Myanmar – Covid-19 – Immigration update

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Update: May 20th, 2020

Further extension of effective period of temporary measures

What is the change?

The Department of Civil Aviation has announced that the restrictions for all airlines operating international air services to and from Yangon International Airport (YIA) have been further extended until 31 May 2020, 11.59 p.m. (MST).

These restrictions had been previously extended to 15 May 2020, 11.59 p.m. (MST) to temporarily suspend the landing of all international commercial passenger flights at YIA.

Update: March 31st, 2020

Announcement on temporary suspension of all types of visas for foreign nationals from all countries visiting Myanmar

What is the change?

The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has decided to adopt the following entry visa restrictions for visitors from all countries with effect from 29 March, 00.01 hours MST. These temporary measures will be in force till 30 April:

  • Suspension of the issuance of all types of visas (including social visit 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.
  • Suspension of visa exemption granted to all foreign nationals on the basis of bilateral arrangements, including those from Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) member countries, except those holding diplomatic and official passports.
  • All diplomats accredited to Myanmar and United Nations officials resident in Myanmar may obtain entry visas through the respective Myanmar Missions abroad. They shall be required to provide certification of the absence of COVID-19 infection issued by a recognised laboratory no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel and before boarding any aircraft destined for Myanmar. They shall be subject to home quarantine for 14 days on their arrival in Myanmar.
  • Crew of ships or aircraft operating to and from Myanmar may also obtain entry visa through respective Myanmar Missions abroad. They shall be required to follow the latest guidelines and directives issued by the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Union of Myanmar.

Foreign nationals who are required to visit Myanmar on urgent official mission or for a compelling reason may contact the nearest Myanmar Missions abroad for possible exceptions on certain entry restrictions from the authorities.

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