How I Crossed Myanmar Via India Border

Although I crossed the international boundaries but I was bounded by the limitation of time. As I had a few days of my leisure time on my hands, I decided to explore Myanmar’s Mandalay. Following my extensive research on Internet, I came to know that one can easily venture into Myanmar via Moreh-Tamu border.

So I booked a flight from Delhi to Imphal via Gauhati. Upon landing I drove into Moreh parking zone, where one can find a number of taxis. It was 1.30pm and I was in hurry to reach the Indo-Myanmar border as it shuts around 6PM. After talking to few people, I agreed to pay Rs1,500 to a taxi guy, who promised me to take to Moreh border. Despite my protest, the guy picked up two more people. Never mind. Things happen. The journey was not smooth. A lot of renovation work was going on the main highway. Besides, the Army was checking every vehicle which were heading towards Moreh. So be prepared to show your ID whenever they ask. No argument, nothing. Just show you ID. After four-hour of journey, the taxi guy dropped me at Gate number 2 of Moreh. However, the security guard told me to immediately go to Gate number 1. So I quickly hired an auto and asked the driver to drop me at Gate number 1. From Gate number 2 to Gate number 1 it was approximately a distance of 1km. I asked the auto guy to wait for me at the Gate number 1. A security guy noted down my passport number and visa number. Then he told me to visit the immigration department quickly. The auto guy knew the route and dropped me at the immigration department. From Gate number 1 to the immigration department it was 1km journey. So if you want to walk, you can. But I was tired. So I requested the auto guy to take me to the immigration department. Within 10 minutes, everything is done. Voila !

Then I crossed a bridge and reached the border of Myanmar. Upon reaching I filled a form at the immigration department of Myanmar. And after few minutes I got stamp on my passport. It was 5.30pm. One guy approached me to take me to Tamu town for Rs100. I agreed to his request. It was approximately 3km journey. To be continued…

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Pre-Loaded Sim Card For Tourists Arriving In India On E-Visa

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Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture, has  launched the initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for providing pre-loaded Sim Card to foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa in New Delhi.

Addressing on the occasion, he said that this unique initiative will facilitate the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately after their arrival in India. Earlier, the Ministry of Tourism had also launched a 24 x 7 Tourist Helpline 1800111363 in Twelve foreign languages so that the foreign tourists can get the required information in their own language. The minister presented the First Kit containing Sim to a representative of Travel and Tourism sector. Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Shri J.S. Deepak, Secretary, Ministry of Communications and senior officers were present on the occasion.

You can read more about the press release here.

Romanian Visa For Indian Travelers

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I can guide you on how to get a Romanian visa here.

Well, it is not easy for Indian tourists to get a Romanian visa notwithstanding the fact that the country is not yet part of the Schengen zone.

If you have an US/UK/Schengen visa, it might help you to get a tourist visa. If not, then expect the worst. If you are an individual and heading to Romania, then it is best to consult a travel agency. I will recommend Udaan India.

The information you get on the Romanian Embassy site is not sufficient.

I approached them with all valid documents, but they refused to accept it, saying I need a sticker on my visa application, which has to be generated electronically – a process only travel agents know. Besides, an invitation from your friend/family members is a must. Finally, I approached an agent and got my visa approved in 7 days.

So I would say it is better to approach a travel agent rather than depending on embassy officials.

Visa Openness Levels Continue To Progress

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been long advocating for the need to advance travel facilitation as a means to promote tourism development and multiply its socio-economic benefits. According to UNWTO’s latest Visa Openness Report, the share of tourists requiring to obtain a visa prior to traveling continues to decline and is at its lowest level ever. In 2015, 39% of the world population could travel for tourism without obtaining a traditional visa prior to departure as compared to only 23% in 2008.

On average, 18% of the world’s population was able to travel to a destination without a visa in 2015, while another 15% could receive a visa on arrival and 6% was able to obtain eVisas.

You can read more about the report here.