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 Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Front Page - EI EI THU eiei­thu@mm­times.com 7

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.

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