Photo credit: ALEXANDER SCHIMMECK VIA UNSPLASH

Myanmar to reopen to international tourists from Apr 17

Myanmar’s border will open to foreign tourists after nearly two years.

Muhd Zahin Ilmi

Sports enthusiast and expert overthinker.

Published: 21 March 2022, 12:38 PM

Myanmar will reopen its border to all international passenger flights from Apr 17.

According to a report by AFP, the country’s National Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of Coronavirus Disease made the decision as the number of COVID-19 cases were falling. 

It added that the country wants to “improve the tourism business sector, and in order to have smooth trip for visitors who come to visit Myanmar”.

Visitors entering the country must be fully vaccinated and will be required to quarantine for a week and undergo two PCR tests, according to Myanmar’s Ministry of Health. 

 

Myanmar closed its borders to tourists two years ago in March 2020 at the start of COVID-19 pandemic. PHOTO CREDIT: SKYLER SMITH VIA UNSLPASH

 

The country’s initial plans to open the borders were delayed due to a coup last year. The coup sent Myanmar’s economy plummeting as many international firms pulled out of the country.

Myanmar’s tourism industry was also badly affected by COVID-19 as the country registered up to 40,000 COVID-19 cases daily at its peak last year, and has recorded nearly 20,000 deaths in total.

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