Before applying for the Myanmar visa check whether the coronavirus can ruin your travel plans for a holiday or business trip. Myanmar has also officially announced infections and deaths as a result of the coronavirus. In this article you can read about the possible consequences of the coronavirus on your travel plans. This article was last updated on 28-04-2020.
How serious is the coronavirus problem in Myanmar?
Compared to surrounding countries, damages as a result of the coronavirus in Myanmar have remained fairly limited. On 28-04-2020 146 coronavirus infections were reported and 5 people had died of Covid-19. However, the government of Myanmar has taken a large number of measures to curb the further spread of the virus. This includes a temporary entry ban, meaning no tourists or business travellers can currently travel to Myanmar, even if they possess a visa. This entry ban applies until 30 April, but will in all likelihood be extended.
Coronavirus in Myanmar: the number of officially reported infections is as of yet relatively low.
Can I already apply for a Myanmar visa again?
Do you have travel plans and already want to apply for a Myanmar visa for a trip after the coronavirus limitations are lifted? Then you can already submit your visa applications. However, you do have to wait for an approved visa until the immigration service resumes their inspections. Until that time, all applications are put on hold. As soon as the government of Myanmar considers the situation surrounding the coronavirus safe enough, all submitted applications will be processed. It is currently not known when the limitations will be sufficiently reduced to make business trips and holidays to Myanmar a possibility again.
I already have a visa, can I still use it?
The validity period of the Myanmar visa starts as soon as the visa is issued and amounts to 90 days. The expiry date is mentioned on the visa. If the coronavirus entry ban in Myanmar is lifted and the visa is still valid, it can still be used to travel to the country. It is not possible to change the dates mentioned on the visa.
What are the expectations for the (near) future?
It is expected that the immigration service of Myanmar will give an update this week or next week and provide more information regarding the future measures they will take due to the coronavirus in Myanmar.
Will my damages as a result of the coronavirus be reimbursed?
If you have a Myanmar visa which you cannot use due to the coronavirus, you might suffer financial damages. Depending on your insurance, you might be able to claim these damages with your travel insurance. The immigration service of Myanmar will not reimburse any damages. An approved visa can also not be cancelled.
Disclaimer: no rights can be derived from the information on this page. Due to the rapid succession of new developments, it cannot be guaranteed that all information is up to date and complete. We do, however, try to provide timely updates on the status of the coronavirus in Myanmar and its impact on your travel plans and visa.