Business Visitors to Get 'One-minute' Visas

By Aung Thet Wine 29 May 2012

Business travelers, aid workers and others on official business in Burma will soon be able to receive “one-minute” visas on arrival, according to a report by state-run media on Monday.

Maung Maung Than, the director general of Burma’s Immigration and National Registration Department, said the new arrival visas were made possible by the department’s web-based connections with immigration departments in 27 countries around the world.

The visas, which according to the Myanmar Ahlin newspaper will be available within one minute of arrival in the country, are primarily aimed at international businessmen and NGO workers. Plans to open five new counters at Rangoon’s international airport for these visitors were also announced.

Citizens of a total of 27 countries, including member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Australia, India, Japan, Taiwan and European countries, are entitled to apply for the visa.

The visa fees will vary according to the length of stay. One-day visas are US $20, while 28- and 70-day visas cost $40 and $50, respectively.

Besides the visa fee, applicants must also hold a passport valid for at least six months and provide a passport photo, an invitation letter from a local company and a photocopy of the company’s license or registration.

The move comes just weeks after the government announced that it would introduce a visa-on-arrival scheme for tourists from Asean countries in June.

This will be the third time that Burma has introduced a visa-on-arrival system. In 2010, they were offered until several months before elections were held in November of that year.