The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism announced a COVID-19 Tourism Relief Plan to rebuild Myanmar’s tourism industry in three phases from April 2020 to January 2021.
Phase 1 of the COVID-19 Tourism Relief Plan has started in April, providing low-interest loans to businesses including tour operators. Phase 2 of the plan which the government will work with neighboring countries; Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam to introduce regional tourism services will begin between June and August. Phase 3 of the plan, which will take place from August to January 2021, include the easing of travel restrictions, visa exemptions and boosting local travel and tourism infrastructure and upgrading popular tourist destinations.
The number of visitors to Myanmar dropped by 44% from January to April. Although most domestic airlines have resumed flights, Myanmar remains closed to foreign tourists with an international flight until June 15, 2020.