Yangon-Magway-Sittway inland flights to resume in mid-January

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A Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) aircraft is seen at the Magway airport. Photo: Zayyatu (Magway)

Yangon-Magway-Sittway inland flights halted for 90 days in the second wave of COVID-19 are scheduled to resume in mid-January 2021, according to the Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) Magway Agent.
The COVID-19 rules and regulations are also set up for the arrival and departure flight passengers in the Magway Region.
Those passengers who will visit Magway Region from the declared stay-at-home townships need to be home quarantined for seven days. The flight passengers from Magway Region need to undergo COVID-19 detection at COVID testing camp near Magyikan village, Magway town from 8 am to 12 pm two days ahead of travel schedules. Those who get 36-hour lasting COVID-19 negative certificates will be allowed to board the plane.
“We have submitted to the regional government regarding the tour. The regional government also allowed it after consultation with the Public Health Department. We have already reported on the condition for MNA head office to take necessary action. We will check the arrival and departure passengers under the rules and regulations,” said U San Htwe, an MNA Magway Agent.
Those passengers, who will board the plane with a go-and-show system in an urgent situation, need to arrive at the airport three hours ahead to have the COVID-19 test using RDT. Those passengers who are COVID negative will be allowed to board the plane. For MNA to contact them in case, the passengers need to fill up the phone number and address accurately in immigration arrival form.
“There will be no charges to undergo COVID-19 test for the government staff. For regular flight passengers, they need to pay K10,000 for an RDT test. The passengers reaching the Magway Region are required to be home quarantined. Those who are sick in the home quarantine period need to check a swab test in the National Health Laboratory (NHL), and it will cost about K50,000 per test. There are also some restrictions for foreigners and some NGOs/INGOs staff,” he elaborated.
Earlier, the flight ran three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Now, we haven’t got any instructions for the flight schedules yet. The regular Yangon-Magway round trips carry about 20 passengers while Magway-An-Sittway trips carry about 30 passengers on board, according to the MNA Magway Agent.—Zayyatu (Magway) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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