Indian President Ram Nath Kovind announced that Indian tourists will soon be granted on-arrival visa by Myanmar to boost people-to-people relations between the two countries by making tourism more accessible and easier.
President Kovind is currently on a five-day trip to neighbouring country Myanmar with a goal to strengthen the existing “high-level” relations and engagements between the two countries. The leaders of both countries will hold talks on boosting the rubrics of ‘Act East Policy’ and ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’ and reap benefits for each other. As a part of these goals, President Kovind announced that Indians willing to visit Myanmar for tourism purposes will now be granted on-arrival visa to promote people-to-people relations between India and Myanmar.
The on-arrival visa will be given to all tourists entering Myanmar through Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Mandalay international airports. The on-arrival visa for Indian tourists will promote ease of traveling to Myanmar and boost the civically disputed country’s tourism industry. Besides the easier visa system, India and Myanmar had signed the landmark Land Border Crossing Agreement earlier this year to boost people-to people relations.
Under this agreement, two new international border entry-exit check posts at the Tamu-Moreh and the Rihkhawdar-Zowkhawtar borders on Indo-Burmese line for direct entry and exit from both sides of the border. During President Kovind’s trip, he will hold meetings Burmese country’s State Counsellor Aung Sui Kyi and the two countries are likely to sign a series of other agreements like the Motor Vehicles Agreement and many more for building stronger cooperation. However, there will be no talks about cooperation for resolving the Rohingya issue and India’s rejection of few thousand Rohingya refugees who have been residing in the country “illegally”.