Myanmar govt to arrange relief flights for citizens to go abroad for urgent matters

  • Myanmar
  • Tuesday, 28 Jul 2020

YANGON, July 28 (Xinhua): Myanmar's government has been planning to arrange relief flights and special flights for citizens to go abroad for urgent matters, state-run media quoted Ministry of Foreign Affairs' announcement as saying on Tuesday.

According to the ministry's announcement, the arrangement will be made for citizens with emergency medical treatment or surgical appointments abroad, citizens and seamen required to return to overseas workplaces on time, scholars and students going abroad for studies either on government or personal programmes and other urgent matters.

Mentioning the procedures to be applied by the citizens who want to travel abroad, the announcement said that the eligible citizens who are approved to fly in the scheduled relief or special flights can apply for Covid-19 tests at the National Health Laboratory in Yangon or Public Health Laboratory in Mandalay.

The ministry advised the citizens wishing to travel abroad to carefully read and follow the Covid-19 measures and immigration requirements of the respective countries they are travelling to as most of the foreign countries are still imposing entry restrictions on the basis of Covid-19 protection and containment.

Meanwhile, the government has been making efforts to bring back its citizens stranded in foreign countries due to the suspension of international commercial flights during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As of Monday, a total of 8,991 citizens have been brought back home by relief and special flights so far, according to a recent release from the Foreign Affairs Ministry. - Xinhua
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