Govt dumps ar­rival, de­par­ture cards

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - – Ei Ei Thu

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.

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