At least 10,000 now unemployed in Yangon garment sector

At least 20 out of the 500 factories in Myanmar have shut down, leaving more than 10,000 potentially unemployed as a result of COVID-19. Most of the factories are in the garment manufacturing sector. Due to disruptions in the raw material supply chain from China since January, 15 factories have permanently ceased operations, while another […]

Foreign Arrivals to Thailand Require Medical Certificate, $100K Insurance for COVID-19

The Myanmar Consulate General in Chiang Mai has urged Myanmar citizens to follow Thailand’s new requirement that foreigners present a medical certificate showing they are free of COVID-19 as well as proof of health insurance upon arriving in the country. Thailand has recorded one death from COVID-19 since the outbreak started in China’s Wuhan City […]

Additional Precautionary Restrictions for travellers visiting Myanmar To Prevent Spread of COVID-19

1. With a view to preventing importation and spread of COVID-19, the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is obliged to take additional precautionary measures to control and limit the risk that travellers from countries with very high numbers of cases may pose to the populations in Myanmar. 2. The following additional […]

Myanmar Unveils $70-Million Stimulus Package to Ease Economic Blow From Virus

YANGON—The Myanmar government has announced an initial stimulus package to cushion the impact of COVID-19 on the country’s economy, including 100 billion kyats (nearly US$70 million) worth of loans, eased deadlines for tax payments, and tax exemptions for Myanmar-owned businesses that have been hit by the global pandemic. In the announcement on Wednesday the government […]

Myanmar Tour Guides Object to Granting Entry to Chinese Tourists With Health Notes

MANDALAY—The Mandalay Tourist Guide Society (MTGS) on Monday opposed any move to allow mainland Chinese tourists who have health clearance letters to enter the country, as the death toll from COVID19, also known as the novel coronavirus, reached 1,770 in China. The idea of obtaining health assurance letters from Chinese tourists as a condition of […]