Land routes to Thailand proving popular with tourists
Published on Monday, 22 September 2014 17:45
More than 60,000 people have entered Myanmar through border gates along the border with Thailand in the year since they became official international points of entry and exit, according to the Ministry of Immigration and Population.
The number refers to those using passports and visas rather than border passes and temporary border passes, an official at the ministry said. Ministry of Immigration and Population said, adding that tourists were now using land routes to enter Myanmar.
Myanmar has signed memoranda of understanding with four of its five neighbouring countries to allow residents on each side of the border to cross back and forth with either a border pass or temporary border pass. India is the only country it has yet to sign such an agreement with.
On August 28 last year, four border gates along the border with Thailand – Techileik-Maesai, Myawady-Maesuk, Kawthaung-Ranaung and Hteekhee-Phunaron – were upgraded to international points of entry and exit.