Myanmar tourism industry to oppose $1,000 show-money policy

Myanmar tourism industry to oppose $1,000 show-money policy

The immigration counter at Yangon International Airport.

NAYPYITAW — Despite Myanmar’s plans to let tourists from Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Macao and Kong enjoy visa free visits, a well planned directive requiring tourists to possess US$1,000 at hand as show money ought never to be implemented, said the vice chairman of Myanmar Tourism Federation.

“We welcome the go on to allow free visas. It ought to be so. But carrying of US$1,000 as show money is impossible because nowadays, everyone uses cards. Few people carry cash. In case a grouped category of four comes, how do they carry US$1,000 each? The global world is changing. Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Macao are developing fast. Japanese passport is not any.1 in the global world. Those holding Japanese passports can go to 189 countries with out a visa. As usage of cards is most typical, no-one shall carry cash. Which means this (directive) shouldn’t be issued,” said vice chairman Khin Aung Tun.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Tourism and Hotels, visa free begins as a one-year trial period on October 1. Tourists from Japan, South Korea and China have to present US$1,000 as show money at the airport, and a Chinese tourist must pay US$50 as a charge for visa on arrival.

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“The problem of show money is outdated. Most travellers use bank cards. During the past, Myanmar citizens had to transport cash as show money if they visited Thailand. But that operational system is definitely abolished,” said Aye Kyaw, vice chairman of Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association.

He added that despite his 28 years in tourism experience, he previously never heard this type of matter of show profit going to other countries.

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