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Myanmar issues guidelines before international flight resumption

YANGON (XINHUA) – Myanmar issued guidelines for incoming international travellers ahead of the resumption of international flights, according to Myanmar’s Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday.

All incoming travellers must present proof of vaccination with an MoH-approved vaccine and a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report of a test conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, children below the age of six who are travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians are exempted from these requirements, it said. The ministry said in the guidelines that foreigners must present COVID-19 medical insurance purchased from Myanmar Insurance before entering Myanmar.

As per the guidelines, each passenger must also submit a health declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution if found otherwise.

All incoming travellers must stay at designated hotels to wait for the RT-PCR test result sent by the Health Ministry within 24 hours, it said.

If the symptoms of COVID-19 are found during their stay in Myanmar, the travellers will be immediately isolated and taken to medical facilities as per health protocol.

Arrivals in Myanmar without proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report must only be allowed by relief flights and shall fulfil the quarantine and testing requirements of international travellers to Myanmar, it said. The ministry further said foreigners are not allowed to take relief flights starting from Sunday.

It said international travellers must enter Myanmar only through Yangon International Airport, and foreigners will not be allowed to transit through the country.

State guests or foreign delegates may seek exemptions from the requirements by submitting a request letter to the related ministries at least five working days before the arrival date, it said.

The ministry added that foreign aircrew who need a layover in Myanmar are subject to self-isolation at designated hotels as per respective health protocols.

The requirements will come into effect from Sunday when the country is set to re-open international commercial flights operations.

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