Burma and Indonesia sign agreement for mutual visa exemption

May 17, 2014
Burma and Indonesia agree on mutual visa exemption

According to some news reports, the Indonesian Embassy in Rangoon has stated that Burmese and Indonesian citizens will in the near future be able to travel to each other’s countries without the need for a visa. This has been made possible by a ‘visa exemption agreement’, which was signed between Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin and Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, on May 10, on the sidelines of the 24th ASEAN Summit in Naypyitaw.

According to this new agreement, ordinary Burmese passport holders will soon be allowed to visit and be in Indonesia for 30 days without having/possessing a visa and in a reciprocal arrangement, Indonesian citizens will be able to visit and stay in Burma, visa free, for 14 days. These aforesaid exemptions will become effective, after a formal process of ratification is completed between the two countries and also after the airport immigration authorities in the two countries have been given adequate notice.
The Indonesian foreign minister also stated that the visa exemption agreement between the two countries was important and is significant, but he was looking forward to strengthening the relationships between the two countries, as part of the ASEAN initiative. Thus, in his opinion, improving the connectivity between the two countries ought to also improve the relationships between the countries, and this was to be seen in the context of the ASEAN, also. Also, according to the Indonesian Embassy, passport holders of Indonesia can presently visit and travel to 15 countries without any need for a visa.

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