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Myanmar reopens e-visas to tourists after 2 years

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Thu, 05/26/2022 - 11:54
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Arrivals must be fully vaccinated and present proof of a second Covid dose at least 14 days prior to arrival.

Myanmar resumed accepting tourist e-visa applications starting on 20th May, more than two years after the country suspended all new e-visa applications. Commercial flights for business travelers resumed in April.

At this first stage of reopening, Myanmar is still maintaining pandemic protocols including vaccine certification, PCR testing and local medical insurance through Myanmar Insurance.

Arrivals must be fully vaccinated and present proof of a second Covid dose at least 14 days prior to arrival.  They must also provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result from no more than 72 hours prior to departure and purchase a travel insurance policy covering Covid 19 through Myanmar Insurance.

On arrival, all visitors must take a Covid rapid antigen test costing around 15000 ks (USD 8). If negative, they can continue their travel but if positive they must be isolated in a designated government hospital or hotel which is covered by the health insurance purchased.

Visitors also need proof of return ticket from Myanmar and hotel booking must be attached to the online visa application.

Myanmar’s tourism industry was battered by the pandemic and politics. Even with this double crisis, the resilience shown by Myanmar’s people is remarkable. Reopening the e-visa facility will revive the tourism sector a bit, but this year will be challenging.

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