Myanmar offers online visa on Sept 1

Tourists can apply online for Myanmar visa next month as part of a drive to spur the tourism sector.

The eVisa system, now on a test run, will be officially launched on Sept 1, the Myanmar Immigration and Population Ministry said on its website.

The process will take up to five working days and applicants will receive an approval letter by e-mail to be presented to immigration authorities when they arrive in the country, it added.

Phyo Wai Yar Zar, the chairman of Myanmar Tourism Marketing, told The Irrawaddy that the new system would lure more tourists to the country as visitors do not have to line up at Myanmar embassies.

"It will be much easier for potential visitors to plan their trips to Myanmar," Phyo Wai Yar Zar said.

Myanmar projected 3 million foreign visitors this year. The Hotels and Tourism Ministry recorded  more than 1.6 million visitors in the first seven months of this year.

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