Myanmar introduces ‘visa-on-arrival’ for Indian travellers

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  • Myanmar has announced that they will provide a ‘visa-on-arrival’ to Indian tourists arriving through the international airports of Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Mandalay.
  • The Indian president Ram Nath Kovind is on a visit to Myanmar to discuss various bilateral and multilateral issues including ‘Act East’ policy, and ‘Neighbourhood First’ Policy.
  • Last September, the Indian government rolled out its updated policy that allowed free visas to Myanmar tourists.
In a bid to foster people-to-people relationships between India and Myanmar, India’s president Ram Nath Kovind is on a state visit to the country. One early outcome from his visit has been a new travel policy introduced by Myanmar, making it easier for Indians to travel to the country.

While discussing India’s ‘Act East’ policy and ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, it was announced on Tuesday Myanmar will now provide ‘visa-on-arrival’ to Indian tourists.


India’s president tweeted about the new policy, which will grant these visas to Indian travellers arriving through the international airports of Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Mandalay.

Last September, the Indian government had rolled out visa-free policy for Myanmar tourists. The move was initiated after PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Myanmar, according to a Myanmar Times report .

Adding to this, the president said that India’s Northeast region has welcomed and is starting to reap the privileges of ‘Land-border Crossing Agreement’ that was recently inferred.

The agreement was reportedly signed in May this year, and was put into practice in August along with the inauguration of international entry-exit checkpoints at the Tamu-Moreh and the Rihkhawdar-Zokhawthar border.

Even though, the number of Indian visitors to Myanmar is currently not significant, there is a wide scope of growth and expansion, U Naung Naung Han, general secretary of Union of Myanmar Travel Association reportedly said.


Myanmar’s Hotel and Tourism ministry recorded about 41,197 Indian tourists last year, it noted. While the Indian Tourism Ministry noted that there was a 10% increase in Myanmar tourists after the new policies were rolled out.

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