Burmese passport

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Myanmar passport
Cover of Burmese Passport.jpg
The front cover of a contemporary Myanmar passport.
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Bio data page
Issued by  Burma
Type of document Passport
Purpose Identification
Eligibility requirements Myanmar citizenship
Expiration 5 years

The Burmese passport or the Myanmar passport is the passport issued to citizens and nationals of Burma (officially called "the Republic of the Union of Myanmar").

In 2002, Myanmar began issuing electronic passports. Burmese passports contain a microchip embedded in them that carries identifying information about the passport holder. UN special envoy Razali Ismail, part owner of Iris corporation, which won the contract to install the new system, dismissed security concerns, and said, "Must you think of things in such sinister terms? Anyway, it’s only for those people who want to travel outside. In most cases, those will be government people."[1]

Types[edit]

Three types are currently[when?] issued by Ministry of Home Affairs. Government officials are issued with a green passport. Diplomats are issued with a blue passport. All other citizens receive a red passport. The red passport is valid for 5 years and the green passport for three.

Currently,[when?] ordinary passport holders can travel to Cambodia, India (Visa on Arrival), Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Macau (Visa on Arrival), Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam without a visa. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

In April 2010 the Myanmar passport was upgraded from hand-written to machine readable passport.

Visa requirements[edit]

Countries and territories with visa-free entries or visas on arrival for holders of regular Myanmar passports

In 2016, Myanmar citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 42 countries and territories, ranking the Myanmar passport 95th in the world according to the Visa Restrictions Index.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burma to launch e-passport", BBC. August 13, 2002
  2. ^ "Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar Get Visa-Free Entry to Indonesia - News - PATA". pata.org. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Vietnam Waives Visa Requirement for Burmese Travelers". irrawaddy.org. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Visa-free deal signed with Cambodia". mmtimes.com. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Myanmar, Indonesia hammer out visa-free agreement". ttgasia.com. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "PHL-Myanmar agreement on visa exemption takes effect on January 4, 2014". gov.ph. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 

6. http://www.thaiembassy.com/faq/no-thai-visa-required-citizens-of-myanmar.php