COVID-19: Myanmar Travel Updates

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LATEST MYANMAR COVID-19 NEWS:

  • 26th May 2022 – Tourist e-visas are being issued once more. Source.
  • 14th May 2022 – The Junta has announced that the issuing of tourist visas will go live from May 15th, however, the system is not yet up and running. Source.
  • 1st May 2022 – Myanmar is dropping its RT-PCR testing requirement for international vaccinated travellers. It is to be replaced with rapid ATK tests instead. Source.

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.)


Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South East Asia’s Backpacker’s understanding of the current rules for entry. While we update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as it can be, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Myanmar Travel Restrictions

Can you travel to Myanmar right now?

Fully vaccinated travellers are able to enter Myanmar if their e-visa is approved.

Please see here for Myanmar’s list of recognised vaccines. 

Entry Requirements

Before you enter Myanmar, you will need:

Required Entry Documents

  • Valid visa
  • Proof of vaccination status
  • Provide evidence of negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72hrs prior to arrival
  • On arrival, complete a COVID-19 Rapid Test Requisition form and Health Declaration Form
  • Proof of insurance

Insurance

  • Non-resident foreigners will need travel insurance that covers COVID-19. This has to be purchased from Myanma Insurance.
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COVID-19 Tests Required

  • You must have a negative COVID-19 test result before flying to Myanmar (within 72 hours of departure).
  • You’ll also be required to take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Test on arrival. (If you test positive, you will be taken to a government facility. All medical costs will be yours to bear).
  • Take COVID-19 tests twice during quarantine (if applicable).

Upon Arrival

Quarantine Period 

Vaccinated: There is no official quarantine for vaccinated travellers. However, business travellers waiting for the result of their arrival test must quarantine at a hotel until the result comes through. This is usually 24 hours.

Unvaccinated: 5 days at a government quarantine facility.


Local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations below are only meant to serve as a guide and the situation is prone to change rapidly without warning. For more information on local rules and restrictions visit the Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • FACE COVERINGS – 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. Also see: Best face masks for travel. 
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING – Compulsory across the country.
  • CURFEWS – Curfews and stay-at-home orders vary depending on the state.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT – 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. Contact individual airlines and transport companies for specific information with regards to their procedures.
  • VENUES AND GATHERINGS – Many hotels and guesthouses are closed following recent political events in Myanmar. 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. 
  • MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE – Depending on which area you are travelling from, you may have to quarantine upon arrival at your new destination.

Land Borders

The land border between Thailand and Myanmar is closed.


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