February 18, 2021
THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE AMERICAN LIAISON NETWORK AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.
While limited international relief flights are still available from Yangon, the U.S. Embassy is aware of the difficulty in booking seats on those flights, which may also be subject to sudden cancellation. In addition, most of the airlines currently operating relief flights do not accept pets. Disruption to airport operations continue.
If there is sufficient interest from the U.S. citizen community, the U.S. Embassy may coordinate a supplemental flight for U.S. citizens with valid U.S. passports that would depart next week from Yangon and return to the United States. This is not an evacuation.
- The date of the flight is not set. However, if it occurs, the flight will depart from Yangon International Airport only.
- The destination will be in the United States, but the exact location is not yet determined. Travelers will have to arrange and pay for their onward domestic travel to their final destination.
- The flight will not be free, and U.S. citizens who join the flight must reimburse the U.S. government for the cost of the flight. We expect the cost of the flight will be comparable to commercial flights returning to the United States from Burma. You will be informed of the total cost before the date of the flight.
- A limited number of pets may be permitted on the flight; more details on pets will be forthcoming.
If you are a U.S. citizen who wants to join this flight, please email ACSRangoon@state.gov with the following information. Please submit the information for each traveler in your group. We will use this information to accurately prepare for the supplemental flight.
- Surname (Last Name) as it appears in your passport
- Given name(s) as it appears in your passport
- Gender as it appears in your passport (Male/Female)
- Date of birth as it appears in your passport (DD-MON-YYYY)
- Passport number
- Passport issuing country (e.g., USA)
- Email address
- Phone number(s) where you can be reached
- Location in Burma
- Final destination in the U.S.
- Are you a U.S. Citizen (Yes/No)?
- Are you traveling with a pet (Yes/No)?
- If you are traveling with a pet, please indicate the breed and size.
Providing this information does not commit you to purchasing a ticket on the flight. However, there may be a limited number of seats, so if you have already submitted the information to us but decide not to avail yourself of this opportunity please let us know by sending an email to ACSRangoon@state.gov. This will allow us to allocate seats to those who want to depart.
We anticipate arranging only one supplemental flight from Burma. Given the lack of other flight options in the near future, U.S. citizens who choose not to join this flight should be prepared to remain in Burma until you are able to secure seats on a relief flight or until commercial flights begin again.
There may be limited seats on the flight. If demand exceeds the number of seats, passengers will be prioritized in the following manner:
- U.S. citizens at higher risk from COVID-19, along with their immediate family members.
- U.S. citizen minors and their U.S. citizen parent(s)/legal guardian(s) or one foreign national parent/legal guardian or escort.
- All other U.S. citizens on a first-come, first-served basis.
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. For information about the COVID-19 testing requirements, current information about local COVID testing options in Burma visit our website: https://mm.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/.
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 supplemental 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 the supplemental flight.
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.
- 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.
Actions to Take:
- If you are a U.S. citizen who wants to join the supplemental flight, please email ACSRangoon@state.govwith the above information. Submit information for each traveler in your group.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Burma.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- Read information for U.S. citizens about a S. government-assisted evacuation.
- Read what the Department of State can and can’t do in a crisis.