Myanmar's Visa Exemption Policy to Increase
Visitor Arrivals from Singapore
The number of Singaporean travelers to Myanmar
is predicted to increase by 35% as a result of the new 30-day
visa exemption available to citizens of both countries.
Myanmar Minister of Hotel & Tourism
H.E. U Ohn Maung, said, "I
do expect a 35% increase of Singaporeans travelling to Myanmar if we successfully promote the variety of tourist
attractions the country has to offer. Myanmar is safe, excellent
to travel the whole year round, and Myanmar food is certainly
something to come back for over and over again."
1 December 2016 , Singaporeans travelling to Myanmar for under 30
days, either for business or leisure, need not apply for a visa.
Myanmar Tourism Marketing (MTM)
Chairperson, May Myat Mon Win, said, "We have witnessed a surge
of Singaporean travelers and look forward to this growing. We're
on a mission to show the world what this hidden gem called Myanmar
has to offer; and in doing so, we'd like to dispel some myths
about the country. It's not true that you can only visit Myanmar
during the dry season. In fact, Myanmar's best kept secret is the
green season from June till September."
2015, there were 43,000 Singaporeans who traveled to Myanmar. As
of August 2016, more than 32,000 Singaporeans have visited the
country, an increase of 18% compared to the same period
The main destinations for Singaporeans
traveling to Myanmar are Yangon and Mandalay, where there are
direct flights from Singapore. While leisure travelers continue
to rise, most visits to Myanmar from Singapore are for business, a
testament to the strong trade relations between the two countries.
Based on figures from the Myanmar Directorate of
Investment and Company Administration (DICA), Singapore is
currently the second largest investor in Myanmar after China with
over USD$13 billion in foreign direct investment.
Executive Committee member Edwin Briels, who has lived in Myanmar
for more than 15 years, said, "Whether it is for business or
pleasure, there is so much to see and do in Myanmar . Business
visitors who come seeking opportunities in this new market
typically set foot in cities like Yangon , Mandalay and Nay Pyi
Taw. We encourage all visitors to venture out and see more of the
country's treasured spots -- the amazing temples of Bagan, the
majestic Inle Lake, pristine beaches and breathtaking highlands.
Most of all, come to Myanmar to experience the warmth and
generosity of the people and a culture unlike any other."