Myanmar introduces visas on arrival for Russian tourists
Since October 1, the Government of Myanmar decided to issue tourist visas upon arrival to Russian citizens. The relief is introduced for a period of one year in test mode and will apply to those who fly into the country through the international airports of Naypyidaw, Yangon and Mandalay. The visa fee is $50 and permits to stay in Myanmar for up to 30 days. At the same time, the declared purpose of the trip can only be tourism, and the extension of the visa is not provided. “Citizens of Russia have the right of free movement around the country, with the exception of territories closed for travel, and can leave the country through a checkpoint at any international airport,” the agency’s publication states.
According to experts, the Myanmar authorities have been pursuing a policy of visa democratization for several years. At the end of 2016, tourists who issued an electronic entry document were allowed to cross the country's border not only by air, but also through a number of ground checkpoints. Together with a new visa relaxation, this may lead to a certain increase in tourist flow. After all, many tourists choose Myanmar for a recreation as part of combined tours with Cambodia and Thailand. For these travelers, simplified entry can be a significant advantage.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.