13 August 2019
According to the press release of the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar on Monday, the Embassy announced another step to make travel easier between Myanmar and the United States. Myanmar citizens can now apply for a combined B-1/B-2 visa, which allows travel to the U.S. for both business and/or tourism purposes. The single-entry visa is valid for three months and there is no issuance fee.
It also stated that travel between the United States and Myanmar has increased greatly in recent years.
In 2018, the U.S. Embassy issued almost 14,000 visas to Myanmar citizens, a 40% increase from 2015. In the 2017/2018 school year, over 1,500 Myanmar students studied in the United States, a 16% increase from the previous year.
The number of American travelers to Myanmar has also increased in the last year. 35,000 U.S. citizens visited Myanmar in the first half of 2019, a 3% increase from the first half of 2018.
The United States consistently ranks among the top five of foreign countries traveling to Myanmar. The U.S. Embassy works with the Myanmar government to facilitate travel between the two countries. The new combined visa encourages closer ties between Myanmar and the United States.
-- End --