As the country is set to reopen domestic travelling on 16 December, the Ministry of Health and Sports and the Yangon Regional Health Department yesterday released the sets of rules to follow in air travel. This is the gist of it.

Before the travel

  1. All travellers are required to receive an RDT* test within 36 hours before the boarding time at designated healthcare centres. 
  2. There are two RDT* test centres currently in Yangon which operate from 9am-3pm every day at:
    • Tourist Burma Building on Sule Pagoda Road in Kyauktada Township, and
    • Aungmingalar Bus Terminal in Mingalardon Township
  3. You shall not bring any acquaintances to the test. 
  4. You must bring the plane tickets, national registration card or other identity cards and a photo taken within the last six months.
  5. You must wear a face mask and face shield all the time except the verification process. 
  6. You shall stay in the waiting room 6 feet apart from each other. No food or drink is allowed in the room.
  7. All the addresses and contact information must be filled in accurately. 
  8. You may go if the result is negative. Otherwise, you must receive the treatment as instructed by the Ministry of Health and Sports.

During the travel

  1. Travellers must wear a face mask and shield throughout the flight. They must report to the flight attendants if they feel unwell.
  2. When they reach the destination, they must fill in the hotel or address they are going to stay at accurately. 
  3. Travellers from stay-at-home areas must be admitted to facility quarantine if their destination is non-stay-at-home. If the facility quarantine is not enough, the travellers may stay in hotel quarantine at their own expense. 
  4. On the 3rd day of quarantine, travellers may receive an RT-PCR** test for the virus. If that test is not enough or unavailable, they may receive an RDT test on the 7th day of quarantine.
  5. They can leave if the result is negative. All the expenses for the tests must be paid by the traveller. 
  6. Visitors from stay-at-home areas travelling to another stay-at-home area do not need to be quarantined. 
  7. Visitors from non-stay-at-home areas do not need to be quarantined. 
  8. Travellers with a medical purpose must bring a medical referral form signed by their respective hospital heads. 

*RDT: Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Test
Estimated price: Ks10,000

**RT-PCR: Real-time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction
Estimated price: Ks35,000

Say-at-home Areas

As of 29 December,
  • The government has ended the programme in some parts of Seikkyi Kanaungto, Twantay and Kunchankone townships in Yangon. The rest is stay-at-home.
  • In Mandalay, only Amarapura Township remains in the programme.
  • The programme is ended in Mohnyin while is still in effect in Hpakant in Kachin State.
  • Moreover, Mawlamyine and Belin in Mon State; Kawa and Thanatpin in Bago Region; Pyapon and Maubin in Ayeyarwaddy Region have been freed from the programme.

As far as we learnt, these areas are regarded stay-at-home:

  • Rakhine State
  • Sagaing Region: Sagaing, Kalay and Shwebo
  • Magway Region: Aunglan

We will update the list if there are any changes. Let us know if anything we missed!

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