COVID-19 Information

Last updated: May 14, 2021

COVID19 Information

***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 May 13, 2021, Burma has confirmed approximately 143,004 cases of COVID-19 within its borders and 3,212 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.  Many restrictions and policies that existed before the coup have not been formally rescinded.  However, most COVID-19 restrictions are no longer actively enforced.  Burmese authorities have not announced new COVID-19 policies.

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 is 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 tests occur daily from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with results available the next day by 9:30 a.m.
  • The cost of the PCR test is 200,000 MMK.
  • Telephone numbers: 094 4409 9941 / 094 4409 9942 (*We have received reports that phone inquiries may not be answered, but the facility remains open).
  • 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
  • Pun Hlaing Hospital: located in Yangon on Pun Hlaing Estate Avenue, Hlaing Tharyar Township, as well as at Pun Hlaing Clinic Downtown Yangon, 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.
  • The cost of the antigen test is 45,000 MMK and the PCR test is 200,000 MMK.
  • Telephone number: 09 40 060 222
  • Samitivej International Clinic: located in Yangon 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).  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 Yangon at Inya Lake Hotel, 37 Kaba Aye Pagoda Road.
  • Swab collections for PCR tests are by appointment only.  Please call the clinic for more information.
  • 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.
  • 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: reception.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, 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?  Are vaccines available in Burma for U.S. citizens to receive? – YES

  • Burmese authorities previously received approximately 3 million Covishield/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses in early 2021.  These vaccines are being 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 this vaccine to foreign nationals residing in Burma.
  • We have received isolated reports from private U.S. citizens who have received this vaccine, but there is no official policy from Burmese authorities regarding vaccination of foreign nationals that the U.S. Embassy can share.
  • 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 overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? – YES

  • 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 through March 31, 2021.  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.  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 via Myanmar Airways International (MAI), Singapore Airlines, or other airlines currently operating.
  • 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, 2020, 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

  • 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. that supersedes previous COVID-19 policies.  Recently, the curfew in Yangon 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.  Many restrictions and policies that existed before the coup have not been formally rescinded.  However, most COVID-19 restrictions are no longer actively enforced.  Burmese authorities have not announced new COVID-19 policies.
  • Some 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, 2020.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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, 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.  The availability of quarantine facilities may be disrupted by worker strikes and business closures related to the recent military coup.
  • 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 seven 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

  • Some domestic flights resumed on December 16, 2020.  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 restarted 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.  Many restrictions and policies that existed before the coup have not been formally rescinded.  However, most COVID-19 restrictions are no longer actively enforced.  Burmese authorities have not announced new COVID-19 policies.

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 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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