Alert: Repatriation Flight Update

Location:  Burma


Please read our earlier alert announcing a repatriation flight for U.S. citizens on April 6, 2020.

New Information: 

Flight Details: The flight is scheduled to depart Yangon at 12:30 P.M. on April 6, 2020.  It will stop shortly for refueling and crew change in Kadena Air Force Base, Japan and Anchorage, Alaska.  It is scheduled to arrive at San Francisco, California at 8:15 P.M. on April 6, 2020.  Food will be provided on the plane and there will be in-flight entertainment.

Pets:  A limited number of pets will be allowed on this flight.  All pets must be in a kennel supplied by the passenger, and only one pet can be in each kennel.  If the kennel fits under the seat, then it may be brought in the cabin.  There is a limited amount of space for larger kennels that cannot fit in the cabin.  If you wish to bring a pet on the plane, email with this information.  You must secure Burmese government export permission yourself.

2nd Flight: Depending on demand, we are exploring the possibility of a second repatriation flight.  However, there is no guarantee that there will be a second flight.

Emails Over the Weekend:

Please expeditiously read all emails you receive from the U.S. Embassy over the weekend, and follow instructions we provide to confirm possible seats on this flight.  Ensure you are checking your email regularly.

If demand for seats on the flight exceeds the plane’s capacity,  priority will be given to the following passengers:

1)      U.S. citizens at higher risk from COVID-19, along with their immediate family members.

2)      U.S. citizen minors and their U.S. citizen parent(s)/legal guardian(s) or one foreign national parent/legal guardian or escort.

3)      All other U.S. citizens on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upon entry in the United States, passengers on this flight may be subject to U.S. CDC screening, health observation, monitoring requirements and existing Department of Homeland Security entry requirements.  Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.

Who is eligible to be included in a repatriation flight?

U.S. citizens are eligible.  One parent or guardian escorting a U.S. citizen minor is eligible, provided they have a valid U.S. visa.  The Embassy will not adjudicate visa applications in support of evacuation operations.

Others who may be eligible: Foreign spouses or children of U.S. citizens and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents.  Listed below are minimum requirements for those categories.  Even if you meet the criteria we cannot guarantee you will receive a seat.

Foreign Spouse:

  • Valid visa for entry to the United States
  • Valid foreign Passport
  • Original evidence of qualifying relationship to U.S. citizen on the flight (e.g. original marriage certificate)

Child of a U.S. citizen:

  • Original birth certificate clearly indicating the parent’s U.S. citizenship.
  • Valid visa for entry to the United States

U.S. Legal Permanent Resident (LPR):

  • I-551 U.S. permanent resident card, foreign passport, and evidence of residency in the United States in the past 12 months.
  • If you have not been physically present in the United States in the past 12 months, you do not qualify for repatriation as an LPR.
  • An LPR’s family members who have not obtained I-551 U.S. permanent resident cards are not eligible for evacuation assistance.

Commercial Flights: Several commercial “relief flight” options remain available, flying from Yangon to Seoul on Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and on Korean Air, and to Tokyo on All Nippon Airways (ANA).  Seoul and Tokyo are viable transit options for return to the United States.  If availability exists on the above-mentioned flights we encourage you to consider purchasing tickets.

Actions to Take:


U.S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma
110 University Ave
Kamayut Township, Rangoon, Burma
Phone:  +95-1-753-6509

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Burma Country Information

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