Recommendation letters required for domestic travel in Myanmar

While international flights to Myanmar will remain suspended until June 30, travel within the country is now permitted albeit with additional requirements. These requirements differ across the states and regions.

Domestic travellers are required to carry a recommendation letter of their residency from respective ward administrations when going around Myanmar, except to Yangon Region.

Regional and state governments have stated that a recommendation will be required for locals while foreigners and returnees will need a letter from their companies and quarantine centres, respectively.

However, “travellers don’t need any recommendation letter to come to Yangon. Their temperatures will taken at the toll gates,” said U Than Naing Oo MP from Pabedan township, Yangon.

Government instructions have also been issued that those who would like to travel to Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay, Tanintharyi, Ayeyarwady, and Kayah will need a recommendation letter for residency from the township administrators.

Those entering Tanintharyi Region will be inspected at checkpoints . Foreign returnees as well as those from Yangon’s Insein township are still required to complete the quarantine, said U Kyaw Min. Similar measures are imposed in Ayeyarwady Region.

Local travelers are allowed to enter Kayah State with their recommendation letter for residency, except for those from Insein township in Yangon. But foreigners and returnees from other countries will need recommendation letters from their companies and quarantine centers, said U Hla Myo Swe, Minister of Bamar Ethnic Affairs in Kayah State.

So far, Kayah State is the only region in Myanmar without any reported case.

In addition, people in some villages have to report back to their village administrators when they return home, said local residents who returned to Mawlamyine in Mon State and Pyay in Bago Region.

So far, Myanmar has reported 262 COVID-19 cases including six deaths and 179 recoveries.

Yangon accounts for 201 of all COVID-19 cases in the country. Seventy-one out of the 201 cases in the city were traced to a religious ceremony in Insein township. – Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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