Before applying for the Myanmar visa, check whether the coronavirus can ruin your travel plans for a holiday or business trip. Following a coup dʼétat on 1 February 2021, the situation in Myanmar is very unstable. In this article you can read about the consequences of the coup and the coronavirus on your travel plans. This article was last updated on 15-09-2021.
How serious is the coronavirus problem in Myanmar?
After an initially slow outbreak in Myanmar, the number of infected people and deaths increased rapidly. The Myanmar government has taken many measures to prevent further spreading of the virus, yet the number of infections has been rising rapidly since July 2021. As of 15-09-21, 436,527 coronavirus infections have been reported and 16,693 people have died from COVID-19. It seems that since the coup of 1 February, coronavirus testing has been reduced considerably, resulting in substantial under-reporting. However, test facilities are once again available. On 28 August, the Myanmar government reported 15 cases of the delta variant of the coronavirus.
In some parts of Myanmar (such as Mandalay), martial law applies, while in other parts of Myanmar, residents are ordered to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Due to the coup, a curfew is in effect in large parts of the country, from 20:00 to 04:00. However, local authorities can suddenly extend curfew times and impose lockdowns for certain areas.
Travelling between the various provinces of Myanmar is limited and travelling by land is discouraged for safety reasons. Certain parts of the country have testing and quarantine requirements for travellers from other parts of the country. Masks are mandatory throughout the country in public spaces. Not wearing a mask can lead to fines, and arrests have also been reported.
Can I currently travel to Myanmar?
A travel ban is currently in place, meaning no tourists or business travellers can enter Myanmar, even if they possess a visa. In exceptional cases, the embassy might decide a traveller has a very compelling reason to travel, allowing them to travel to Myanmar.
There will be no commercial passenger flights from Europe to Myanmar until at least 30 September. It is not yet possible to estimate whether and until when the entry ban will be extended. Those who are allowed to travel to Myanmar with an exception permit must submit a negative coronavirus test at passport control, which must not be older than 72 hours, and stay in quarantine for at least 10 days after arrival in Myanmar in a hotel or quarantine facility specified by the Myanmar government. You must pay the cost of this accommodation yourself. People who were in the United Kingdom in the 14 days prior to arrival are banned from entering Myanmar until further notice.
Due to a combination of risks as a result of the coup and the risks of being infected with the coronavirus, the British government advises travellers to leave the country if possible. Travellers that are still in Myanmar do not have to leave the country if this is not possible, even if their visa has expired.
Coronavirus in Myanmar: the number of infections remains high in Rangoon and Mandalay in particular.
Can I already apply for a Myanmar visa again?
Do you have travel plans and do you already want to apply for a Myanmar visa for a trip after the coronavirus limitations are lifted? Then you can already submit your visa application. However, you do have to wait for an approved visa until the immigration service resumes their inspections. Until that time, all applications are put on hold. As soon as the government of Myanmar considers the situation surrounding the coronavirus safe enough, all submitted applications will be processed. It is currently not known when the limitations will be sufficiently reduced to make business trips and holidays to Myanmar a possibility again. The Myanmar embassy can in highly exceptional cases ("compelling reasons") issue a specific permit, in order to travel to Myanmar despite the travel ban.
Currently, the immigration service has suspended issuing of e-visas until 31 August. It is expected that the immigration service of Myanmar will then give a new update, and provide more information regarding any future measures taking against the coronavirus in Myanmar.
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I already have a visa, can I still use it?
The validity term of the Myanmar visa starts as soon as the visa is issued and amounts to 90 days. The expiry date is mentioned on the visa. Myanmarʼs immigration service has announced that the validity of e-visas for Myanmar, which were issued between 02-01-2020 and 21-03-20, will be automatically extended until 90 days after the end of the travel ban.
Travel limitations due to state of emergency
On 1 February, the army arrested high-ranking state officials and declared a state of emergency for one year. As a result, all commercial international and national flights (aside from a few humanitarian flights) have been suspended until 30 September. Travelling to Myanmar is currently only possible after receiving permission from the Myanmar embassy.
What should I do if I am already in Myanmar?
On 1 February, the army arrested high-ranking state officials and declared a state of emergency for one year. As a result, all commercial international and domestic flights (with the exception of a few humanitarian flights) have been suspended - for the time being until the end of September. Travel to Myanmar is currently only possible with prior permission from the Myanmar Embassy.
What if I am already in Myanmar?
The British authorities advise its nationals in connection with the coup urgently to return to the UK if possible. There are regular commercial flights from Myanmar to, for example, Singapore or Bangkok, from where you can fly on to Europe. Make sure you have printed out all the documents needed for the flight in advance as the wifi at Rangoon airport is poor. If you do have to stay in Myanmar, find a safe place and stay home as much as possible. Follow the local rules and the instructions of the local authorities and observe the precautionary measures of the British government. For example, a mouth mask is always necessary when leaving the house. Violations of hygiene regulations can result in heavy fines.
Travellers who test positive for coronavirus during or after the quarantine period are placed in isolation accommodation. They have to accept the isolation or treatment facility designated by the government, even if they have health insurance for a private hospital.
When returning to the UK from Myanmar, you must book and pay for a pre-departure COVID-19 test (to be taken in the 2 days before your return flight) and a post-arrival PCR test. You must also complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before your arrival. You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying until you receive the test result. If the test result is negative, you can end your quarantine. If the test result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days. The day you took the test counts as day 0.
If you are not fully vaccinated, you must book and pay for an additional test (to be taken on day 8 after your arrival) and quarantine at home for 10 days.
Disclaimer: no rights can be derived from the information on this page. Due to the rapid succession of new developments, it cannot be guaranteed that all information is up to date and complete. We do, however, try to provide timely updates on the status of the coronavirus in Myanmar and its impact on your travel plans and visa.