People attend a ceremony during the traditional festival of Tazaungdaing at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 18, 2021. (Xinhua/U Aung)
Myanmar issues guidelines for inbound international travelers ahead of resuming international flights on April 17.
YANGON, April 12 (Xinhua) — Myanmar issued guidelines for inbound international travelers on Monday ahead of the resumption of international flights, the health ministry said Monday.
All inbound travelers must present proof of vaccination with a vaccine approved by the Ministry of Health and a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report from a test taken within 72 hours before embarking on the trip, the ministry said. .
Meanwhile, children under 6 traveling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians are exempt from these requirements, he 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 regarding the authenticity of the report and will be subject to criminal prosecution if found otherwise.
All inbound travelers must stay at designated hotels to await the RT-PCR test result sent by the Health Ministry within 24 hours, he said.
If symptoms of COVID-19 are discovered while in Myanmar, travelers should be immediately isolated and taken to medical facilities in accordance with health protocol.
Airliners of Myanmar National Airlines are seen at the international airport in Yangon, Myanmar, Dec. 16, 2020. (Xinhua/U Aung)
Arrivals in Myanmar without proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report will only be permitted on relief flights and will need to meet quarantine and testing requirements for international travelers to Myanmar, he said.
The ministry further said that foreigners will not be allowed to take relief flights from Sunday.
He said international travelers would only enter Myanmar through Yangon International Airport and foreigners would not be allowed to transit through the country.
In-state guests or foreign delegates can request exemptions from the requirements by submitting a request letter to relevant government departments at least five working days before the arrival date, he said.
The ministry added that foreign crews who need a layover in Myanmar are subject to self-isolation in designated hotels in accordance with respective health protocols.
The requirements will come into effect from April 17, when the country is set to reopen international commercial flight operations.
Staff members work on a COVID-19 vaccine production line at Myanmar Pharmaceutical Industry in Yangon, Myanmar, March 23, 2022. Myanmar started production of Myancopharm COVID-19 vaccines here on the same day at the pharmaceutical industry in Myanmar in collaboration with China. (Xinhua/U Aung)
Over 51.53 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in Myanmar as of April 9, with over 22.23 million people fully immunized, according to the latest available official data.
Myanmar’s COVID-19 tally rose to 612,341 on April 10, including 63 new cases, its health ministry reported. ■