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 are now being taken by the government of Myanmar in response to the outbreak.
Myanmar has so far been less affected by COVID-19 than other parts of the world. t is hoped that by implementing short-term travel restrictions, the effect on the country and its residents 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 applicable to all visitors from all countries. This ban is to remain in place until June 30th.
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.
Foreigners granted access to Myanmar are required to self-quarantine in their country of origin for one week before departure, quarantine in a government family for 7 days on arrival followed by 7 days of home self-quarantine, proof that these self-quarantine procedures have been followed must be provided.
People arriving from overseas are also requested to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test carried out before boarding, another test should be conducted at the end of the home quarantine period.
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?
Up until mid-March, 2020, only people who had recently spent time in the countries listed above were affected by changes to Myanmar’s visa requirements.
However, new restrictions were announced on March 21st, suspending visas on arrival and eVisas for Myanmar for travelers of all nationalities.
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 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.