- CURRENT NEWS / Asia
- 27 April 2022
As of 17 April 2022, Myanmar is welcoming international passenger flights after a two-year travel ban.
It’s hoped the country will open to international yachts for the 2023 season, reports Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS) Co-Founder Gordon Fernandes, noting foreign-flagged yachts are not yet allowed to enter.
Until now, only foreigners with compelling reasons to travel could get entry permission from the Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As Myanmar’s borders reopen, tourists must still follow COVID entry procedures, states the National Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of Coronavirus Disease.
A spokesperson for the committee reported that the decision was taken “to improve the tourism sector, along with having a smooth trip for visitors who come to visit Myanmar.”
The health ministry also said that as of now, only fully vaccinated tourists are allowed to enter the country. Foreign-flagged yachts interested in visiting Myanmar will be kept well advised by APS.
Looking ahead to the 2023 season and a reopening to international yacht visitors, Fernandes notes the yachting season’s weather conditions will be perfect.
“December to February offers the most beautiful and comfortable conditions – warm, sunny weather, steady winds and calm seas,” says Fernandes.
“There’s less wind and higher temperatures in March and April, which makes for clearer waters. It’s the best time for diving and snorkelling among the hundreds of uninhabited islands.”
The Mergui Archipelago and ancient culture offers an adventurous journey and magnificent cruising. Located in far southern Myanmar, the archipelago is part of the Tanintharyi Region, consisting of more than 800 islands, varying in size from very small to hundreds of square kilometres.
All islands lie in the Andaman Sea off the western shore of the Malay Peninsula near its landward (northern) end, where it joins the rest of Indochina.
Since the two-year ban was imposed, violent crime against tourists and petty theft in Myanmar are virtually unheard of. People have been able to walk around safely at any time of the day, though there is always the possibility of civil unrest.
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