Myanmar Bans Incoming Commercial Flights to Tackle COVID-19

By Zaw Zaw Htwe 30 March 2020

Yangon – Myanmar has banned all international commercial passenger flights until April 13 because eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 have arrived through air travel, according to the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

All landing permission previously granted by the DCA had been suspended, the agency said.

Relief, cargo, medical evacuation and special flights approved by the DCA are not affected. Flight crews may be subject to quarantine under the Ministry of Health and Sports, said the DCA.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would not issue visas until April 30, except for diplomatic and United Nations visas for those who can prove they are not infected with coronavirus. They would be quarantined for 14 days on arrival, the ministry said.

Foreigners with urgent official missions could ask for an exemption, the foreign ministry added.

By Sunday evening, Myanmar had reported 10 COVID-19 cases.

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