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31 juill. 2020 | 01h39 UTC

Myanmar: Authorities extend suspension of international flights until August 31 /update 17

Myanmar Alerte de sécurité

Myanmar extends ban on all international commercial flights until August 31; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 31/7/2020, 12h00 until 31/8/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Rangoon). COUNTRY/REGION Myanmar

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On Tuesday, July 28, the Department of Civil Aviation and National Central Committee for Prevention, Control, and Treatment extended the country's suspension of international commercial flights through to August 31. International commercial flights have been suspended since March 30 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Special flights have been arranged since July 19 for those on essential business, with arrangements in place with China and Japan. Relief, cargo, medical, repatriation, and other urgent flights are also being coordinated by the Department of Civil Aviation. Myanmar's land borders remain closed to foreign tourists and visa-free privileges and visa issuances have been suspended. Domestic flights resumed ion early July.

Other COVID-19 restrictions have been extended until August 15, including the compulsory wearing of face masks in public and a ban on public gatherings. However, the number of people allowed to gather has been increased from five to 15. Local restrictions have been applied at certain times to specific townships depending on infection rates.

As of Friday, July 31, there have been 353 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Myanmar, with six associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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