Recently, both Myanmar and Thailand has opened four new checkpoints to both regional and international travelers.
According to Burmese Immigration and National Registration Department, Myanmar and Thai citizens, as well as foreign tourists, are allowed to pass through four Thai-Myanmar border checkpoints, and exit through any authorized checkpoint starting from August 28th, 2013 including Tachileik-Mae Sai, Myawady-Mae Sot, Kawthaung-Ranong and Htee Khee-Sunaron. Myanmar citizens with visas and passports will also be allowed to visit Thailand through the border crossings. This means that foreign travelers can enter or exit through any of those four check-points but also combine it with another point of entry such as international airports of Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw or Mandalay.
This follows the government’s announcement to amend its list of restricted areas after an improvement in rules of law and stability in the country. The new official checkpoints will however not be opened for visa-on-arrival.
The government has also announced that the Parliament will offer abolish visas for all ASEAN nationals from the next fiscal year. Until now, only Laotian citizens benefit from visa exemption for a stay not exceeding 14 days. Fines will be imposed if visitors overstay, or the visa has expired, in a similar fashion to Thai immigration officials who fine by the day.
The Mae Sai-Tachileik checkpoint has the most potential for international visitors, who are touring North Thailand and want to continue their Mekong Region holiday in Myanmar. They will be able to use Chiang Rai as the gateway to travel to Mandalay and Bagan, using airlines flying out of Tachilek.
New checkpoints between the two countries will be the important link to connect two economic and tourism spot. Tourists now can enjoy easier access from Myanmar to Thailand and vice versa without wasting time and expenses of transportation. This will also be a good sign for further normalization and improving relations by land of the two Asian nations. To receive further details on other land connection and updated tourism information, please visit Threeland Travel Myanmar and contact us.