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 01-10-2020.
How serious is the coronavirus problem in Myanmar?
Compared to surrounding countries, damages as a result of the coronavirus in Myanmar have remained fairly limited. On 30-09-2020, 13.373 coronavirus infections were reported and 310 people had died of Covid-19. The government of Myanmar has taken a large number of measures to curb the further spread of the virus. In light of the rising number of infections, the city of Rangoon is under lockdown. Movement is only allowed for work, doctor's visits and groceries. Travelling between the various provinces of Myanmar is limited and domestic flights are not available.
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 October. It currently cannot be said whether the travel ban will be extended, or if travel to Myanmar will become possible again after that date under certain circumstances (such as a mandatory PCR test).
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 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 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 October. 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.
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 are the expectations for the (near) future?
Currently, there is no international air traffic until 31 October. It is expected that the immigration service of Myanmar will give an update at that time and provide more information regarding the future measures they will take in response to the coronavirus in Myanmar.
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 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.