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Travel ban worry in Myanmar

INTERNATIONAL passenger flights may only resume operations by October, causing great concern to those in the travel industry in Myanmar. Myanmar vice-president Henry Van Thio said it was unlikely for the country to allow this until the end of the third quarter of this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thio said this in the […]

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 […]

Myanmar Govt Asks Tour Operators to Suspend Travel Services for Chinese Visitors

YANGON—Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MOHT) has asked travel companies and tour operators to temporarily stop providing services to Chinese travelers planning to visit Myanmar, amid growing concern over the coronavirus outbreak. A deputy director of the ministry, U Aung Aye Han, told The Irrawaddy, “We warned them [travel companies] to stop offering all […]

Tour bookings cancelled in Myanmar as virus spreads

Tourists are cancelling bookings with Myanmar tour companies as cases of coronavirus spread around the world, tour operators said Sunday. U Myo Yee, of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association in Mandalay, said cancellations have come from around the world, not just China, where the outbreak of the disease started earlier this month. “I think […]

Explained: Why the flight service from Imphal to Mandalay is important

A chartered flight service from Mandalay in Myanmar to Imphal in Manipur will be operational thrice a month. What exactly is this service, and why is it important? Last week, Myanmar’s private airlines Air KBZ kicked off a chartered flight service from Manipur’s state capital Imphal to Myanmar’s second-largest city Mandalay. On the inaugural flight […]

Myanmar gives more tourists visa-on-arrival access in move to open up

Tourists from Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Russia have been given visa-on-arrival access for US$50 each at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports. Starting from October 1, passport holders from the six countries will no longer require pre-arranged approval, the authorities said. “We hope the new regulations to ease access to Myanmar […]

Thandwe in Rakhine to receive international-airport status

The government has approved the upgrade of a local airport in Thandwe, Rakhine State to international status, said U Kyaw Aye Thein, Rakhine State Planning and Finance Minister. The decision was made at the Union level after the Rakhine State Government submitted the request to upgrade, he said. The authorities were responding to private sector […]

3 businesses with operations in this fast-growing asian country

Myanmar is considered the “final frontier” in Asia — both literally and metaphorically — as it is one of the last countries within Asia to open its doors to foreign investors in recent years. In the last decade or so, countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos have opened up to the outside world, and […]

Air KBZ to resume Myeik, Sittwe flights

Air KBZ will resume flights to Myeik and Sittwe from May 1 onwards. The airline had suspended flights to Myeik for three years and to Sittwe for one. It will now resume flights on these routes on the back of higher demand. Domestic tour operators confirmed that the number of local visitors to Mergui Archipelago […]

Telenor Myanmar to expand 4G network, human capitalCorporate

In respond to the constraints of mobile data availability beyond the major cities in Myanmar, Telenor Myanmar will continue to expand its 4G rollout and the company’s teams of representatives, said chief executive Sharad Mehrotra. Mehrotra said at the 6th Sustainable Business Briefing on Friday that the firm would focus on improving mobile connectivity through […]