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Visa-free entry to Myanmar for Filipinos to be effective in January

MANILA, Philippines -- Filipinos can visit Myanmar without a visa starting early next year when the agreement between the Philippines and Myanmar on visa-free entry takes effect, the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.

With the pact, Filipino nationals holding ordinary passports may now enter Myanmar without a visa and stay there for up to 14 days beginning Jan. 4 next year, the department said.

"The visa-free entry agreement is expected to boost tourism, trade and investment between the Philippines and Myanmar," it said.

During Myanmar President U Thein Sein's state visit to the Philippines last Dec. 5, the two governments signed the Visa Exemption for Holders of Ordinary Passports.

The Philippines has already granted Myanmar nationals a 30-day visa-free privilege under the Executive Order 408, which was signed in 1960.

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