Govt dumps arrival, departure cards
VISITORS will no longer need to fill out arrival and departure cards at Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw international airports as of September 12, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
The requirement is being cancelled as part of an effort to promote tourism and draw more foreigners to visit the country, the ministry said in the statement.
The government expects to apply similar measures – like visa exemptions for visitors from Japan and South Korea and visas on arrival for visitors from China, Hong Kong, and Macau – on October 1, in line with its “Look East” policy.
If the government can provide visa exemptions for more countries, more travellers will come, U Phyo Wai Yarzar, managing director of Diethelm Travel, told The Myanmar Times.
He urged that more measures be taken to attract visitors, such as reducing taxes on international cruises and allowing Thais to cross the border into Myanmar at Thachilek, Myawaddy, Htee Khee, and Kawthuang.
According to the Hotels and Tourism Ministry, 1,970,013 international visitors arrived in the country through July, which was 2 percent less than in the same period last year.