Relief flight arrangement for Myanmar citizens travelling abroad for urgent matters

1. The Union Government has been organizing relief flights for Myanmar citizens to return from overseas amid the suspension of international flights due to COVID-19 and prevention and containment measures against the disease implemented by the host country. However, Myanmar citizens who need to travel abroad for urgent matters are also facing difficulties.
2. Thus, the Union Government will be organizing relief flights and special flights abroad for the following purposes: citizens with emergency medical treatment or surgical appointments abroad, citizens and seamen required to return to overseas workplaces on time, scholars and students going abroad for studies either on government or personal programmes, and other urgent matters.
3. The following arrangements have been made for Myanmar citizens travelling abroad for urgent matters:
a) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Transport and Communications will coordinate and announce the flight schedules for relief flights, special flights and cargo flights departing from Myanmar.
b) Myanmar citizens wishing to travel abroad have to procure the necessary documents for travel into their respective nation in advance and apply for an entry visa at the relevant embassy in Yangon by their own arrangement.
c) Myanmar citizens travelling abroad have to submit the necessary documents to the airline arranged for their relief flight and register in advance. The airlines will compile a list of travelling citizens who have fulfilled all entry requirements and submit the list to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (As an exception, the ministry will negotiate with the Embassy of Thailand for Myanmar citizens seeking medical treatment in Thailand and their careers. Citizens need to submit the necessary documents to MoFA at the same time they register with the airline.)
d) MoFA will review the travelling citizen lists in order of priority and seek approval from the national-level central committee. The ministry will coordinate with relevant ministries and embassies the arrangements to board the relief flights and special flights.
e) MoFA will send a list of approved citizens for travelling to the airlines in return. Approved citizens will then need to contact their respective airline for purchasing the plane tickets.
f) Citizens wishing to travel abroad can apply for COVID-19 tests at the National Health Laboratory (Yangon) or Public Health Laboratory (Mandalay). (Due to limited capacity, the Ministry of Health and Sports will only conduct the lab tests for citizens who have been approved to fly in the scheduled relief/special flights.)
g) Citizens who will be on connecting flights (especially in Incheon International Airport, South Korea) need to prepare their plane tickets for the next flight, within the 24-hour transit period, and submit it to their respective airline in advance.
4. The majority of foreign nations are still restricting entry on the basis of COVID-19 protection and containment. Myanmar citizens wishing to travel abroad are advised to carefully read the COVID-19 measures and immigration requirements of the respective countries they are travelling to and to closely adhere to them as well.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nay Pyi Taw
27 July 2020

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