YANGON, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar issued new health guidelines for incoming travelers via airport effective from Monday, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday.
Under the new guidelines, travelers are required to present proof of vaccination with an MOH-approved vaccine and a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test issued 48 hours before arrival.
Children aged under 12 traveling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians are exempted from the vaccination requirement.
As per the health guidelines, travelers should also present a health declaration form and a COVID-19 rapid test requisition form, the ministry added.
For foreigners, a COVID-19 medical insurance purchased from Myanma Insurance is required to show at the airport.
At the airport's quarantine and immigration counters, each passenger's swab will be taken for a COVID-19 RDT test, with the result given within an hour, according to the ministry.
Travelers testing positive for COVID-19 are required to be isolated, transferred and treated at a designated hospital, a treatment center or a hotel, the ministry said.
Myanmar's nationals who don't have a proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test issued 48 hours before arrival could take relief flights. But they shall fulfill the seven-day quarantine requirement, the ministry said.
Foreigners are not be allowed to take relief flights to visit Myanmar, and they are also not allowed to transit through Myanmar, it added.
State guests or foreign delegates may seek exemptions from the requirements by submitting a request letter to the related ministries at least five working days before the arrival date, it said.
The ministry added that foreign aircrew who need a layover in Myanmar are subjected to self-isolation at designated hotels according to respective health protocols.
Myanmar recorded 40 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total tally to 614,083, including 19,434 deaths and 592,881 recoveries, showed data from the health ministry. ■