Myanmar, formerly Burma, hopes to attract more tourists by making the visa application process easier. Introducing e-Visas.
The new service can be found at www.myanmarvisa.gov.mm and is designed to be user-friendly as the country hopes to attract 5 million tourists a year by 2015. The e-Visas are open to travellers from 41 countries, including the US and the UK, but only grants entry on flights to Yangon International Airport, making it impossible to use if travelling to Burma overland.
Travellers are forbidden to enter “restricted areas” without permission. Permits for these areas can be obtained in Yangon. Applicants need to fill in the details of their tour and a single-entry visa costs £30, which will be stamped upon arrival and is valid for 28 days.
A passport-size colour photograph is also required, as well as the details of a return flight ticket. The new process will hopefully lessen the load at the Burmese embassy in Bangkok, which is inundated with tourists applying for simple entry visas.
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