COVID-19 Information

Last updated: November 8, 2021

COVID19 Information

Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exceptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exception. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exceptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Country-Specific Information:

  • See CDC’s COVID-19 website for more information.
  • View U.S. Embassy Rangoon’s most recent Alerts and Messages for U.S. Citizens.
  • As of November 7, 2021, Burma has confirmed approximately 506,816 cases of COVID-19 within its borders and 18,821 deaths from the virus.
  • Burma can test for COVID-19 infections domestically.
  • There has been no change in the availability of fuel or water in Burma due to COVID-19. COVID-19 has disrupted the regular supply of some imported food products.
  • Criminal penalties exist, and are being applied, for violating Burma’s virus-control efforts.
  • On March 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post, including U.S. Embassy Rangoon, of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at a higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.
  • The U.S. Government has suspended all Peace Corps operations globally and Peace Corps volunteers in Burma returned to the United States.
  • As a result of the recent military coup d’état in Burma, COVID-19 restrictions and policies may change without notice.

COVID-19 Testing:

Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Burma? If so, are test results reliably available with 72 hours?YES

Same-day PCR testing is available at most labs in Yangon, as below. Please contact the lab in advance to confirm the details of same-day testing.

Testing is available at the following locations:

  • Yangon Airport Molecular Lab: located on Pyay Road near the Htan Pin Gone bus stop and DHL Myanmar warehouse at the airport.
    • Swab collections for PCR tests occur daily from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with results available the next day.
    • Same-day testing: swab collection available from 7:00 to 11:30 a.m. with results and certificate available at 6:00 p.m.
    • The cost of the PCR test is 200,000 MMK.
    • Telephone numbers: 094 4409 9941 / 094 4409 9942
  • N Health: located in Rangoon at the Tourist Burma Building on the corner of Maha Bandula St. and Sule Paya St. (near Sule Pagoda).
    • Swab collections for PCR tests occur daily from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. with PCR results available within 24 hours.
    • Same-day testing: swab collection at 9:00 a.m. with results and certificate available at 6:30 p.m.
    • The cost of the PCR test is 200,000 MMK.
    • Telephone numbers: 01 230 3202 / 09 519 9122
  • Pun Hlaing Hospital: located in Rangoon on Pun Hlaing Estate Avenue, Hlaing Tharyar Township, as well as at Pun Hlaing Clinic Downtown Rangoon, No. 14/A, Taw Win Street (Corner of Ambassador St and Taw Win St), Dagon Township.
    • PCR and antigen tests are provided. Please call or register online at least 24 hours in advance.
    • Same-day testing: swab collection at 9:00 a.m. with results and certificate available at 7:00 p.m. Appointment required.
    • The cost of the antigen test is 45,000 MMK and the PCR test is 200,000 MMK.
    • Telephone number: 099400 60222
  • Samitivej International Clinic: located in Rangoon at 9E/2 Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, Mayangone Township.
    • Requirements: copy of air ticket and copy of passport.
    • Swab collections occur daily from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. with results available within 30 hours (via email with hard copy also available for pickup).
    • Same-day testing: swab collection at 8:30 a.m. with results and certificate available at around 4:30 or 5:00 p.m.
    • Please call first before visiting the clinic.
    • The cost is 420,000 MMK (includes doctor consultation, Fit to Fly certificate, sample collection fees, lab test) or at-home sample collection is available (includes doctor consultation, Fit to Fly certificate, sample collection fees, transportation fees, lab test). Please contact the clinic for at-home pricing.
    • Antigen tests are also available. Please contact the clinic for details.
    • Telephone numbers: 01 656 732 / 01 660 545 / 09 42427 4301
  • International SOS Clinic: located in Rangon at Inya Lake Hotel, 37 Kaba Aye Pagoda Road.
    • Swab collections for PCR tests are by appointment only.
    • International SOS will set up a tele-consultation with a doctor three days before your flight, with swab collection two days before your flight, and results available the day before your flight.
    • Same-day testing: swab collection at 7:30 a.m. with results and certificate available at around 7:30 p.m.
    • The cost of the tele-consultation is $63 USD, the PCR swab collection is $55 USD, and the cost for processing of the PCR test result is $143 USD.
    • Telephone numbers: 01 657 922 / 09 420 114 536
    • Email: ygn@internationalsos.com

Note: This information may change frequently and without notice. Those seeking a test are advised to contact the lab first before showing up to check on the most recent requirements, policies, and operating hours.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

Have Burmese authorities approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  – YES

Burmese authorities previously received approximately 3 million Covishield/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses in early 2021.  These vaccines were distributed without any public announcement of a vaccination plan.  Burmese authorities have not communicated to the U.S. Embassy how or if they will provide a vaccine to foreign nationals residing in Burma.

