Nearly 7,000 tourists use E-visa

Nearly 7,000 foreigners entered Myanmar using e-visas during the last two months, according to the Immigration Department at Yangon International Airport.

The e-visa system was launched on September 1. From September 1 to November 1, it was used by 6,934 tourists.

“Tourists from the United States used it the most,” said an official from the Immigration Department.

As of September 1, the e-visa is available to tourists from 41 countries, including Southeast Asian countries. At the request of tourism companies, the e-visa was extended to EU countries as scores of tourists from Europe have visited the country in recent years. This took effect on October 2, when the e-visa was extended to 24 countries, mostly EU countries.

Of the 6,934 tourists who used the e-visa system before November 1, 1,010 were from the US, 737 were from the UK and 451 from France.

The e-visa system was expanded beyond Yangon International Airport to airports in Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw in mid-November.

The e-visa is only available to tourists. Visitors entering the country for business or other reasons are excluded.

The visa is valid for three months starting from the approved date. It allows 28 days in Myanmar per arrival. The cost of the visa is currently set at US$50.


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