Visitors from Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Russia can now enter Myanmar with a visa on arrival.

According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism of Myanmar, holders of ordinary passports issued from the six countries mentioned above arriving at Yangon International Airport, Mandalay International Airport or Nay Pyi Taw International Airport can apply for a visa on arrival for tourism purposes for “one year probation period” starting from October 1 this year.

The fee for the visa on arrival, grated for tourism purposes only, is US$50. The duration of stay in Myanmar is 30 days.

Indian and Chinese (mainland) visitors have also been granted visa-on-arrival access into Myanmar in 2018, while visitors from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau can enjoy visa-free entry till September 30, 2020.

The statistics from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism show that tourist arrivals in Myanmar reached over 13 million during the first eight months in 2019, an 23.9 per cent increase compared with the same period in 2018.

“We do hope that these new regulations to ease access to Myanmar, will lead to more travellers from around the world to discover the unique Myanmar culture, nature and most of all the hospitality of the people,” said May Myat Mon Win, chairperson of Myanmar Tourism Marketing.

Earlier this year, Minor Hotels announced its plan to introduce its Avani and Oaks brands to Yangon, the capital of Myanmar.