Myanmar Closes All Land Borders to Foreigners

Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday the closure of all border checkpoints to foreign tourists as a preventative measure against the coronavirus.

It said it had “temporarily suspended the entry of foreign nationals through any border checkpoint” until further notice.

The Indian border at Moreh-Tamu and Zokhawtar-Rikhawdar was already closed earlier this month.

The border checkpoints with China in Kachin State and northern Shan State and those with Thailand and Laos will now close.

Although COVID-19 has caused several thousand deaths globally, Myanmar has not confirmed any coronavirus cases yet.

Residents from both sides with border passes can still cross the border but health checks and body temperature screening would be enforced in both directions, the ministry said.