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Published on Monday, 04 February 2013 16:01
The extension in validity from three to five years and streamlined application process are resulting in a rise in the number of Myanmar citizens holding passports, with more than 200,000 passports issued last year, according to the Myanmar Passport Issuing Board.
The passports were almost evenly divided between genders, the board said. It also said that after application citizens waited only three weeks, on average, to receive their passport, down from an average wait of one month previously.
Passport officials said renewal passports for seamen were being issued within two weeks.
Seven types of passport are issued: visit, religious, work, student, dependent, seafarer and business. Validity was extended from three to five years last November but fees remained the same.
The government also opened a passport issuing office in Mandalay Region last July.