Local carrier Air Mandalay halt services

Defunct airlines face lawsuit despite industry upturn

The government may sue two defunct airlines if they fail to pay their debts by May. Air Mandalay and Asian Wings Airways owe the government a combined MMK 93.72 million, or USD 64,400, deputy minister of Transport and Communications U Kyaw Myo told p

Myanmar quarantines 22 as coronavirus hits economy

The Ministry of Health and Sports has quarantined 22 people who have been in contact with a South Korean woman who tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. The woman was diagnosed with the disease in South Korea after having travelled to Malaysi

Govt. weighs total Chinese tourism ban

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MOHT) is considering a blanket ban on all visitors from China to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 73,000 people worldwide. If enacted, the ban would cap a series of

Coronavirus affects border trade

China is restricting travel in an attempt to curb the novel coronavirus outbreak, and the measures have dented cross-border trade with Myanmar. U Min Thein, Vice Chairman of the Muse Rice Wholesale Center, told The Irrawaddy that “95 percent of

Myanmar suspends Chinese visas on arrival amid coronavirus scare

At the time of writing, Myanmar has had no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus that has infected roughly 25,000 people in China, but the government is taking no chances. It has suspended flights from certain parts of China, blocking or quarantinin

Coronavirus scare hits Myanmar tourism

The coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 4000 people in China is driving tourists away from Asia, and Myanmar is no exception. Although no official release has been made that the virus has reached Myanmar, apparently the crisis in its lar