Myanmar extends temporary entry restriction as COVID-19 containment measures

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-30 23:16:56|Editor: huaxia

YANGON, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's Foreign Affairs Ministry Thursday announced the extension of effective period of temporary entry restrictions for foreign visitors to Aug. 31 as part of containment measures against COVID-19.

The extension will also be applied to other restrictions such as suspension of all types of visas including social visit visas and visa exemption services, the ministry's announcement said.

Foreign nationals including diplomats wishing to visit Myanmar for urgent official missions or compelling reasons are asked to contact the Myanmar mission for possible exception to certain visa restrictions.

The ministry has recently announced the arrangement of relief flights and special flights for citizens with urgent matters such as emergency medical treatment or surgical appointments abroad, for those who need to return to overseas workplaces on time, and scholars and students going abroad for studies either on government or personal programmes and others.

Meanwhile, the government has been repatriating its citizens stranded in foreign countries due to the suspension of international commercial flights during the COVID-19 pandemic and a total of 9,252 citizens have been brought back home by relief flights and special flights as of Thursday, the ministry's release said. Enditem