Updated 10th April 2022.
LATEST MYANMAR COVID-19 NEWS:
- 8th April 2022 – Myanmar has announced that it will release an electronic vaccination certificate for international travel. Source.
- 30th March 2022 – Myanmar will start reissuing buisiness e-visas starting 1st April 2022. Source.
- 20th March 2022 – Myanmar has announced that fully vaccinated international arrivals will once more be permitted from April 17th 2022. 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?
You cannot travel to Myanmar at present, no matter your vaccination status. All international flights into Myanmar and tourist visas have been suspended until further notice. You can apply to enter for essential reasons at your local Myanmar embassy, which will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Before you enter Myanmar, you will need:
Required Entry Documents
- Valid visa
- Must be granted access by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Non-resident foreigners will need travel insurance that covers COVID-19. It needs to cover potential hospitilisation, treatment and costs of quarantine if medically required.
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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).
- Take COVID-19 tests on day 1,3 and 7 of quarantine.
- Vaccinated: Quarantine in a government-designated facility for 10 days.
- Unvaccinated: 14 days at a government quarantine facility.
During quarantine, you will be provided with food for the length of your stay, which you will have to pay for. You are not allowed to leave your place of quarantine at any time. You will undergo PCR tests on day 1, 3 and 7 which you will need to pay for.
If you test positive for COVID-19 after your 7 days in quarantine, you will be transferred to a government hospital where you will have to stay for 28 days. You can only leave if you provide a negative COVID-19 test result for two consecutive weeks.
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.
The land border between Thailand and Myanmar is closed.
- Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs Official Facebook Page
- Ministry of Health and Sports Myanmar
- Ministry of Health and Sports Website
- US Embassy in Burma
- UK Foreign Travel Advice for Myanmar
- Irrawaddy Times Newspaper
- The Humanitarian Data Exchange
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