Myanmar embassy introduces new visa types
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Myanmar embassy yesterday confirmed that new visa types have been introduced for various categories with effect from January 11.
China’s Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday that Myanmar’s Ministry of Immigration and Population will introduce a new entry and re-entry visa system for foreigners.
The embassy said the new visa types include an official visa for international organisations, an employment visa, an education visa, a workshop or seminar visa and a crew visa for airline crews.
However, the embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Aung Kyaw Linn, told The Brunei Times the newly introduced visas will not really be applicable for Bruneians travelling there, as most of them visit Myanmar as tourists.
In September 2014, Brunei and Myanmar agreed on a mutual tourist visa exemption. This means Brunei citizens who are ordinary passport holders can stay in Myanmar for up to 14 days and vice versa.
Aung said before the mutual agreement, up to 600 Bruneians travelled to Myanmar as tourists annually.
Since the visa exemption, more than 1,000 Bruneians travelled there between 2014 to 2015.
Aung said anyone who has questions on visas required before travelling to Myanmar can contact the embassy at 2451960 or 2451961.
The Brunei Times