By- Correspondent | Date- October 26, 2011
The Government of Myanmar has decided to allow Indians living at the border areas conditional access to its territory without a visa required.
As confirmed by officials of the Mizoram Government, it was agreed that residents of four northeastern states, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh can now travel to up to 16 kms inside Myanmar without a passport or visa. However the maximum time period allowed for this free travel would be one week from the date of entry into Burmese territories.
India has already announced earlier this year allowing the citizens of Myanmar to travel up to 16 km inside the border at the same four states of Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. Mentionable that Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram share a 1,640 km-long border with Myanmar, often considered a vulnerable stretch because of dense forests, militant movements and trafficking.
The new rules are expected to make life easier for the tribal population on both sides of the border, as most communities share common or similar traditions, lifestyle and customs. The announcement is understood to have been one of the outcomes of the recent diplomatic visit by the prime minister of Myanmar to Indian along with his delegates.