Some of the facts in the announcement recently released by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism regarding funds of USD1,000 to be proved by travellers from Japan, South Korea and China at the designated entry point are temporarily suspended according to the statement of the ministry.
In the ministry’s updated statement, it is because of that some points are required to add to the earlier announcement for the travellers from South Korean, Japan and Chinese travellers.
The earlier statement said that travellers from Japan and South Korea holding ordinary passports would enjoy visa-free entry to Myanmar starting from October 1 this year, through airports in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw and at land borders at Tachilek, Myawady, Kauthoung, and Hteekhee.
Chinese citizen travelers (including Hong Kong, Macao and self-administered regions) holding ordinary passports may enter Myanmar through the designated airports will be charged a rate of US$50 per person for a tourist visa-on-arrival. All the travellers from those three countries will have to prove funds of USD1,000 at the designated entry point.
According to the ministry, some critical comments in the tourism industry and from travellers came out soon after the ministry’s earlier statement, and the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population informed the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism of them and suggested to coordinate some points.
“It is a shame to release a new procedure now and suspends it very soon after releasing it. In fact, whatever matters in the industry should be thoroughly considered. It should not go that way to do some amendments only when the public comment comes out. I mean it is not only for this matter but for others, “ said U Tun Naing Oo who runs a travel service agency.”
Currently, sources in the tourism industry said that Myanmar is receiving lower numbers of travellers from Japan and Korea, and most of these travellers were visiting on business. In 2017, Myanmar announced it received over 3.4 million foreign arrivals.