Myanmar officially virus-free despite lockdown

Myanmar remains one of the only countries in Asia with no official cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Nevertheless, the country has redoubled its prevention efforts, banning travelers from the hardest-hit countries and pouring resources into domestic

Myanmar halts cruise ship amid coronavirus scare

Myanmar blocked a cruise ship carrying more than 400 passengers after it docked in Thailand and other countries with confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus. The ship, which is operated by Silversea Cruises, had previously landed in Phuket, Thailand

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