Countries across the world are introducing entry restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. This new strain of coronavirus first appeared in China towards the end of 2019.
Positive measures were taken by the government of Myanmar in response to the outbreak.
By implementing short-term travel restrictions, the effect of coronavirus on the country and its residents as well as international travelers can be minimized.
All limitations are temporary and constraints will be lifted once the virus is under control. The information below explains which countries have been impacted by the regulation and what it means for travelers.
As this is a developing situation, all those planning trips abroad are advised to keep up to date with the latest official announcements.
Countries Affected by Myanmar Coronavirus Entry Restrictions
On March 21st, 2020, Myanmar’s Foreign Affairs Ministry announced a temporary suspension of issuance of visas on arrival and e-visa back on March 21st, 2020 applicable to all visitors from all countries.
International commercial flights to all Burmese airports were suspended on March 30th, 2020 and will remain canceled until October 31. Landing permissions are suspended with the exception of relief flights, all cargo flights, medical evacuation flights, and special flights approved by the Department of Civil Aviation.
Travel exemptions are in place for certain “professional purposes” which include some business, construction, and departmental activities. These individuals may contact a Myanmar diplomatic mission such as an embassy or consulate to request the necessary entry visa or further directions.
Additional precautionary measures set in place to further prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in Myanmar include:
- The closure of Burma land borders to foreign nationals (including both entry and exit)
- The suspension of all international commercial passenger flights
All these initiatives are short-term and have been introduced to safeguard Myanmar nationals and visitors. Quarantine measures will be lifted and normal visa regulations will resume as soon as possible.
Can I Travel to Myanmar During the Coronavirus Outbreak?
Visas are temporarily suspended with very few exceptions and until this returns to normal, even international travelers who meet Myanmar’s visa requirements may be unable to obtain one.
This means that traveling to Myanmar is currently near impossible for non-Burmese passengers.
Foreigners granted access to Myanmar are required to comply with the following COVID-19 regulations in order to enter the country:
- Arrive at Yangon, Mandalay, or Nay Pyi Taw International Airports
- Present proof of a negative COVID-19 test
- Undergo quarantine for 14 days after arrival
Myanmar Visa Extensions During COVID-19
The government of Myanmar has suspended the eVisa and visa-on-arrival programs until at least October 31.
Unused Myanmar eVisas that were issued between January 2nd, 2020, and March 21st, 2020, will be extended for 90 days from the date Myanmar removes travel restrictions to the country.
Foreign visitors with a valid visa and who are allowed to enter and exit Myanmar may only do so through Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw International airports.
Upon arrival, travelers must follow the country’s rules and regulations, which include providing a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result as well as a quarantine of 14 days.
Preventative Measures for Coronavirus in Burma
Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Myanmar remain relatively low and all actions are being taken as preventative measures, to keep the disease under control and stop further infection.
In addition to implementing the restrictions detailed above, mass gatherings in Myanmar have been temporarily banned. A number of festivals, including the nationwide Thingyan Water festival, have been canceled as a result.
Quarantine Information for Foreigners in Myanmar
Travelers across the world are being asked to follow standard international health and safety instructions to avoid contracting the coronavirus.
- Wash hands thoroughly and regularly using soap and water
- Apply alcohol-based sanitizer gel when soap and water are unavailable
- Do not come into close contact with infected individuals
- Avoid touching the face, especially nose and mouth
- Cover the face with tissue or sleeve when sneezing
As always, foreigners should take notice of vaccine requirements and health information, taking extra precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most people with the coronavirus will experience standard flu-like symptoms including a cough, fever and breathing difficulties. The majority of those infected will make a full recovery within a couple of weeks.
Anyone in Myanmar displaying any of the symptoms should stay at home, self-isolate and seek medical advice.