COVID-19 Information

Updated: April 6, 2020

Repatriation Flight:

 The U.S. Embassy coordinated a repatriation flight for U.S. citizens on April 6, 2020. Given demand for the April 6 flight, we do not anticipate organizing another flight.

 Country-Specific Information:

  • See CDC’s COVID-19 website for more information.
  • The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
  • View U.S. Embassy Rangoon’s Most Recent Alerts and Messages for U.S. Citizens.
  • Burma has confirmed 21 cases of COVID-19 within its borders and one death from the virus.
  • Burma has the ability to test for COVID-19 infections domestically.
  • There has been no change in the availability of fuel, food, or water in Myanmar due to COVID-19.
  • Criminal penalties exist, and are being applied, for violating Myanmar’s disease-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 Myanmar returned to the United States.
  • The U.S. government is actively cooperating and assisting the Myanmar government in its COVID-19 detection and preparation efforts.

Travel and Activity Restrictions within Burma:

The Myanmar government has instituted wide-spread closures of public events, entertainment venues, restaurants, and religious institutions, and encouraged people to stay at home.

  • Mandalay: 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.
  • On April 2, 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.
  • Yangon: 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.
  • Other Locations: 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Flights:

  • Starting March 30, 2020 at 11:59 P.M., the Burmese government will no longer allow international commercial passenger flights to land at any airport in Burma. This suspension will last until April 13, 2020. 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.”

 Land Borders:

  • On March 19, the Myanmar government announced the temporary suspension of entry and exit of foreign nationals through land borders. U.S. citizens cannot enter/exit Myanmar from/to any of Myanmar’s land borders with Thailand, Laos, China, India, and Bangladesh.

Entry Requirements:

  • On March 24, the Myanmar government updated implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, to include the following, beginning at 12:01 AM on March 25, 2020:
    • All incoming Myanmar nationals are required to present a medical certificate showing that they have no symptoms of acute respiratory illness (fever and cough or shortness of breath) before boarding any airline destinated for Myanmar. They will be required to undergo quarantine in a Myanmar government facility for 14 days after arriving in Myanmar.
    • 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 Myanmar. They will be required to undergo quarantine in a Myanmar government facility for 14 days after arriving in Myanmar.
  • The Myanmar government suspended the e-visa and visa-on-arrival programs.
  • From March 29 – April 30, 2020, the Myanmar government has suspended the issuance of all types of visas to all foreign nationals, except diplomats accredited to Myanmar, United Nations officials resident in Myanmar and crew of ships and aircraft operating to and from Myanmar.
  • Some U.S. citizens have reported being asked to submit to a COVID-19-focused health examination as part of their Myanmar visa renewal process.
  • The Myanmar government is conducting temperature and travel history screening at all ports of entry.
  • Private businesses in Myanmar are voluntarily conducting temperature screening. These institutions may deny services to individuals, including U.S. citizens, with fevers based on their own decisions.

Quarantine Information:

  • The Myanmar government is not notifying the U.S. Embassy when a U.S. citizen is ordered in to quarantine. If you are a U.S. citizens and are ordered in to COVID-19-related quarantine in Burma, please call the Embassy at 01-753-6509 to notify us and seek assistance.
  • The Myanmar government has established isolation units at most public hospitals and some designated private hotels across Myanmar. 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 Myanmar public hospital or designated hotel.
  • Depending on the severity of the suspected case, the Myanmar government may relocate COVID-19 patients to larger regional hospitals in Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw, or Mandalay.
  • If a U.S. citizen is quarantined for COVID-19, the quarantine may last for 14 days. During the quarantine, the U.S. Embassy will seek to assist the citizen.  Our assistance and any visit will be subject to Myanmar government approval.
  • The Myanmar government has not provided the U.S. Embassy with detailed information on how it will treat quarantined U.S. citizens.

Local Resources:

  • The Ministry of Health and Sports publishes data daily about COVID-19 on its website. Read more here.
  • Fact-check information you read about COVID-19 in Myanmar. The Myanmar government regularly publishes English-language information about COVID-19 in The Global New Light of Myanmar state-run newspaper.

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