Myanmar Looks To Reopen Borders

Despite ongoing troubles associated with the military coup earlier this year, Myanmar is planning on reopening a number of its land borders prior to the resumption of international flights.

Main picture Sule Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar credit Jason Eppink on flickr

Maung Maung Ohn, the Myanmar Minister of Information has stated that restrictions will be eased at Tachileik, Kawthaung and Htee Kee, which border Thailand and Muse which borders Ruili city in China’s Yunnan Province by January 2022.

From a tourism point of view the reopening of land bordrrs with Thailand could be key to attracting visitors although that will be heavily dependent on tourist numbers in Thailand, the countries bilateral quarantine conditions and traveller confidence in returning to Myanmar.

“Air travel is important to facilitate the return of Myanmar citizens, expatriates, aid and development workers, and international business travel. We must ensure that hotels, transportation, health facilities, airports and airline operators are ready to meet the standard operating procedures. We will keep various embassies informed of progress.

Once our vaccination programme reaches targets and if global infection rates drop, we intend to resume international air travel in the first quarter of 2022.

This will benefit not just tourism but also commercial activity and bilateral social, cultural and development activities and exchanges. In recent months, we have received substantial foreign interest in investments and business opportunities. These parties are eager to travel to Myanmar to conclude transactions.”

Maung Maung Ohn, Myanmar Minister of Information

Thailand has however been targetting “high-value” visitors as part of its reopening process and it may be some time before backpacker numbers start to significantly increase. Prior to the pandemic a high proportion of travellers utilising the land border were backpackers exploring the region.

Propspective visitors will also need reassurance that they will be safe in the country, facilities will be open and that they will not be affected by any future internal political upheavals.

Source: TTGAsia

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