Businessmen and conference attendees will be granted visas on arrival in Myanmar from Friday.

Immigration Department Director-General Maung Maung Than said the visas will cost $50 but not be available for tourists. He said the visas will be available to nationals of 27 countries including the U.K. and the U.S.

Myanmar introduced visas-on-arrival in 2010 but suspended the service before that year's general election.

The service will first be available at the country's main entry point, Yangon International Airport, and later in Mandalay and the capital, Naypyitaw.

Maung Maung Than also said a blacklist was updated to bar those who violated visa agreements, criminals and people banned by other government ministries. Critics of military rule often were banned.