Myanmar to reopen border in early 2022

Monitor Desk Report Date: 18 November, 2021 | 285 Views

Myanmar has planned to reopen its land border crossings with China and Thailand next month ahead of a planned resumption of international air travel by 1Q2022.
The Ministry of Information said, the decision comes as vaccination rates have improved significantly amid clear signs of economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Maung Maung Ohn, minister of information, said travel restrictions will be eased by January 2022 at Muse which borders Ruili city in China’s Yunnan Province and at the three Myanmar towns of Tachileik, Kawthaung and Htee Kee which border Thailand.
Travel at border crossings with Laos, India and Bangladesh are currently permitted due to lower incidences of infection.
According to the statement, the government continues to receive vaccines mainly from China through donations and national procurement programmes.
The minister also said the government is cautiously assessing infection rates abroad ahead of the European winter. “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 said.
He added: “Myanmar is recovering from challenges of a health pandemic, an economic downturn and social and political disturbances. 
The vaccination programme and the economic recovery efforts are gaining momentum… Business confidence is returning especially in major cities where religious activities recently have all been well attended.
The resumption of air travel will be an important catalyst for tourism, the return of foreign investments and international business activities.”
As of November 12, the country has recorded a total of 511,717 cases of infection and 18,899 deaths due to Covid-19.

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