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Is Myanmar still safe to visit?

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Majority of country “safe” despite clashes in some areas
Tourists are being urged not to give up on Myanmar, despite travel advisories being issued as violent clashes continue in its northern Rakhine State. Some cancellations have already been seen.
On the ground, the anxious trade is sending out a ‘Myanmar is safe’ message. The conflict has led to several travel warnings against visiting historic Rakhine, where the troubles are mainly focused on the townships of Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung.
This week, Myanmar Tourism Marketing published a map from the UK Foreign Office highlighting green safe areas to visit in the country, with the main tourist hubs of Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake all well within safe parameters.
Border areas including Rakhine, Kachin Northern Shan are off-limits.
“We hope for a speedy and peaceful resolution of the situation in Northern Rakhine,” May Myat Mon Win, Myanmar Tourism Marketing chairwoman, said. “Meanwhile, we would like to assure travellers that Myanmar’s key tourist destinations and cities are safe.”
“The Myanmar government has always been very concerned about the safety of foreigners visiting the country and it is impossible to accidentally travel to a restricted area,” said Edwin Briels, managing director of Khiri Travel Myanmar. “I do think that Myanmar continues to be one of the safest places on earth to travel.”
He stressed that the “ethical thing” for tourists to do now is “not to give up on Myanmar”. “Continue to visit the country in a sustainable way to support all people from all races and religions,” he said.
TTG Asia

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