Myanmar encourages visa-free travel between ASEAN nations

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Myanmar has invited ASEAN countries—except for Vietnam, which already has the policy—to allow visits by citizens from other ASEAN countries without requiring a visa, says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Myanmar will take over the ASEAN chair in the coming year and will host the ASEAN Economic Community meetings in 2015.

“At present, Myanmar people can go to Vietnam without a visa. In the near future, Myanmar will sign an agreement with ASEAN nations like Laos, Indonesia and Thailand to visit each other without a visa. We are also going to sign a contract with the Philippines,” said Aung Lin, Director General of the ASEAN Affairs Department.

Individual tourist arrivals top the list of foreign visitors received by the Yangon International Airport.

Myanmar has attracted nearly 600,000 tourists in the last year through flights. In absolute terms, growth was led by Thailand at 16 percent, China at 12 percent, Japan at eight percent, the U.S at 6.3 percent and South Korea at six percent, for the increase in tourists over 2012, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Yangon International Airport receives an average of 2,000 visitors daily, compared to only 1,300 visitors last year.

Source: ELEVEN Myanmar

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