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After a two-year suspension, Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport reopens

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After being closed for more than two years due to the COVID-19 epidemic, Myanmar reopened Yangon International Airport (RGN) on April 17, 2022.

In an effort to reduce COVID-19 infections, the Southeast Asian government banned commercial flights in March 2020. The reopening of the airport on April 17, 2022, fell on the same day as the Burmese New Year holiday, ‘Thingyan.’

The first flight to arrive at RGN upon its reopening was a Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) flight at 09:00 local time on April 17, 2022, according to Beijing’s Xinhua News Agency.

Passengers arriving at RGN must show proof of vaccination with a Ministry of Health-approved vaccine and a COVID-19 RT-PCR report that is negative. Meanwhile, all international visitors must show proof of COVID-19 medical insurance from Myanmar Insurance.

In addition, all inbound travelers must wait at designated hotels for the Health Ministry’s RT-PCR test results, which are expected in 24 hours.

Myanmar is one of the last Southeast Asian countries to reopen its borders to travelers, with neighbors Vietnam and Thailand doing so in January and February 2022, respectively.

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