According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar, the country is rolling out plans to resume international tourism and welcome foreign tourists from early 2022. The government has confirmed that the reopened will be phased and in the first phase, Myanmar expects to receive visitors from regional countries first followed by visitors from other countries through air bubble, travel agreements and other similar plans. In that direction, land border crossings with Thailand and China will reopen in December ahead of a resumption of international air travel by the end of first quarter of 2022.
Last year in March, the country has suspended international flight and all kinds of visas for foreign travellers due to the fear of rising Covid-19 cases, however evacuation, repatriation, medical and special flights were allowed.
According to a statement, The Myanmar Minister of Information, Maung Maung Ohn, said, “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.” He further said that travel guidelines and visa rules will be announced in January for reopening for international flights and arrival requirements, including quarantine and testing norms.
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism had launched a Covid-19 Tourism Relief Plan in 2020 to put revival of tourism in motion with the introduction of health and safety protocols for tourism-related businesses. A total of 1,228 out of total 2,259 licensed hotels and guesthouses are currently operational.
Before the pandemic, in 2019, the largest inflows of tourists to the country came from China and Thailand. China accounted for 39 per cent and Thailand 14 per cent of the total number of international tourists to Myanmar, according to data provided by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.