A visit to the ‘golden land,’ will now involve a new set of terms and conditions for vacationers. Myanmar recently updated its tourist visa application process, with instructions on vaccination status, passport validity, and more. Here’s what you need to know. By Eshita Srinivas
Underlined by an eclectic cuisine, rich tradition, stunning landscapes, and historical temples and shrines clad in gold – Myanmar is stunning to say the least. The Southeast Asian country – which had shut down over the course of the pandemic – only recently resumed commercial flight services. Over the years, unrest has hit pause on all travel to the country and currently, governments of different nations have varying advice on heading there. That said, for travellers who have begun to chart out their itineraries, the foreign ministry of Myanmar has issued a set of new guidelines for tourist visa applications. These need to be followed closely for a seamless vacation.
A tourist visa to Myanmar requires vaccination proof and a valid passport
#Myanmar‘s Foreign Ministry announced new terms and conditions for tourist visa applications.
The country resumed its commercial flight services in April after more than two years of suspension over the pandemic, reports Xinhua news agency. pic.twitter.com/ZEIk0um2xf
— IANS (@ians_india) August 6, 2022
News reports state that, as per the Myanmar Foreign Ministry, the period of stay – beginning from the date of arrival – is capped at 28 days. This is only for single entry and re-entering the country would need a new visa. Travellers are mandated to provide proof of complete vaccination and submit a colour photograph that was taken within three months of the time of travel.
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In addition to this, tourists need to ensure their passport is valid for six months to their visa application. Those travelling with children aged under seven on the same passport will need to pencil in their names and birthdates in the minor section of the application form. The government organisation further stressed that only passport holders were eligible for a visa and requested applicants to abide by the country’s laws and keep out of its internal affairs, IANS reports.
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At the moment, only tourist visa holders are allowed to enter through the Yangon International Airport. This is Myanmar’s primary airport and is located in Mingaladon – 15 kilometres north of the centre of the capital city. All of the 10 national carriers as well as 30 international airlines fly through here. Visitors are required to present all the required documents laid out by the Ministry of Health at entry. As per reports, business eVisas were resumed on April 1 while tourist eVisa began in May 2022.
For further information and the latest guidelines, do follow Myanmar Tourism Department’s official page, here.
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