Myanmar will now allow tourists to apply for visas after keeping its borders closed for two years. In such a situation, the country will soon allow tourists to travel to Myanmar.
Although violence related to the military coup is still rampant in Myanmar, governments around the world still advise their citizens against all but essential travel to the country.
At the same time, activists are urging foreigners to stay away from the junta’s continuing trouble.
Referring to this, the Ministry of Immigration and Population said that their online e-visa service for tourist visa applications will resume from May 15, 2022.
Reports said that the move comes after the country resumed operations of international commercial flights on April 17 and reopened its borders for international passengers.
Activist groups are now warning against the military’s vested interests in the country’s economy, which includes banks, mines, agriculture, petroleum and tourism, meaning tourist dollars are also likely to end up in the junta’s coffers.
Referring to this, activist group Justice for Myanmar said that even if foreign visitors avoid hotels and transport owned by the Myanmar military and their allies, they will fund the junta through visa fees, insurance and taxes. He called on anyone planning a holiday in Myanmar to boycott it.
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Democracy was established in 2011, after decades of military rule, and opened up Myanmar to tourists from around the world, gradually turning it into a popular tourist destination for travellers from all over the world.
Reports also said that the tourism sector has suffered due to the pandemic, while clashes between security forces and anti-coup fighters following the military takeover have further affected the tourism business, with many international companies exiting the country.