Guwahati, August 8: The much awaited Indo-Myanmar entry-exit checkpoints at Manipur and Mizoram were simultaneously officially opened on Wednesday. The international entry-exit checkpoints are on the Tamu- Moreh Border between Manipur and Sagaing Division and the Rihkhawdar-Zokhawthar border between Mizoram and Chin State.
From now onwards, visa on arrival facility will be provided by Myanmar thus suspending the special land entry permission required earlier for entry into the country via land routes.
Also, e-visas will be issued now within a short period and this assistance will be provided at Imphal in Manipur. Visitors also no longer need to hire a licensed guide which cost around 60 dollars a day to get into Myanmar.
The move is being seen as a major boost to India-Myanmar bilateral relations.
People will now be able to cross the land border between India and Myanmar holding passports and visas and will be able to travel for tourism, business and education purposes. The move is being hailed as it will bring closer India’s North-East with Myanmar as well as the broader ASEAN region.
The move comes a few weeks after India and Myanmar jointly carried out a routine survey following reports of unrest in some areas in Moreh sub-division of Manipur over rumours of alleged shifting of an India-Myanmar border pillar into the Indian Territory.