Two years after the country imposed a travel ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Myanmar is set to reopen for international tourists, starting April 17. Here’s what we know. By Anushka Goel
As the world slowly reopens for travel, Myanmar, too, has reopened its borders for international tourists. The country is set to welcome international passengers starting April 17, 2022. This will end the two-year-long ban on international travel that had begun due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, states a report in Bloomberg.
Myanmar to resume international flights for tourists
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After the flight ban was issued due to the pandemic, Myanmar was further isolated last year, after a coup saw huge protests and a blood-filled military crackdown on dissent, sending its economy (including its tourism industry) falling, reports The Hindu. “We will open all international flights on April 17, and can fly as regularly,” the National Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of Coronavirus Disease, stated in a release, citing falling COVID-19 infections, the news report adds.
This move has been made in order to improve the tourism sector and to have a smooth trip for visitors entering the nation, The Hindu‘s report states, adding that those who visit the country will have to be fully vaccinated and be in quarantine for a week, undergoing two PCR tests as well.
According to Bloomberg, this news comes after Myanmar’s Ministry of Industry announced the success of Myancopharm, a locally-produced COVID-19 vaccine, in cooperation with China National Pharmaceutical Group. The ministry plans to distribute 10 million doses of the vaccine in the upcoming fiscal year, and will begin distributions early next month, the report adds.
The country’s tourism industry was badly hit due to the pandemic, which only spiralled downwards after the protests broke out last year. Now, with Myanmar reopening international flights for tourists, there are hopes of some revival as people start to visit the country again.