MYANMAR BURMA : Service centres for Myanmar migrant workers to open in border areas


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A one-stop service centre for Myanmar migrant workers whose visas have expired will be set up in December according to the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security.

The centres will open at the Myanmar embassy in Thailand, as well as in border towns such as Mai Sai (Tarchileik), Maesot (Myawaddy), Khttkhee, Mautaung, and Ranaung (Kawthaung).

“We are going to open one service centres in border areas like Tarchileik and Myawaddy,” said  an unnamed official of the Ministry.

The Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security will issue a red passport instead of previous temporary passport for Myanmar migrant workers with expired visas. The workers need to come to the centres at the respective border areas with their I.D cards and other necessary papers.

There are over 30,000 Myanmar migrant workers whose visas have expired according to the Migrant Worker Right Network.

For the Myanmar workers to continue working in Thailand, an agreement has been made with Myanmar and Thailand. The agreement on opening one-stop service centres for the migrant workers was discussed at a Myanmar–Thai workers coordination meeting held in October.

IMPORTANT!! Thailand to open temporary passport-issuing centres for Myanmar migrant workers

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The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security says that Thai authorities will open five temporary passport-issuing centres for Myanmar migrant workers whose visas in Thailand have expired.

The centres will be opened at the Myanmar Embassy to Thailand in Bangkok, and in Ranong, Chiang Mai, Maha Chaing, and Surat Thani, where most Myanmar migrant workers live.

“Five groups in Myanmar left for Thailand on September 14 to assign duties at five temporary passport-issuing centres. During this week, we are going to issue temporary passports to Myanmar migrant workers,” an official from the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security said.

Under a new agreement between Myanmar and the Thai government, Myanmar migrant workers who present their temporary passports to Thai authorities will be permitted to stay and work in the Kingdom. Moreover, Myanmar has asked Thailand’s Labour Ministry not to arrest Myanmar migrant workers whose visas have expired but to provide assistance to such workers when they are fined. According to the Migrant Workers Right Network, the bilateral agreement also allows Myanmar migrant workers who have resided in Thailand for three years to re-enter the country after staying one month in Myanmar.

Myanmar and Thai authorities were set to continue discussions on the matter this month.

According to the report of Thailand’s Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, temporary passports had been issued to 1.7 million Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand.

Meanwhile, there are more than 1,000 Myanmar migrant workers whose visas have expired but who are still working in Thailand. They are vulnerable to exploitation by the unscrupulous brokers they approach to extend their visas.

Apple’s first authorized store to be launched in Yangon





Apple’s first authorized reseller in Myanmar, ‘mDrive’ will this month open an Apple store on the first floor of Junction Mawtin Shopping Centre in Yangon, according to mDrive owner Myat Htoo.

Until now, Apple products have entered the country through the grey market, especially from Singapore and Thailand.

Apple sells its products worldwide through Apple Official Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers (AAR), and Apple Premium Resellers (APR).  Apple Official Stores are open in Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong in Asia. However, in Southeast Asia Apple usually appoints AAR and APR to reach its customers.

Apple has started with AAR to tap the Myanmar market. In the first Apple-authorized store by mDrive, Apple products except for iPhones and iPads will be available at the launch.

“Macs and iPhones are two separate brands in Apple. After the iPhone team completes its market analysis [for Myanmar], the iPhone and iPad will be offered,” Myat Htoo said.

The store will be designed and decorated according to Apple standards, he added. It will also sell iTune Gift Cards and offer free training to customers on how to make best use of Apple products.

ABSDF to open liaison office in Karen state

The All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) Secretary Sonny, told Mizzima on September 9 that they were having discussions with the Karen state government to open a liaison office in Myawaddy town in Karen state.

“We came here to discuss with the Karen state government for opening a liaison office in Myawaddy as the first step. We met political groups, 88-Generation students and some political parties. Things are going on well,” he added.

Opening an ABSDF liaison office in Myawaddy was one of the points agreed upon between the state government and ABSDF on August 5. The agreement proposes further discussions at union level and opening up more liaison offices.


မကဒတ ဥကၠဌ ရဲေဘာ္သံခဲ မကဒတ ေျမာက္ပိုင္း သို႔ ေရာက္ရွိ။



Four Thai-Myanmar border crossings to be opened on August 28တာခ်ီလိတ္-မယ္ဆိုင္ ရႈခင္းေလးေတြပါ… တာခ်ီလိတ္ ဘက္ကမ္း



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Myanmar and Thai citizens, as well as foreign tourists, will be allowed to pass through four Thai-Myanmar border checkpoints, including Myawady, starting from August 28, an official said.

“We have received instructions to allow Thai citizens and foreign tourists to pass through all four border checkpoints on August 28. The remarkable thing is that Myanmar citizens with visas and passports will also be allowed to visit [Thailand] through the border crossings,” said an official from the Immigration and National Registration Department of Myawady District.

The four checkpoints include Tarchileik-Mae Sai, Myawady-Mae Sot, Kawthaung-Ranong and Htee Khee-Sunaron.  Fine will be imposed if their visa expired.

Foreign visitors using the border crossings can depart from Myanmar through any official gateways including Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw, and Mandalay.

The government has amended its list of restricted areas after an improvement in rules of law and stability in the country.

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Immigration officials :3 Myanmar-Thai border checkpoints will be open to foreign visitors for entry and exit as of August

updated 28.august 2013

Thai-Myanmar border gates will be designated as official international border gates as of August 28 this year, according to Myanmar’s Ministry of Immigration and Population.
This will allow Thai citizens and foreign tourists with – valid passports – to enter Myanmar by land and depart from other official gateways including Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay.
A bilateral agreement between the two countries will create official gates at Tarchileik-Mae Sai, Myawady-Mae Sot, Kawthaung-Ranong and Htee Khee-Sunaron. 
No official changes have yet been made concerning length of stay, renewal of visa, and visa fees. And –  visa-on-arrival will still not be available at the border gates    -due to the current security situation, officials said.
Visitors can visit anywhere in the country except restricted areas released in this January by Ministry of Home Affairs. The list of the restricted areas can be acquired at any of the border gates.



နယ္စပ္ဂိတ္ ဝင္/ထြက္ခြင့္ျပဳျခင္း ဖြင့္ပြဲအခမ္းအနား က်င္းပ
နယ္စပ္ဂိတ္ ဝင္/ထြက္ခြင့္ျပဳျခင္း ဖြင့္ပြဲအခမ္းအနား က်င္းပ

Myanmar will allow visitors using the border crossings of Tarchileik, Myawady and Kawthaung via Thailand to go anywhere except restricted areas starting in August, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Information.Overland travellers, who must have a current passport and visa, can now cross the border everyday between 6.30am to and 6.30pm. The immigration checkpoints are located at Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge crossing Moei River. Myawaddy, a small township sitting opposite Mae Sot district, is the gateway to Kayin and Mon states.

The allowance aims to increase the arrival of foreign travellers. In the announcement, the Ministry of Information stated that visitors can go anywhere except where there are security concerns and depart from any exits which the government allows.

According to the bilateral agreement between Myanmar and Thailand for border crossing, the official entrance and exits are Tarchileik-Mae Sai, Myawady-Mae Sot and Kawthaung-Ranong.

Aung Win Thein, Department Head of Immigration Administration and National Registration of Myawady district said that as the government reduces the restriction, the job opportunities and tourism industry will show a good signs of improvement.