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Myanmar to give visa-on-arrival to Indian business persons

Posted on May 31, 2012
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New Delhi: A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh concluded his three-day trip, Myanmar on Wednesday announced its decision to grant visa-on-arrival to Indian business persons and certain other categories of visitors.

As per the surprise move that is aimed at boosting trade relations, Indian business persons will get visa for 70 days on arrival and a fee of USD 50 will be charged, sources told reporters here.

Another category for which visa will be given on arrival to Indian nationals is ‘Entry visa’ and the criteria will be meetings, events etc, the sources said.

Under this criteria, visa will be given for 28 days for a fee of USD 40, they said citing the decision conveyed to the Indian government this morning.

Indians can also avail 24-hour visa-on-arrival for transit.

Myanmar already has visa-on-arrival scheme for tourists.

The decision comes a day after the Prime Minister returned home after a three-day historic trip during which the two countries signed 15 agreements covering the fields of trade, energy and connectivity.

Welcoming the Myanmar’s decision, India Inc said the move would help in the movement of professionals to the neighbouring country.

“It is welcome move. It will encourage more and more businessmen to go to Mayanmar. It will also help in increasing economic ties between the countries,” CII Director General Chandrajeet Banerji said.

Echoing views, Ficci Deputy Secretary General Ambika Sharma said that the step would facilitate movement of professionals to Myanmar.

The bilateral trade between India and Maynamar stood at USD 1.35 billion in 2010-11.

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