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 15-04-2021.
How serious is the coronavirus problem in Myanmar?
After an initially slow outbreak, the number of infected persons and deaths in Myanmar rapidly increased. The government of Myanmar has taken many measures to curb the further spread of the virus, and the number of new infections is dropping again. On 14-04-2021, 142,605 coronavirus infections were reported and 3,206 people had died of Covid-19. Due to the coup, it appears that far less Covid-19 tests are being taken, resulting in under-reporting of infection numbers. Several neighbourhoods in the city of Rangoon and parts of Mandalay are under martial law since 15 March. As a result of the coup a curfew applies throughout the country, from 20:00 until 04:00.
Travelling between the various provinces of Myanmar is limited and travelling with long-distance buses has been suspended. Quarantine is also mandatory when travelling through the country in other ways. 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 May. 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 at least 14 days. Travellers that were in the United Kingdom in the 14 days prior to their arrival are not allowed to enter Myanmar until further notice.
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 30 April. 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 May. Travelling to Myanmar is currently only possible after receiving permission from the Myanmar embassy.
What should I do if I am already in Myanmar?
Due to the coup, the British government strongly urges its citizens to return to the UK if their stay in Myanmar is not absolutely necessary. If you do plan to stay in Myanmar, find a safe place and stay indoors as much as possible. Observe the local rules and the guidelines of 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 heavy fines.
When returning to the United Kingdom, you must provide all of your travel details and be able to present a negative Covid-19 test result which was taken at maximum 3 days before departure. Once you arrive in the UK, you must take 2 additional tests which must have been booked before arrival. You are also required to self-isolate for 10 days.
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.