Military eyes reopening Myanmar to vacationers, shadow authorities says “stay away”

The State Administrative Council beneath the Myanmar army junta on Tuesday stated it’s going to reopen the country by next month, starting with border crossings with China and Thailand, forward of a scheduled resumption of welcoming international vacationers within the second quarter of 2022.
It comes amid continued inside clashes between civilian and navy troops in the aftermath of the navy coup on February 1.
Even though many foreign traders and companies had already departed Myanmar, similar to Norway’s Telenor group, the military-appointed Minister of Information Maung Maung Ohn claimed it was the first transfer to open the door for further worldwide investments and enterprise revival.
In July, the World Bank stated Myanmar’s economy is predicted to break down by roughly 18 % in Myanmar’s fiscal yr 2021 (Oct 2020-Sept 2021), with negative penalties for lives, livelihoods, poverty, and future development.
A statement on the Ministry of Information’s web site says “travel restrictions will be eased at Muse which borders China’s Ruili, and Tachileik, Kawthaung, and Htee Kee, which border Thailand.”
During the interview with The Straits Times, Maung Maung Ohn mentioned major vacationer locations corresponding to Bagan, Inle Lake, Ngapali, Chaungtha and Ngwe Saung beaches have been designated for guests, with the military and police pressure ensuring their safety.
He additionally said that Covid-19 is not an issue in Myanmar, claiming that the federal government continues to get vaccines, mostly from China and different donors, and that immunisation charges have “much improved”.
Meanwhile, Myanmar’s parallel government warned tourists to stay away from the nation as it’s in whole chaos as every day bombings and shootings happen nationwide in the wake of a “defensive war” in opposition to the army junta by civilian forces in early September.
Comprehensive are being slaughtered, raped, jailed, and their houses and belongings are being confiscated or destroyed. This isn’t the time to go sightseeing,” Tin Tun Naing, minister for planning, finance, and funding from the National Unity Government’s (NUG) informed the newspaper..

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