Myanmar closes airports for inbound international flights

Myanmar will ban all international passenger flights into its airports from March 30 as part of the country’s efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic.  The civil aviation authority said no international commercial passenger flights will be allowed to land in Myanmar at least for the next two weeks.

The Department of Civil Aviation said in a statement that it also suspends all landing permissions it previously granted. The ban is set to end April 13, but does not cover cargo planes or flights for medical evacuations or relief, while other incoming flights can still be “specially approved” by the department. 

Crew members from international flights are subject to quarantine requirements if they have to spend the night in the country. The suspension does not apply to local flights, the department said.

The move came shortly after Myanmar suspended issuing all kinds of entry visas till the end of April except to diplomats, UN officials and crews of ships and aircraft operating to and from Myanmar. The first cases of the virus were reported March 23, making Myanmar one of the last nations to declare the presence of the virus.

Foreigners already banned to enter the country

So far, eight people – seven of them with recent travel history to Europe and the US – tested positive for coronavirus as of March 29. But the country is bracing for worse as tens of thousands of its migrant workers from neighbooring countries continue to arrive.

The Myanmar government is facing public criticism for its slow response to deal with the massive influx of returnees. Health authorities have been on high alert after the World Health Organisation declared the virus a pandemic, but health workers have expressed concern over the poor health infrastructure in the country and the lack of equipment.



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Myanmar will ban all international passenger flights into its airports from March 30 as part of the country’s efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic.  The civil aviation authority said no international commercial passenger flights will be allowed to land in Myanmar at least for the next two weeks. The Department of Civil Aviation said in a statement that it also suspends all landing permissions it previously granted. The ban is set to end April 13, but does not cover cargo planes or flights for medical evacuations or relief, while other incoming flights can still be “specially approved” by...

Myanmar will ban all international passenger flights into its airports from March 30 as part of the country’s efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic.  The civil aviation authority said no international commercial passenger flights will be allowed to land in Myanmar at least for the next two weeks.

The Department of Civil Aviation said in a statement that it also suspends all landing permissions it previously granted. The ban is set to end April 13, but does not cover cargo planes or flights for medical evacuations or relief, while other incoming flights can still be “specially approved” by the department. 

Crew members from international flights are subject to quarantine requirements if they have to spend the night in the country. The suspension does not apply to local flights, the department said.

The move came shortly after Myanmar suspended issuing all kinds of entry visas till the end of April except to diplomats, UN officials and crews of ships and aircraft operating to and from Myanmar. The first cases of the virus were reported March 23, making Myanmar one of the last nations to declare the presence of the virus.

Foreigners already banned to enter the country

So far, eight people – seven of them with recent travel history to Europe and the US – tested positive for coronavirus as of March 29. But the country is bracing for worse as tens of thousands of its migrant workers from neighbooring countries continue to arrive.

The Myanmar government is facing public criticism for its slow response to deal with the massive influx of returnees. Health authorities have been on high alert after the World Health Organisation declared the virus a pandemic, but health workers have expressed concern over the poor health infrastructure in the country and the lack of equipment.



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