and Population stating visa free arrangements for visitors from Japan and South Ko- rea. It also said visitors from China, Hong Kong and Macau will need to apply for visas on arrival. All visitors were required to have US$1,000 in cash. The arrangements were to take place from October 1.
A separate statement sent to tour companies by the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism then stated that the US$1,000 cash requirement would be waived for Japan, South Korea, Chi- na, Macau and Hong Kong.
However, an August 24 statement issued by the Consulate-general of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Thailand still listed the requirement for all Japan and South Korean tourists to hold $1,000 in cash upon entering Myanmar.
“The Myanmar Tourism Marketing Association has been promoting and creating awareness about Myanmar in Hong Kong since last year. The number of tourists from Hong Kong would increase if we give them a visa free arrangement,” Daw May Myat Mon Win told The Myanmar Times.
Myanmar has a list of 20 priority countries for visa exemption, including some western and European countries, she said.