Myanmar suspends all types of visas for foreign nationals to contain COVID-19

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YANGON, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's Foreign Affairs Ministry announced temporary suspension of all types of visas for foreign nationals from all countries with effect from March 29 till April 30 as part of measures to control the risks of COVID-19 spread on Sunday.

The announcement included the suspension of the issuance of all types of visas (including social visit visa) to all foreign nationals, except diplomats accredited to Myanmar, United Nations officials resident in Myanmar and crew of ships and aircraft operating to and from Myanmar.

Suspension of visa exemption granted to all foreign nationals on the basis of bilateral arrangements including those from ASEAN member countries, except those holding diplomatic and official passport, the announcement said.

All diplomats accredited to Myanmar and United Nations officials resident in Myanmar may obtain entry visas through respective Myanmar Missions abroad and are asked to present laboratory evidence of absence of COVID-19 infection issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel as well as will also be under home quarantine for 14 days on their arrival in Myanmar.

According to the announcement, the crew of ships or aircraft operating to and from Myanmar may also obtain entry visas through respective Myanmar Missions abroad but need to follow the latest guidelines and directives issued by the Ministry of Transport and Communication.

Foreign nationals who are required to visit Myanmar on urgent official mission or for a compelling reason may contact the nearest Myanmar Missions abroad for possible exception on certain entry restrictions from the authorities concerned of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

As part of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the ministry announced temporary suspension of entry of foreign nationals through border checkpoints starting from March 19.

The ministry also issued an announcement of temporary suspension of issuing visas on arrival and e-visa for all countries from March 21 until April 30 this year.

At present, Myanmar reported eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country so far. Enditem

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