6 April 2020
THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE AMERICAN LIAISON NETWORK AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Mandalay and Yangon Regional governments have announced new restrictions to protect public health. These include:
The Mandalay Regional Government announced on April 4 that new travel restrictions will be imposed in the Mandalay Region beginning April 7 and running through April 21. According to the announcement, all entry to, and exit from the Mandalay Region by vehicle will be prohibited during this time period. Furthermore, hotels, motels, guest houses, and inns will be required to close. Current hotel residents may be permitted to remain at their hotel, but you should seek clarification from your hotel. Public transportation will also be suspended and operation of any vehicle accommodating more than seven passengers will be prohibited. The government has stated these restrictions could be extended beyond April 21 if necessary.
This measure follows an April 2 announcement by the Mandalay Regional Government ordering non-essential businesses to close. Essential businesses that remain open include grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, banks, gas stations, power stations, and some factories. Restaurants reportedly remain open, but are providing only carry-out and/or delivery services. The April 4 announcement orders businesses previously identified as essential to remain open.
The Yangon Regional Government issued a voluntary request for the public stay at home between April 10 and April 19. Acceptable reasons for leaving home during this period include to seek medical care and to purchase food.
Beginning April 8 and until further notice, the Aung Mingalar Highway Bus Terminal will stop service to other cities.
Travel restrictions and mandatory public health measures are also in force in locations outside of Yangon and Mandalay. U.S. citizens travelling or resident anywhere in Myanmar should ensure they have the latest information on COVID-19 prevention measures in the locations they plan to visit, or currently reside in. Note that new measures may be put into place with little or no advance notice.
- U.S. Embassy Rangoon
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Burma Country Information
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