Myanmar govt launches special travel arrangements with Japan

Myanmar and Japan have agreed to start special travel arrangements for travellers entering each nation.

During an official visit to Myanmar on August 24, Japanese foreign affairs minister Motegi Toshimitsu met with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss, among other things, bilateral arrangements to make travel between both countries easier amid COVID-19.

The two governments will be starting a “Residence Track” arrangement under which long-term residents will be able to travel between the two countries after fulfilling the mandatory quarantine requirements. The programme is targeted to launch as early as September.

A “Business Track” travel arrangemen will commence early, allowing business travellers to Japan to do business in limited areas during the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Minister Motegi also stated that Japan would accept the entry to Japan by Japanese Government scholarship students from Myanmar as soon as possible.

In mid-July, Myanmar had agreed to “fast lanes” for “essential businesses and officials” to enter the country by making a request to the nearest Myanmar embassies in their country.

The Embassy of Myanmar in Beijing said that it has set up a fast track system to facilitate Chinese nationals who plan to urgently return to Myanmar “on the grounds of [undertaking] business projects, economic activities, construction and other departmental assignments.”

The Malaysia Embassy in Myanmar and Malaysia-Myanmar Business Chamber have also facilitated the return of Malaysian executives to the country on a case-bycase basis in recent months.
Currently, Myanmar has extended its restrictions on landing and flying of international flights to until August 31.

International commercial flights to Myanmar have been suspended since March 31, a week after the first COVID-19 cases were reported in the country. The government has extended this ban several times since then.

With the re-reemergence of locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases in Rakhine starting August 16, the government is warning citizens of a potential second wave.

The Sittwe township general administration department has already imposed a night curfew from 9:00pm to 4:00am in Sittwe for two months starting from August 21.

Sittwe is the recent hotspot for local COVID-19 transmission with more than 60 cases since August 16.

The health and sports ministry placed Sittwe under lockdown on August 20, ordering all residents to stay.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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