Spe­cial lanes for ASEAN at Yan­gon air­port

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Yan­gon In­ter­na­tional Air­port is ready to wel­come vis­i­tors from ASEAN coun­tries with spe­cial lanes ded­i­cated to them. Ter­mi­nal 1 was opened af­ter ex­ten­sion work was com­pleted.

YAN­GON In­ter­na­tional Air­port is ready to wel­come vis­i­tors from ASEAN coun­tries with spe­cial lanes ded­i­cated to them. Ter­mi­nal 1 was opened af­ter ex­ten­sion works which started last year were com­pleted.

The three ASEAN lanes in the de­par­ture lounge are po­si­tioned at the right side of the counter and four coun­ters at the ar­rival gate are in the cen­tre; how­ever, there aren’t many vis­i­tors as it is the be­gin­ning of the low sea­son.

“We opened the ASEAN lane be­cause of the new ter­mi­nal. But it’s not a strict rule that they must fol­low that lane,” an im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer, who did not wish to be iden­ti­fied, from Yan­gon In­ter­na­tional Air­port Ter­mi­nal 1 told The Myan­mar Times.

The ASEAN lead­ers adopted the ASEAN Com­mu­nity Vi­sion 2025 with 290 ac­tion plans at the 27th ASEAN Sum­mit in Kuala Lumpur in De­cem­ber. Mem­ber coun­tries will be oc­cu­pied try­ing to im­ple­ment all of them in the next 10 years.

The ASEAN lane will be im­ple­mented at in­ter­na­tional air­ports in all mem­ber coun­tries. Thai­land was the first coun­try to estab­lish the ASEAN lane in 1995 for two and half years when it first chaired the 5th ASEAN Sum­mit.

“Cur­rently the ‘For­eigner’ coun­ters are full of peo­ple so we moved them to other avail­able coun­ters. All this is for trav­el­ers to have more con­ve­nience within a short time,” he said.

There are rarely peo­ple at the de­par­ture gate at the new Ter­mi­nal 1 as it is the be­gin­ning of the low sea­son, so very few peo­ple are queu­ing in

‘We opened the ASEAN lane be­cause of the new ter­mi­nal. But it’s not a strict rule that they must fol­low that lane.’

Im­mi­gra­tion Of­fi­cer Yan­gon In­ter­na­tional Air­port

front of the ASEAN counter.

“We need to check visas if they queue in the ASEAN lane but it de­pends on the air­port op­er­a­tors, be­cause some peo­ple want to but some don’t. Also we in­tend to make air­port op­er­a­tors aware of the ob­jec­tive of hav­ing a sep­a­rate lane for ASEAN coun­tries,” U Ye Htut Aung, deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral of the Depart­ment of Civil Avi­a­tion told The Myan­mar Times.

Cur­rently Myan­mar has three in­ter­na­tional air­ports in Yan­gon, Man­dalay and Nay Pyi Taw.

Only Yan­gon In­ter­na­tional Air­port has an ASEAN lane.

Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing

At present, due to low sea­son for tourists vis­it­ing the coun­try, very few peo­ple are queu­ing in front of the ASEAN counter at the Yan­gon In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

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