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Burma is starting to feel an economic boost from an influx of visitors, but should be weary of making its borders too porous before it has an infrastructure in place to meet the needs of visitors.

— Samantha Shankman

“Starting from June 1 [2012], we granted visas on arrival to tourists from 26 countries. Now, we are planning to grant visas on arrival to tourists from 22 more countries,” an official from the Department of Immigration and National Registration told Mizzima.

In granting visas on arrival to tourists and businesspeople from another 22 nations, the Burmese government said it is recognizing the countries that have made large investments in the country.

The 22 new countries include the Netherlands, Finland, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Denmark, and Latin American countries Brazil, Mexico and Columbia.

Tags: burma, visas

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