Myanmar's New E visa for 41 countries worldwide
launched an online visa application on Monday promising an end to
painful waits for permits to visit the once secretive nation as it tries
to lure five million tourists a year by 2015.
The e-visa is open to tourists from 41 countries, from Singapore, China, Japan and North Korea to the United States and Britain, Minister of Immigration and Population Khin Yi told reporters. The website is at www.evisa.moip.gov.mm.
The entry permit will cost US$50 (S$62.52) and be valid for 28 days to those arriving at Yangon's international airport, said Mr Yi, adding it will take five days to process.
Since Myanmar embarked on democratic reforms in 2011, tourists have started making a beeline for the country - long seen as an undiscovered frontier.
Two million overseas visitors arrived last year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, with more expected this year.
The country wants to build up the lucrative tourism market, with a new airport planned to cope the surging number of arrivals in Yangon.
Myanmar is targeting five million tourists next year with the e-visa a key part of the strategy, the minister said, adding the system has been backed-up to survive the electrical faults and frequent blackouts that afflict the country.