Myanmar resumes e-visa service for tourists

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Myanmar's tourist hot-spot Bagan.

Myanmar has resumed accepting tourist e-visa applications; more than two years after the country suspended the service. Arrivals must be fully vaccinated and present proof of having received a second COVID19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival.

They must also provide evidence of a negative COVID19 PCR test result from no more than 72 hours prior to departure and purchase a travel insurance policy covering COVID19 through Myanmar Insurance.

On arrival, all visitors must take a COVID19 rapid antigen test costing around 15,000 ks (USD 8). If negative, the traveller can continue their trip, 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 a return ticket from Myanmar and the hotel booking must be attached to the online visa application. Myanmar’s tourism industry has been battered by the pandemic and politics. Reopening the e-visa service for tourists is a small, yet very welcome step in reviving the extremely important tourism sector.