Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Myanmar on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Myanmar’s airports are shut to regular commercial air services until further notice. Several relief flights however continue to operate and can be booked commercially. Flights cannot be booked online but can be booked direct with the airlines or travel agent. Neighbouring countries have also closed their land borders to Myanmar. For further information, see Return to the UK.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Myanmar.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.
You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with any UK government testing requirements.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in Myanmar
A limited schedule of domestic flights is operating, though the rules for access is subject to regular change. You are advised to comply with overnight curfews, and minimise movement during the day, avoiding crowds. If you do still attempt to travel domestically, please note that you may encounter police or military checkpoints on your journey. You should contact individual airlines for details, and should comply with all the relevant guidance and regulations while travelling.
In some areas there may be local requirements for visitors from other parts of the country, including the requirement to take a COVID-19 test in advance of travel, and to quarantine on arrival. You should check with local authorities for information on possible local preventative measures.
Some areas in Myanmar are under a state of martial law, whilst others have curfews and ‘Stay at Home’ orders in place. In Yangon the curfew is from 10pm to 4am. You should ensure you are aware of local rules and restrictions before you travel. Since 13 May 2020, it has been compulsory for anyone going out in public in Myanmar to wear a facemask. Failure to wear one will result in a fine.
It is recommended that foreigners carry:
- Form C (immigration document)
- Foreigner’s Registration Certificate
- Myanmar Driver’s Licence (if you own a car)
- a copy of your passport information page
- a copy of your Myanmar visa
- a copy of your immigration stamp showing when you last entered Myanmar.
There have been reports that some local authorities are carrying out checks to make sure all foreign visitors are staying in registered hotels and guest houses, not in private apartments. This is a requirement under Myanmar law and is a condition of your visa.
Some hotels have reopened but many tourist resorts remain closed.
Public places and services
COVID restrictions remain in place. Some restaurants have reopened but some are still closed or only offer take away or delivery. Some shopping centres require customers to register their details upon entry. You must wear a face mask in all public places.
COVID-19 restrictions and policies may change without notice. Many restrictions and policies that existed before the coup have not been formally rescinded. You are advised to follow local media for updates or check with your townships.
If you’re currently in Myanmar and are displaying symptoms of coronavirus, you should consult your healthcare provider.
If you test positive for the virus, you’re likely to be transferred to a government quarantine hospital until you have recovered. Patients are obliged to use a government facility even if they have private insurance. Patients in government hospitals are expected to make their own arrangements for bringing in food and other essential supplies. Lone travellers will not be allowed out of isolation to buy food or make phone calls.
The coronavirus pandemic is expected to put significant pressure on Myanmar’s medical facilities. They may not be able to offer routine care. Vaccine availability is limited in Myanmar. You should get vaccinations and boosters at least 14 days prior to arrival in Myanmar. The British Embassy does not provide vaccines for British nationals.
It may be difficult for you to travel to a neighbouring country for medical attention. Most regional centres are refusing COVID patients from Myanmar. You should check your personal arrangements with your healthcare provider.
Prescriptions from the UK are not accepted in Myanmar. Most hospitals, both government and private, have their own pharmacies. A government hospital will provide a prescription for collection at their pharmacy once a patient has been assessed. To attend a private hospital or clinic you must first register, following an assessment any prescription can be collected at the pharmacy on their premises. Pre-COVID, specific foreign medicines unavailable in Myanmar, could be ordered from Bangkok but suppliers are currently unable to transport these medicines due to COVID restrictions. Medication is sourced locally with supplies from India and Europe. It is therefore recommended that anyone on regular medication brings sufficient supplies with them or is able to have their medication couriered from the UK.
For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.
Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health
View Health for further details on healthcare in Myanmar.
See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Myanmar
This page will be updated as information is available about how you can get a vaccination in Myanmar. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad page.
If you’re a British national living overseas, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.