Myanmar govt issues safety measures for domestic air travel

The Ministry of Health and Sports has released health procedures for airlines and airport ground staff and travelers to follow as the country prepares to resume domestic flights on December 16. The government issued the procedures as part of its effort to revive the country’s air transportation industry and economy, U Tun Myint, deputy director-general of the Yangon Region Public Health Department told a press conference on December 14.

Passengers on local flights must pay K10,000 for a COVID-19 test before their departure date, he said. “The fee will be used for the development of civil aviation. We collect K10,000 for one rapid diagnostic test (RDT) kit,” he said. Passengers must also have a health screening 36 hours before their departure, a Myanmar or other identity card, and a photo taken within the past six months.

Tests are available between 9 am and 3 pm at the Tourist Burma Building on Sule Pagoda Road in Kyauktada township and the health center at Aung Mingalar highway bus station in Mingaladon township for Yangon Region. No companions are allowed. They must wear a face mask or shield, practice social distancing while waiting, avoid standing in queues and return home immediately after receiving the no-virus certificate. They must also agree to have treatment according to ministry regulations if they test positive.

On the aircraft, all passengers must wear a face mask or shield throughout the flight, obey all instructions from flight attendants, sit only in their assigned seat, and report immediately to the crew if they feel sick. If they test positive, they must have treatment according to ministry regulations. “Passengers in townships under stay-at-home orders in Yangon have to quarantine at a hotel or facility. They can take a PCR test on their third day, and if they test negative, they can end the quarantine,” said U Tun Myint.

“If there is no PCR test, they can have an RDT and test again on their seventh day. If the results are negative and they are going to a stay-at-home township or airport, they will have to quarantine again.” Passengers with a fever of 38 Celsius or above will not be allowed to board the aircraft. Travelers from areas not under stay-at-home orders in Yangon do not need to quarantine but must have had an RDT within the past 36 hours.

Upon arrival at their destination, travelers need to strictly follow the instructions of local health authorities and quarantine requirements. International flights, which have been grounded since March 29, have been canceled until at least the end of the year. – Translated

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Source: Myanmar Times

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