Foreign tourists start pouring in as international border opens
MOREH | Sept 8 : After the International border of Myanmar-India officially opened on August 8, the numbers of travellers coming into the country for business purposes and tourists are rising.
As the international land border crossing opened between the two countries, there is no longer a requirement for special land entry permission between the two countries. Tourists can now travel across the land route easily without facing any hassle or difficulties. It is said that the two countries have set goals to improve relations in terms of business sector, cultural and medical tourism and others.
On the completion of its first month since the opening of the border, a team of media persons from Moreh went to collect a report from the immigration office located at Integrated Check Post (ICP) Moreh about the numbers of travellers crossing between the two countries.
As per the report, a total of 235 persons came into Manipur through Myanmar. Out of them 173 are Myanmarese, 25 are Indians, One from France, One from Nepal, One from Malaysia, One from USA, three from Germany, one from Singapore, one from China, one from Romania and 27 from Thailand.
On the other hand, the total numbers who departed India into and travelled into Myanmar are 156. Out of them, 56 are Indians, 95 are from Myanmar, two from Nepal, two from Switzerland and one from Singapore.
It has been noted that as per the report most of the Myanmarese citizens coming into the country are for medical tourism. On the other hand, Indian citizens are visiting Myanmar mainly for business purposes and tourism. It is believed the increase in numbers of travellers is due to the introduction of Act East Policy with the goal to improve relationships between both the countries and the remaining South East Asian Countries.
After the opening of the International borders under the agreement between the two countries that citizens from both the countries will be allowed to travel to the other side for 16 kilometres, and will be allowed to stay for 14 days, Myanmar have begun making local border pass cards for travelling purposes and work is going on at full swing.
Meanwhile at Moreh, as construction work for the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Moreh could not be completed in time, much work is being slowed down. Though immigration office and customs duty office have been opened at the ICP, it does not have proper infrastructure and facing many requirements.
No local border cards are seen made for Indians at the ICP. Local residents have expressed the desire for the authorities concerned to look into the matter and take up required actions so that ICP may become fully functional.
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