Myanmar to start accepting tourist e-visa applications; travel still not advised

Myanmar will now allow tourists to apply for visas, after keeping its borders closed for two years. As such, the country will soon allow tourists to travel to Myanmar. However, with the military coup related violence still rife in Myanmar, governments across the world still advise their citizens against all but essential travel to the country. Also, activists are urging foreigners to stay away in light of the junta’s continuous trouble.

Referring to this, the Immigration and Population Ministry stated that their online e-visa service will resume with effect from May 15, 2022, for tourist visa applications.


Reports have it that the move came after the country resumed operations of international commercial flights on April 17, and reopened its borders to international travelers.

Activist groups are now warning against the military’s vested interests in the country’s economy, including banks, mines, agriculture, petroleum, and tourism, meaning tourist dollars will also likely end up in the junta’s coffers. Referring to this, activist group
Justice for Myanmar stated that even if foreign visitors avoid hotels and transport owned by the Myanmar military and their associates, they will still fund the junta via visa fees, insurance and tax. They called on anyone planning a holiday in Myanmar to boycott.

Following decades of military rule, democracy was established in 2011, and opened up Myanmar to worldwide tourists, thereby gradually turning into a popular tourist destination for travelers across the world.

Reports also have it that the tourism sector suffered a hit due to the pandemic, whereas clashes between security forces and anti-coup fighters, following the military takeover, have further dented tourism business business, with many international firms pulling out of the nation.

  1. Why did Myanmar have a coup?
    In 1988, nationwide protests broke out in the country, and the civil unrest was sparked by economic mismanagement, leading Ne Win to step down. In September 1988, the military’s top leaders formed the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC), which then seized power.
  2. What is Myanmar known for?
    Myanmar, the official name of the Southeast Asian nation commonly known as Burma is a must-visit for all those who love beaches and natural beauty.
  3. Best time to visit Myanmar?
    Between October and May.

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