Thailand and Myanmar will sign a visa-exemption agreement during a meeting of ministers in late November, according to a Thai Foreign Ministry official.
The agreement will be signed at the Thai-Myanmar Joint Commission meeting set for Nov 21-23, said an official close to the issue, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul will rubberstamp the agreement with his Myanmar counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin, the official said.
The Myanmar Times earlier reported that the agreement would be signed during a visit to Myanmar by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra this month.
But the Thai official said Ms Yingluck had no plans to visit the neighbouring country in November and will next go to Myanmar for the opening ceremony of the Southeast Asian Games on Dec 11.
The games runs until Dec 22 at venues across Myanmar including Nya Pyi Taw and Yangon.
The visa-free arrangement will take effect immediately after the two countries sign it.
It was approved in principle by the cabinet on Oct 15 and will allow Thai and Myanmar visitors mutual visa-free entry to each country for up to 14 days if they travel by air. Border crossings by land are not included.
Myanmar is the only country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations which requires Thai visitors making a short visit to obtain a visa first.
The visa-free plan between Thailand and Myanmar will cover travellers from the two countries using 23 designated Thai airports - Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Phuket, Nan, Phitsanulok, Mae Sot, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Krabi, Trang, Narathiwat, Ranong, Surat Thani, Hua Hin, Samui, Sukhothai and U-tapao.
Thai Airways International, Thai AirAsia and Bangkok Airways fly to Yangon, Nya Pyi Taw and Mandalay from Bangkok. Nok Air also services regular flights from Mae Sot to Yangon and Mawlamyine. It will launch flights to Yangon on Nov 1.
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