Are vaccines available in Burma for U.S. citizens to receive?YES

  • We received isolated reports from private U.S. citizens who received this vaccine, most commonly through their employer, but there is no official policy from Burmese authorities regarding vaccination of foreign nationals. U.S. citizens may wish to contact private clinics and hospitals directly to determine the availability of COVID-19 vaccines to the public.
  • Pun Hlaing Hospital has announced a COVID-19 vaccination program and is prepared to begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to the public in early December. We understand the total cost for two doses is set at 95,000 kyat, non-refundable and with full payment required up front.  The second dose will be administered approximately 30 days after the first dose. American citizens interested in participating in Pun Hlaing’s vaccination program may register now and should contact Pun Hlaing hospital directly. The Embassy shares this information as a courtesy but does not endorse or recommend any specific vaccination program in Burma.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens in Burma. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?YES, but only under certain circumstances

Entry

  • Effective March 30, 2020, Burmese authorities will no longer allow international commercial passenger flights to land at any airport in Burma. This suspension will last until further notice.  All landing permissions previously granted are suspended.  Exceptions apply to “relief flights, all-cargo flights, medical evacuation flights and special flights specifically approved by the Department of Civil Aviation.”
  • On March 19, 2020, Burmese authorities announced the temporary suspension of entry and exit of foreign nationals through land borders. U.S. citizens cannot enter/exit Burma from/to any of Burma’s land borders with Thailand, Laos, China, India, and Bangladesh.
  • U.S. citizens seeking to enter Burma should contact their nearest Burmese Embassy for further information on entry permissions. We understand that U.S. citizens have waited for weeks and even months for a seat on one of the returning relief flights. The U.S. Embassy cannot assist private U.S. citizens seeking to return to Burma.

Exit

  • U.S. citizens seeking to depart Burma should consider purchasing a ticket on a commercial flight departing Rangoon.
  • As of June 1, 2021, Burmese authorities require that all airlines provide final manifests for international flights to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs no later than five days in advance. All international air travelers, including U.S. citizens, must book their tickets at least six days before the flight.

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?YES

  • On July 30, 2020, Burmese authorities updated implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • All foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens and all diplomats and U.N. officials, are required to present laboratory evidence of absence of COVID-19 infection issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel before boarding any airline destined to Burma.

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?YES

  • U.S. citizens have reported being asked to submit to a COVID-19 health examination as part of their in-country Burmese visa renewal process.

Movement Restrictions:

Is a curfew in place?YES

  • The military regime has instituted a ban on gatherings of five or more people, and a nationwide curfew from 8:00 P.M. until 4:00 A.M. In Rangoon, the curfew was shortened to 10:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M.

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?YES

  • As a result of the recent military coup d’état in Burma, COVID-19 restrictions and policies may change without notice.
  • Some domestic flights have resumed in Burma. Contact domestic airlines for details about COVID-19 related travel procedures.
  • U.S. citizens traveling or residing anywhere in Burma 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.
  • Burmese authorities announced stay-at-home orders for most townships in Yangon Region, on July 12, and lifted them on September 12, 2021. U.S. citizens should be prepared in the event that additional COVID-19 stay-at-home orders are imposed with little notice.
  • During COVID-19 stay-at-home orders in Burma, residents may only leave their residence to travel to/from work, to buy groceries, or for medical treatment. A mask must be worn at all times when outside the home.  Authorities set up checkpoints in Rangoon and elsewhere to verify travelers are on the road for permitted reasons.

Quarantine Information:

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?YES

  • On July 30, 2020, Burmese authorities updated implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Current restrictions include:
  • Foreign nationals are required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test issued within 72 hours of boarding and must be tested for COVID-19 on day 3 and day 7 of a government facility quarantine. Those who arrive without results of a COVID-19 test issued within 72 hours of travel may be subjected to a 14-day government facility quarantine.
  • Effective November 3, 2021 all fully vaccinated individuals, including U.S. citizens, are required to quarantine in a government facility or designated hotel upon arrival for 7 days. Unvaccinated individuals or those not fully vaccinated must quarantine for 10 days.
  • Burmese authorities are not notifying the U.S. Embassy when a U.S. citizen is ordered into quarantine. If you are a U.S. citizen and are ordered into COVID-19-related quarantine in Burma, please call the Embassy at 01-753-6509 or email us at ACSRangoon@state.gov to notify us.
  • If a U.S. citizen is ordered into quarantine for COVID-19, the location of the quarantine will be a Burmese public hospital, Buddhist monastery, or designated hotel. In most instances, you will not be able to choose your specific quarantine facility.
  • If you are quarantined in a hotel, you will be charged for all hotel fees.
  • Burmese authorities have established isolation units at most public hospitals and other designated sites across Burma. The quality of these isolation units may vary greatly from U.S. hospital isolation units.

Transportation Options:

Are commercial flights operating?YES

  • Some domestic flights have resumed. A limited number of outbound commercial flights are operating on Myanmar Airways International (MAI), Singapore Airlines, and others. There are no commercial flights entering Burma currently.

Is public transportation operating?YES

  • Trains: A limited number of train routes are operating.
  • Buses: Intra-provincial bus service has resumed but may be limited due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. City buses are limited due to the ongoing civil unrest.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • As a result of the recent military coup d’état in Burma, COVID-19 restrictions and policies may change without notice.

Consular Operations:

  • The U.S. Embassy in Burma is conducting routine and emergency American Citizen Services (ACS) at normal capacity. Please visit here to schedule an appointment or contact the ACS Unit.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Burma remains unable to resume routine nonimmigrant visa services at this time. Please visit here for more information.

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