Immigration Status Matters — Tourist Visas Not Good Enough for Private Dwellings
28 September – The Myanmar Times is reporting that immigration status matters, again. Yangon region officials have announced that punishments will be applied against the landlord and tenant, alike, for breaking a 1947 Immigration Act law that prohibits foreign tourists from staying anywhere other than a registered hotel or guest house.
While it remains unclear how this law may be enforced (there are too many apartments/condos and foreigners these days for a city-wide blanket), it would be wise to review your immigration status now, and upgrade to a business visa if you don’t have one already. Several websites offer help with visas, including electronic processing of visas, and any registered company can provide the necessary documents to get a business visa on arrival at the airport.
If you’re on a tourist visa, it might be best to avoid offending your neighbors, or anyone that knows where you live, for now.
For more information, or to read the original article by Tin Yadanar Htun and Zay Yar Lin, follow this MM Times – Yangon Government to Clamp Down link.
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