VISA-ON-ARRIVAL (VOA) is now available at Yangon and Mandalay International Airports for nationals of more than 100 countries with which Myanmar has diplomatic ties. Previously, visas must be arranged in advance before arrival. All Asia Exclusive Travel managing director Phyoe Wai Yar Zar said: “On May 1, four visitors from the Philippines were granted VOA for the first time.”

A tourist VOA costs US$30 for a 28-day stay, business VOA US$40 for a 70-day stay, social VOA US$40 for a 28-day and a transit visa US$18 for 24-hour stay.

Visitors must stay at government-approved accommodation establishments, with the exact address to be stated in the application form.

Children under seven years of age travelling with the parents are exempted from visa fees.

An individual traveller must show he has at least US$300 (or the equivalent in another currency) on hand to Immigration, as proof he can sustain himself during his visit; a family must take out a wad of US$600 to show the officer.

From Sirima Eamtako, Bangkok, of TTG