Thailand-Myanmar land border in Chiang Rai reopens after 3-year closure

The Thailand-Myanmar land border at the Maesai Border Checkpoint in the northern province of Chaing Rai reopened yesterday after being closed for 3 years as a end result of Covid-19. Thais and foreigners who need to go to Myanmar want to show a vaccine certificate or Covid check.
Maesai Border Checkpoint and Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge 1, which join Chiang Rai province in Thailand with Thachileik district in Myanmar, have been closed since March 23, 2020. Only Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge 2 was left open to transport products between the two international locations.
The reopening ceremony yesterday at 7am was attended by the Chiang Rai Governor, Somwang Boonrayong, and the Thachileik Governor, U Min Nai.
Somwang stated that the border is currently being tested and is open for 12 hours per day, ranging from 6.30am to 6.30pm. Surge anticipates that within a month, the opening time might be extended to 9pm. The authorities purpose to evaluate the scenario in Myanmar to find a way to guarantee the security of travellers earlier than resuming normal operations on the checkpoint.
According to Somwang, the border closure had a negative impression on the economies of each Thailand and Myanmar, and its reopening is a optimistic indication of growth for the economic system in addition to the friendship between the 2 international locations.
The Maesai District Chief, Narongpon Kid-an, made it known to the basic public that Thai people or foreigners who want to visit Myanmar by way of the border must obtain a brief border pass by visiting the Maesai District Office or submitting a passport at the Chiang Rai Immigration Office.
Visitors must submit a vaccine certificates or ATK test results from a hospital to achieve permission and a border move. The authorities from the Thachileik district emphasised that they’d not receive any digital documents. So, guests must prepare the printed version of their vaccine certificates and Covid take a look at end result.
According to Thai officers, these guidelines and practices would be in impact for one month through the trial period. More conferences can be held to debate the next steps..

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