Myanmar remains closed for international flights until at least October

Myanmar’s airports will not allow international commercial flights in or out until at least October, the Irrawaddy online news channel cited the vice-president of the country’s National Tourism Development Central Committee, Henry Van Thio, as saying.

Even after an opening, international flights will be restricted to routes serving neighbouring cities in Southeast Asia and later countries across Asia, the report said.

Most of the first flights are expected to be repatriation flights as hundreds of Myanmar citizens are still overseas waiting for an opportunity to return home. There is also a sizeable number of foreign tourists stranded in the country since March 31 when the ban was enforced, also still waiting for return flights to their home countries.

Domestic flights limited to residents only

Currently, domestic flights are operating in Myanmar but are restricted to Myanmar citizens and foreign residents registered in the country. Among others, only freight, medical evacuation and special flights – including a few repatriation flights bringing Myanmar citizens back from Thailand, Singapore, India and South Korea – are being approved by the civil aviation department in Myanmar at this stage.

An initially proposed approval of direct corridor flights to and from Thailand and Vietnam with passengers exempt from the 14-day quarantine rule has been scrapped over fears of second and third wave infections in countries such as Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Australia, making it almost impossible to find low-risk countries to establish a partnership.

Myanmar has reported 331 Covid-19 cases, six deaths and 261 recovered, but very little testing has taken place in the country.

Myanmar’s airports will not allow international commercial flights in or out until at least October, the Irrawaddy online news channel cited the vice-president of the country’s National Tourism Development Central Committee, Henry Van Thio, as saying. Even after an opening, international flights will be restricted to routes serving neighbouring cities in Southeast Asia and later countries across Asia, the report said. Most of the first flights are expected to be repatriation flights as hundreds of Myanmar citizens are still overseas waiting for an opportunity to return home. There is also a sizeable number of foreign tourists stranded in the country...

Myanmar’s airports will not allow international commercial flights in or out until at least October, the Irrawaddy online news channel cited the vice-president of the country’s National Tourism Development Central Committee, Henry Van Thio, as saying.

Even after an opening, international flights will be restricted to routes serving neighbouring cities in Southeast Asia and later countries across Asia, the report said.

Most of the first flights are expected to be repatriation flights as hundreds of Myanmar citizens are still overseas waiting for an opportunity to return home. There is also a sizeable number of foreign tourists stranded in the country since March 31 when the ban was enforced, also still waiting for return flights to their home countries.

Domestic flights limited to residents only

Currently, domestic flights are operating in Myanmar but are restricted to Myanmar citizens and foreign residents registered in the country. Among others, only freight, medical evacuation and special flights – including a few repatriation flights bringing Myanmar citizens back from Thailand, Singapore, India and South Korea – are being approved by the civil aviation department in Myanmar at this stage.

An initially proposed approval of direct corridor flights to and from Thailand and Vietnam with passengers exempt from the 14-day quarantine rule has been scrapped over fears of second and third wave infections in countries such as Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Australia, making it almost impossible to find low-risk countries to establish a partnership.

Myanmar has reported 331 Covid-19 cases, six deaths and 261 recovered, but very little testing has taken place in the country.

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