Before applying for the Myanmar visa, check whether the coronavirus can ruin your travel plans for a holiday or business trip. Myanmar has also officially announced infections and deaths as a result of the coronavirus. In this article you can read about the possible consequences of the coronavirus on your travel plans. This article was last updated on 07-01-2021.
How serious is the coronavirus problem in Myanmar?
After an initially slow outbreak, the number of infected persons and casualties in Myanmar continues to rapidly increase. On 06-01-2020, 128,178 coronavirus infections were reported and 2,786 people had died of Covid-19. The government of Myanmar has taken many measures to curb the further spread of the virus. In light of the rising number of infections, the city of Rangoon is under strict lockdown until further notice. Most shops and companies are closed, as are restaurants. Gatherings are forbidden and parks and recreational areas have been closed down. A curfew applies throughout the country, from 00:00 until 04:00
Travelling between the various provinces of Myanmar is limited and travelling with long-distance buses has been suspended, but domestic flights have resumed starting 16 December. Mandatory PCR testing is still in place, and mandatory quarantine can even apply to persons travelling from one part of the country to another. A negative PCR test result is also required for domestic flights, which cannot be older than 36 hours. Masks are mandatory throughout the country. Not wearing a mask can lead to fines, and arrests have also been reported.
Travellers that are still in Myanmar do not have to leave the country if this is not possible, even if their visa has expired. 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 are no commercial flights to Myanmar until at least 31 January. It currently cannot be said if the travel ban will be extended at that time. Those that receive a special exemption to travel to Myanmar must be able to present a negative coronavirus test at the passport check, which cannot be older than 72 hours. On arrival in Myanmar, they must go into quarantine for 14 days.
Coronavirus in Myanmar: the number of officially reported infections is quickly rising.
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 15 January. 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 period 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. If the coronavirus entry ban in Myanmar is lifted and the visa is still valid, it can still be used to travel to the country. The immigration service of Myanmar 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.
What should I do if I am already in Myanmar?
Observe the local rules and the guidelines of the local authorities, and keep the recommendations of the Health Office in mind. For instance, a mask is mandatory when leaving your home. Breaking the hygiene rules can lead to fines. When returning to the UK, you will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days. Additionally, all travellers returning from overseas need to be able to present a negative PCR test which was taken a maximum of 3 days before departure.
Will my damages as a result of the coronavirus be reimbursed?
If you have a Myanmar visa which you cannot use due to the coronavirus, you might have suffered financial damages. Depending on your insurance, you might be able to claim these damages with your travel insurance. The immigration service of Myanmar will not reimburse any damages, and an approved visa can also not be cancelled. However, the immigration service has announced that the validity of all unused 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.
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.