Singapore Association of Myanmar (SAM), in collaboration with the Singapore Embassy in Yangon, facilitated and coordinated with the various stakeholders and authorities for a successful return of a group of Singaporeans and their spouses to Yangon on 12 December 2020. They returned via a charter flight on Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) from Singapore (SIN) to Yangon (RGN) with approximately 70 seafarers on-board. The MNA flight – UB-1002 departed from SIN (Terminal 3) to RGN (Terminal 1) at 1500 hrs.
The group moved with urgent haste because the Myanmar Embassy in Singapore had just received approval from the relevant Myanmar authorities for the group entry into Myanmar just one day before the scheduled flight. We were initially informed that this chartered flight was cancelled, then approved, but later postponed again and again.
Some travellers had taken a calculated risk to take the pre-departure Covid-19 PCR swab test days earlier but others only took it on the day they received the newly-issued single-trip visa. To make matters worse, the flight timing was brought forward from 2130hrs to 1500hrs. Luckily, everyone managed to receive their COVID-19 results just hours before the flight after repeated calls to expedite the process.
We are pleased to report that through this arrangement, a newborn managed to visually discern his Singaporean father for the first time as he was stuck in Singapore for more than 8 months before his return to Yangon.
The hard work has finally paid off for everyone after what seemed like a rollercoaster experience and this effort was proudly brought to you by SAM’s Social and Sports Committee!