by Naomi Neoh | October 08, 2019
Myanmar has rolled out its visa on arrival scheme to a further six countries from Oct 1. (Getty Images)

NAYPITAW - Myanmar has extended its visa on arrival (VOA) scheme to visitors from six more countries, effective from Oct 1.

Visitors from Australia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and Switzerland arriving at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports can now apply for a visa at the airport's VOA counters.

They will no longer need to secure pre-arranged approval before arriving at the airport. The visa on arrival fee is US$50.

Last year, visitors from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau were granted visa-free entry.

Indian and Chinese nationals from mainland China were also recently eligible for visa on arrival.

In the second quarter this year, the easing of visa restrictions resulted in an increase in arrivals from countries eligible for visa-free or visa on arrival.

"We hope that all these new regulations to ease access to Myanmar, will lead to more travellers from around the world discovering Myanmar's unique culture, nature and most of all the hospitality of the people," said Myanmar Tourism Marketing chairperson May Myat Mon Win.