New casino legislation to be introduced

10 May 2019
New casino legislation to be introduced
A man walks past an advertising for a casino at a roadside in Panghsang, also called Pang Kham of autonomous Wa region, north-eastern Myanmar, 15 April 2019. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Myanmar’s government aims to introduce new casino legislation which will legalise and regulate the country’s land-based market this May. However, it remains unclear if the new law will apply to the self-administered zones on the border, casino-review reported.
Myanmar’s land-based casino market is set to open with the enactment of the country’s new 2018 Gambling Law in May, which will be replacing the existing 1986 legislation.

The updated law was drafted in 2017, following a requested from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism to the Ministry of Home Affairs to allow casinos to operate as a service industry for foreigners in selected hotels.

While casinos are not officially permitted in Myanmar, some already operate in border areas such as Taninthayi and Myawaddy, and in the Wa and Kokang self-administered zones.

According to the report, only foreigners will be permitted to gamble in the new casinos.