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ASEAN Expected to Sign Visa Exemption Agreement


Member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expected to sign an agreement later this month that will allow their citizens to travel throughout the region without visas.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said Tuesday the Framework Agreement on Visa Exception will let people from ASEAN countries visit other member nations for up to two weeks without a visa.

Burma and Laos, which have very restrictive visa laws, reportedly will sign the agreement.

The communist government of Laos requires all foreign visitors to have a visa before entering the country, but has exemption agreements with Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore. Military-ruled Burma currently does not allow any foreigner
to enter the country without a visa.

Most of the 10 ASEAN member countries already have visa exemption agreements.

The visa exemption is one of four key agreements expected to be signed at the ASEAN ministerial meeting, which begins July 23rd in Kuala Lumpur.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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