COVID-19 Information

Updated: February 22, 2021

***Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

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 February 19, Burma has confirmed 141,709 cases of COVID-19 within its borders and 3,193 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.
  • The U.S. Government is actively cooperating and assisting Burmese authorities in their COVID-19 detection and preparation efforts.
  • As a result of the recent military coup in Burma, COVID-19 restrictions and policies may change. At the moment, the military regime has not announced new COVID-19 policies. Previous COVID-19 orders should be followed until otherwise notified.

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

  • Testing for international travel is normally available through the National Health Lab (NHL) (PCR tests only) in Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw. As of February 11, NHL is closed until further notice.
  • Testing is also available at the following locations:
  • Air Cargo Terminal at Yangon International Airport: located on Pyay Road near the Than Pin Gone bus stop. It is located near the DHL Myanmar warehouse at the airport, which is searchable in Google Maps.
  • Swab collections for PCR and antigen tests occur daily from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with PCR results available the next day by 9:30 a.m. Antigen results are available sooner (please ask testing lab directly).
  • The cost of the test is 200,000 MMK (PCR) and 20,000 MMK (antigen).
  • Telephone numbers: 094 4409 9941/094 4409 9942
  • N Health: located in Yangon 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.
  • The cost of the PCR test is 200,000 MMK.
  • Telephone numbers: 01 230 3202/09 519 9122
  • International SOS: located in Yangon at Inya Lake Hotel, 37 Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, Yangon.
  • 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). Please call first before visiting the clinic.
  • The cost is $261 USD (includes doctor consultation, Fit to Fly certificate, sample collection fees, lab test) or at-home sample collection is available for $413 USD (includes doctor consultation, Fit to Fly certificate, sample collection fees, transportation fees, lab test).
  • Pun Hlaing Hospital: located in Yangon on Pun Hlaing Estate Avenue, Hlaing Tharyar Township.
  • Please call for information about sample collection times. Only antigen tests are provided.
  • The cost of the antigen test is 45,000 MMK.
  • Telephone number: 01 368 4323
  • 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, or contact us at ACSRangoon@state.gov.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html.
  • Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email ACSRangoon@state.gov.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

Have Burmese authorities approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?NO

  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Burmese authorities are still finalizing their COVID-19 vaccination plan. It is unclear at this time if foreign nationals will be included in this plan.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?YES

  • Entry: Effective March 30, Burmese authorities will no longer allow international commercial passenger flights to land at any airport in Burma. This suspension will last through February 28.  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, 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. 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 flight from Yangon to Incheon, South Korea via Myanmar Airways International (MAI) or Korean Air, and then transiting from South Korea to the United States. Seats are available on multiple MAI and Korean Air flights.
  • U.S. citizens departing Burma have noted that the Yangon International Airport has turned off the air conditioning and all shops are closed. U.S. citizens should prepare accordingly for these conditions for the hours before their flight departs.

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

  • On July 30, Burmese authorities updated implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, to include the following:
  • 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-focused health examination as part of their in-country Burmese visa renewal process.

Movement Restrictions:

Is a curfew in place?YES

  • Burmese authorities have instituted stay-at-home orders, curfews, bans on public gatherings, and closures of public events, entertainment venues, and religious institutions.
  • Burmese authorities imposed a nationwide ban on gatherings of 30 or more people, effective beginning on August 16. Exceptions include work commutes for public servants, corporate employees, and factory workers; medical emergencies; shopping at permitted markets; delivery of goods; employment activities; public, private, and monastic schools; holding meetings, discussions, and classes in line with Ministry of Health guidelines; eating at restaurants that follow Ministry of Health guidelines; official COVID-19 control and protection activities; and funerals.
  • There is a nationwide curfew in place, from 12:00 A.M. to 4:00 A.M. Authorities are actively enforcing this curfew.

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?YES

  • Domestic flights have resumed in Burma. Contact domestic airlines for details about COVID-19 related travel procedures.
  • Burmese authorities announced stay-at-home orders for all of Yangon Region (except for Coco Island), effective at 8:00 AM on September 21.
  • Residents of Yangon Region must abide by the following orders: 1.) stay at home unless going to/from work, 2.) employees of private organizations and businesses must telework (those working in banking and finance, gas stations, food and refrigeration services, production and manufacturing of pharmaceutical products, medical equipment production, and the distribution of drinking water and personal hygiene items are exempt), 3.) only one person per household allowed for grocery shopping, 3.) only two people per household allowed for medical treatment, 4.) a mask must be worn at all times when out of the home, 5.) only vehicles transporting people for one of the permitted activities are allowed to pass through other townships, 6.) in addition to the passenger(s), only one driver is allowed in a vehicle for the permitted activities, and 7.) advance approval from the respective ward administration is needed for anything that falls outside of these permitted activities. Failure to comply with this order will warrant action under the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases Law.
  • Travel restrictions and mandatory public health measures are in force in most parts of Burma. U.S. citizens travelling or resident 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.

Quarantine Information:

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?YES

  • On July 30, Burmese authorities updated implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, to include the following:
  • All foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, must first self-quarantine in their countries of origin for seven days, quarantine in a government facility or designated hotel upon arriving for another 14 days, and then self-quarantine at home for seven days. These guidelines are subject to change without notice.
  • Foreign nationals will also be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test issued within 72 hours of boarding and must be tested for COVID-19 at the end of the government facility quarantine and at the end of the home quarantine period. 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.
  • Arriving foreign nationals must present evidence of the required pre-arrival self-quarantine. The U.S. Embassy does not have clarification on what documentation the government will accept as evidence of the various requirements, such as the pre-arrival self-quarantine.
  • Foreign nationals planning to travel to Burma should contact their nearest Burmese Embassy prior to traveling to request approvals and clarification.
  • 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 in to COVID-19-related quarantine in Burma, please call the Embassy at 01-753-6509 or email us at ACSRangoon@state.gov to notify us.
  • 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.
  • If a U.S. citizen is quarantined 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.
  • If a U.S. citizen is quarantined for COVID-19, the facility quarantine may last for 10-14 days, followed by a seven-day home quarantine. During the quarantine period, any U.S. Embassy assistance will be subject to Burmese authorities’ approval.

Transportation Options:

Are commercial flights operating?YES

  • Domestic flights resumed on December 16. A limited number of outbound commercial flights are operating on Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and Korean Air to Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea.  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 restarted but may be limited due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. City buses are operating as normal.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Burmese authorities are actively enforcing rules regarding social distancing, curfews, movement restrictions, mask mandates, etc. Consequences can include fines or arrest for non-compliance.

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 all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but we are unable to provide a specific date. Please visit here for more information.

Local Resources:

  • The Ministry of Health and Sports publishes data daily about COVID-19 on its website. Read more here.

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