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 08-08-2021.
How serious is the coronavirus problem in Myanmar?
After an initially slow outbreak in Myanmar, the number of infected people and deaths increased rapidly. The Myanmar government has taken many measures to prevent further spreading of the virus and the number of new infections is now declining. As of 24-06-21, 149,927 coronavirus infections have been reported and 3,269 people have died from COVID-19. It seems that since the coup of 1 February, coronavirus testing has been reduced considerably, resulting in substantial under-reporting. Most districts of Rangoon city and parts of Mandalay have been under martial law since 15 March. Due to the coup, a curfew is in effect in large parts of the country, from 20:00 to 04:00. However, local authorities can suddenly extend curfew times and impose lockdowns for certain areas.
Travelling between the various provinces of Myanmar is limited and travelling by land is discouraged for safety reasons. Certain parts of the country have testing and quarantine requirements for travellers from other parts of the country. Masks are mandatory throughout the country in public spaces. Not wearing a mask can lead to fines, and arrests have also been reported.
Due to a combination of risks as a result of the coup and the risks of being infected with the coronavirus, the British government advises travellers to leave the country if possible. Travellers that are still in Myanmar do not have to leave the country if this is not possible, even if their visa has expired. A travel ban is currently in place, meaning no tourists or business travellers can enter Myanmar, even if they possess a visa. In exceptional cases, the embassy might decide a traveller has a very compelling reason to travel, allowing them to travel to Myanmar.
There are no commercial flights to Myanmar until at least 32 July. It currently cannot be said if the travel ban will be extended at that time. Those that receive a special exemption to travel to Myanmar must be able to present a negative coronavirus test at the passport check, which cannot be older than 72 hours. On arrival in Myanmar, they must go into quarantine for at least 10 days in a hotel or quarantine facility designated by the government. You will have to pay for the costs of this yourself. Travellers that were in the United Kingdom in the 14 days prior to their arrival are not allowed to enter Myanmar until further notice.
Coronavirus in Myanmar: the number of infections remains high in Rangoon and Mandalay in particular.
Can I already apply for a Myanmar visa again?
Do you have travel plans and do you already want to apply for a Myanmar visa for a trip after the coronavirus limitations are lifted? Then you can already submit your visa application. 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. The Myanmar embassy can in highly exceptional cases ("compelling reasons") issue a specific permit, in order to travel to Myanmar despite the travel ban.
Currently, the immigration service has suspended issuing of e-visas until 31 July. It is expected that the immigration service of Myanmar will then give a new update, and provide more information regarding any future measures taking against the coronavirus in Myanmar.
Would you like to receive an e-mail when the travel ban has been lifted? Fill in your e-mail address and receive an update
I already have a visa, can I still use it?
The validity term 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. Myanmarʼs immigration service has announced that the validity of e-visas for Myanmar, which were issued between 02-01-2020 and 21-03-20, will be automatically extended until 90 days after the end of the travel ban.
Travel limitations due to state of emergency
On 1 February, the army arrested high-ranking state officials and declared a state of emergency for one year. As a result, all commercial international and national flights (aside from a few humanitarian flights) have been suspended until May. Travelling to Myanmar is currently only possible after receiving permission from the Myanmar embassy.
What should I do if I am already in Myanmar?
On 1 February, the army arrested high-ranking state officials and declared a state of emergency for one year. As a result, all commercial international and domestic flights (with the exception of a few humanitarian flights) have been suspended - for the time being until the end of May. Travel to Myanmar is currently only possible with prior permission from the Myanmar Embassy.
What if I am already in Myanmar?
The British authorities advise its nationals in connection with the coup urgently to return to the Netherlands if possible. There are regular commercial flights from Myanmar to, for example, Singapore or Bangkok, from where you can fly on to Europe. Make sure you have printed out all the documents needed for the flight in advance as the wifi at Rangoon airport is poor. If you do have to stay in Myanmar, find a safe place and stay home as much as possible. Follow the local rules and the instructions of the local authorities and observe the precautionary measures of the British government. For example, a mouth mask is always necessary when leaving the house. Violations of hygiene regulations can result in heavy fines.
Travellers who test positive for corona during or after the quarantine period are placed in isolation accommodation. They have to accept the isolation or treatment facility designated by the government, even if they have health insurance for a private hospital.
When returning to the Netherlands, you must undergo a NAAT test before leaving there, which must have been taken either up to 24 hours before boarding or else up to 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands. If the NAAT(PCR) test was taken between 24 hours before departure and 72 hours before your arrival in the Netherlands, you must also have a rapid test for corona carried out no more than 24 hours before your departure. On arrival in the Netherlands, you will go into home quarantine for 10 days. Despite negative tests, you will remain in home quarantine for 10 days after your return.
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 have suffered 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, and an approved visa can also not be cancelled. However, the immigration service has announced that the validity of all unused e-visas for Myanmar, which were issued between 02-01-2020 and 21-03-20, will be automatically extended until 90 days after the end of the travel ban.
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.