Sep 24, 2013

Myamar To Upgrade Muse Checkpoint

Myanmar will upgrade the existing Muse border checkpoint with China's Ruli Township to full international status.

Myanmar Minister of Immigration and Population, U Khin Yi, told Xinhua media, Wednesday, that the project should be completed within two to three months.

 “Foreign visitors holding valid passports and visa will be allowed to enter and exit Myanmar through the Muse gate, or exist through other points such as Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports.”

Today, visitors crossing the border at Muse must enter and exit at the same point.

On 28 August, Myanmar opened fully four checkpoints on the Myanmar-Thai border, namely Tachileik- Mae Sai, Myawaddy-Mae Sot, Tiki-Sunarong and Kawthoung-Ranong. Travelers can continue their journey to other destinations and it gives them the choice to exit through another checkpoint than the one they used to enter the country.

Myanmar has 16 border checkpoints with neighboring countries, but most of them offer limited access.

In 2012, tourist arrivals reached 1.02 million, an increase of 200,000 compared with 2011’s 820,000 due to the significant changes in Myanmar during the year.

Myanmar targets 2 million in 2013 and up to 3 million in 2014.

Myanmar authorities have also granted pre-arranged visa-on-arrival for visitors from 48 countries. It requires pre-approval from authorities. Once the traveller has confirmation that the visa on arrival has been approved they take a flight to Yangon and have the visa stamped into their passport on arrival.

However, airlines are very reluctant to transport visitors who claim to have a visa on arrival approved. They argue that supporting evidence that a visa has been approved and will be issued on arrival is not clear cut.
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