COVID-19: Myanmar Travel Updates

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Updated 14th August 2021


LATEST MYANMAR COVID-19 NEWS:

Recent political events – As well as grappling with COVID-19, Myanmar is in the throes of a violent political coup with deadly clashes across the country. Governments of most countries are strongly advising against all but essential travel to the country. Source.

From 1st February 2021 – The Myanmar military declared a state of emergency and seized control. The state of security in the country has since worsened and acts of violence are common. Source. (Daily Coup Updates can be read on The Irrawaddy.)

31st July 2021 – Myanmar extends travel suspension until at least 31st August. Source.


Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing daily. The following information reflects South East Asia Backpacker’s current understanding of the rules. We work hard to update this information as often and accurately as possible. However, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. We strongly advise you to contact the embassy of the country you are visiting for the latest information.

Myanmar Travel Restrictions

Can you travel to Myanmar right now? SUMMARY:

No. All international flights into Myanmar and tourist visas have been suspended until further notice. You can apply for a business visa at your local Myanmar embassy, which will be assessed on a case by-case basis. 

Before you enter Myanmar, you will need to:

You must obtain a visa before flying. Those who have been granted entry into Myanmar must provide a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival at the airport and have their temperature checked. You must also complete a 7-day quarantine at home prior to flying to Myanmar, this must be verified by an employee or doctor. 

Quarantine Period: 

All new arrivals into Myanmar must quarantine in a government designated facility for 7 days and then (if you provide a negative COVID-19 test result) you must quarantine for a further 7 days at home/hotel of your choice. (The length of quarantine depends on the country from which you have flown and you may be required to stay longer in quarantine if someone on your flight tests positive with COVID-19.) During quarantine, you will be provided with food for the length of your stay, which you will have to pay for. You are not allowed to leave your place of quarantine at any time. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 after your 7 days in quarantine, you will be transferred to a government hospital where you will have to stay for 28 days. You can only leave if you provide a negative COVID-19 test result for two consecutive weeks.

COVID-19 Tests Required: 

  • You must have a negative COVID-19 test result before flying to Myanmar (within 72 hours of departure).
  • You must have a negative test result after 7 days before you are allowed to leave the designated quarantine facility in Myanmar. The test will be carried out by the National Health Laboratory and the cost is MMK 200,000.

Face Masks: 

Face masks are required by law in all public places. Failure to comply with this law will result in a fine and some people have been arrested.

Internal Travel Restrictions in Myanmar:

Some domestic flights are operating and different airlines have different COVID-19 restrictions. Those travelling by bus or train are likely to encounter checkpoints along the way. Depending on which area you are travelling from, you may have to quarantine upon arrival at your new destination. Contact individual airlines and transport companies for specific information with regards to their procedures.

Curfews: 

Curfews and stay-at-home orders vary depending on the state.

Land Borders: 

The land border between Thailand and Myanmar is closed.

Hotels and guesthouses: 

Many hotels and guesthouses are closed following recent political events in Myanmar.

Public places: 

Restaurants, bars and shops are open in those states that do not have stay-at-home orders with special distancing and temperature checks in place. Shopping malls may require you to register your details upon entry. You are advised to stay away from crowds. 

Resources:

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