Myanmar to resume issuing international travel visas

Myanmar has announced it will resume issuing visas to international travelers as part of an effort to help its tourism industry, which has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to The Associated Press, Myanmar government officials have revealed that they will start issuing tourist “e-Visas” on May 15, which can be accessed and approved online. The decision comes after the country welcomed international commercial flights again on April 17.

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To apply, travelers must present proof of vaccination against COVID-19, negative results of a PCR test taken before their flight and an applicable travel insurance policy. Upon arrival, visitors must take a quick ATK test.

Before the pandemic, Myanmar welcomed 4.36 million visitor arrivals in 2019, but the country shut down international tourism due to rising infections. The government is following most Southeast Asian countries that have already reopened to travellers.

Despite the country reopening to tourism, the United States Department of State has issued a Level 4 travel advisory for the country due to “areas of civil unrest and armed conflict” as the country is currently involved in clashes between the army-led government and the resistance. groups.

The State Department is also advising American tourists to “reconsider travel to Burma due to COVID-19 restrictions.”

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