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Fri, 19 Oct 2018

Northeast Today

Now No Special Land Entry Permit Required for Indians to Visit Myanmar

Now No Special Land Entry Permit Required for Indians to Visit Myanmar
August 09
14:17 2018

- NET Bureau

After 90 days of an agreement made between Government of India and Myanmar for the Indo-Myanmar border land road, the road was formally opened on Wednesday. The agreement was made on 11th May 2018.

Earlier, if one wished to cross this border, a visa along with a special land entry permit was required, and additionally, a tourist guide was to be hired from the Ministry of Tourism and Hotels in Myanmar. The common people found difficulty in the amount required to pay the high fees for the land entry permit, visa and the tour guide which was a compulsion to enter Myanmar.

While interacting with Northeast Today and speaking on the opening of the India Myanmar border land road, Radhakrishna Sharma, Managing partner – Seven Sister Tours and Travels told, “Now people can enter Myanmar only with the visa, without hiring a guide and without any special land entry permit, they can also use e-visa for entry through roads from now on; earlier e-visa could be used only for entry through airlines.”

Earlier documents were sent to Kolkata in order to get a visa but now one can get it online.

We can now get that visa from northeast itself, we do not need to go to Kolkata to get it unlike earlier situations, Sharma added. Once you cross the border, you can visit the nearby towns, go to Yangoon, and can also go to Thailand border as well as China Border, he said.

“Trial basis bus services will also be started by the end of September, from Imphal to Mandalay. But India will operate from Imphal to Moreh, up to the border. There will be an agreement between the operators of the two countries and then only a ticket till Mandalay will be generated. Earlier there was no problem in entering India from Myanmar but a permit was required for entry as well as exit from Myanmar, which was a hindrance.” he further added.

“For the Indian travellers, there was an Indian visa required to enter Myanmar. From India it was open from earlier, there existed some restrictions from the Myanmar side, which we can say is no more there,” said Sharma.

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