Myanmar Entry Requirements
Myanmar Entry Requirements define the conditions that one must meet in order to enter Myanmar issues-free. These requirements specify documents that a traveler will need to obtain prior to departure.
One of the most important documents, without which it's impossible to travel to Myanmar, is a valid passport. It must remain valid for at least 6 months from the date of intended arrival in the country. If it is to expire sooner, a traveler should renew it before setting off for a trip.
Another equally essential document that most foreign travelers need to obtain to visit Myanmar is a visa. At the moment, there are no foreign citizens who could travel to Myanmar visa-free.
Nevertheless, thanks to the introduction of the electronic visa system by the Myanmar Government, citizens of more than 100 different countries around the globe are eligible to get a visa for Myanmar without even leaving home. The Myanmar eVisa is issued for tourism or business purposes and allows staying in the country for 28 and 70 days, respectively. Both eVisa types remain valid for 3 months from the approval date.
Moreover, all those who cannot apply for Myanmar eVisa or those who plan to visit Myanmar for other purposes than business or tourism will need to visit the nearest Myanmar Embassy and obtain a visa in person.
Myanmar's borders remained closed for nearly 2 years due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The country's authorities welcomed fully vaccinated tourists again in May 2022, at the same time resuming the issuance of tourist electronic visas. One month earlier, in April 2022, the business eVisas had been restored, and travelers could take commercial flights as before pandemic times.
Currently, the Myanmar authorities are still maintaining some Covid-19 restrictions allowing entry only to fully vaccinated travelers with some exceptions for relief flights. Even fully vaccinated arrivals are asked to show a negative test result and take post-arrival testing.
Read on for all the details on current Myanmar entry requirements. Please, however, note that travel restrictions are constantly changing, and it is your responsibility to be always up-to-date with the latest changes that may have been imposed.
Who can enter Myanmar?
At the moment, Myanmar welcomes all international travelers provided that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Documents check-list for entering Myanmar
- valid passport
- Myanmar visa
- Covid-19 vaccination proof (only if vaccinated)
- a negative RAT taken 48 hours prior to travel (if vaccinated)
- a negative PCR taken 48 hours prior to travel (if unvaccinated)
- travel insurance from Myanma Insurance (mandatory)
Testing, vaccination, and quarantine requirements
Testing before departure
You will need to submit a negative RAT result performed no earlier than 48 hours before the planned arrival in Myanmar. If you are unvaccinated and allowed to travel to Myanmar by relief flights, you will need to submit a PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to planned travel.
Testing on arrival
Upon arrival in Myanmar, you should be prepared to take another Covid-19 test (RAT) at the airport. The test will be taken regardless of your vaccination status, and its cost is at your expense. Make sure that you have 15,000 MMK in cash.
In case the test is negative, you will be free to explore Myanmar. Those who display some symptoms or have positive test results will need to isolate themselves at their own cost.
Myanmar currently welcomes only fully vaccinated travelers, with some exceptions when unvaccinated travelers can use relief flights.
The Myanmar authorities accept the following Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers:
- CoronaVac (Sinovac Biotech Ltd)
- Pfizer – BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine or Comirnaty (Pfizer Inc & BioNTech)
- Janssen or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson and Johnson
- AstraZeneca or Covishield (AstraZeneca & University of Oxford/ SK BioScience (Korea) / Siam BioScience / Serum Institute of India (SII))
- Sinopharm or COVILO or BIBP-CorV (Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co. Ltd)
- Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) (Gamaleya National Research Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology)
- Sputnik Light (Gamaleya National Research Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology)
- Covaxin by Bharat Biotech
- Modema (ModemaTX, Inc.)
- Myancopharm by Ministry of Industry, Myanmar
- Nuvaxovid (NVX-CoV2373) (Novavax Co. Ltd)
- CorBEvax (Biological E Limited)
- Covovax (Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd)
In order to be recognized as fully vaccinated, the last vaccination dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to the planned journey. There are no special regulations regarding booster doses.
Non-fully vaccinated travelers should follow the same entry regulations applicable to unvaccinated. The same applies to the persons who have recently recovered from Covid-19 and are not vaccinated or non-fully-vaccinated - they are considered unvaccinated.
If the post-arrival Covid-19 test will be positive, you will be immediately isolated and directed to a medical facility. All the medical costs and other isolation-related, as well as treatment expenses, are expected to be covered by a traveler.
Patients hospitalized due to the coronavirus need to use a government facility even if they have their own private insurance. They are also expected to arrange food and other essential supplies on their own.
Unvaccinated or non-fully-vaccinated travelers arriving in Myanmar under a relief flight are subject to a 5-day hotel quarantine. They will also be tested for Covid-19 (two RT-PCR tests).
Traveling from Myanmar
If you leave Myanmar, make sure that you know the requirements of the airline you will be flying with or your travel provider. Most often, you may be required to provide a valid negative PCR or RAT test result.
Don't forget to check it to ensure hassle-free boarding and entry to the country of your next travel destination. Please do also remember to meet other entry requirements, including getting a relevant visa if applicable.
Traveling to Myanmar
Myanmar reopened its borders to fully vaccinated international tourists and resumed tourist visa applications in May 2022.
Travelers can visit Myanmar again, provided that they are able to submit a valid Covid-19 vaccination proof and a negative pre-departure test report.
The country's authorities had previously welcomed business travelers who can apply for a business eVisa since April 2022.
Before going to Myanmar, check thoroughly what requirements you must meet, including the necessary documents that you will need to prepare before a trip. Do also remember that covid-related entry regulations may change at any time. Familiarize yourself with the recent updates.
Entry Rules for Children
Children under 12
Children younger than 12 years old do not need to provide vaccine certificates if they travel to Myanmar with parents or guardians who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Children under 6
If a minor under 6 years old is traveling with their fully vaccinated parents or guardians, they do not need to submit a negative RT-PCR test certificate to enter Myanmar.
Transit through Myanmar
At the moment, travelers are still not allowed to transit through Myanmar.
If you are a transit passenger, you will need to seek some other transit alternatives until the restrictions on transit flights in Myanmar are lifted.
Myanmar visa requirements
Travelers from around 100 countries around the world, including EU countries, Canada, and the US, can apply for a Myanmar tourist eVisa by submitting an entirely online application. After successful processing, the approved eVisa is delivered to the applicant's email address, which totally eliminates the necessity to visit the Myanmar embassy in person.
A tourist eVisa for Myanmar enables a single stay in the country not exceeding 28 days. If you wish to travel to Burma for business purposes, you need to apply for a business eVisa, which is issued as a single-entry permit. A holder of a business electronic visa is allowed to stay in Myanmar for maximally 70 days.
Citizens eligible for an online visa who plan to travel to Myanmar for different purposes than tourism or business, e.g., work or study, must obtain a relevant visa at one of the Burma diplomatic missions. Check if your country is eligible for Myanmar eVisa and obtain yours.
Embassy or Consular Visa
According to the Myanmar visa policy, there are around 140 different countries whose nationals must obtain an embassy visa before traveling to Myanmar. They need to visit the nearest embassy or consulate to obtain a visa regardless of the planned duration of stay in the country and the visiting purpose.
The application for a traditional visa must be started well in advance of the planned trip and most often involves an interview and the necessity to submit some supporting documents. An applicant should book an appointment at the nearest diplomatic mission of Myanmar. The processing time may even take several weeks. Depending on the requested visa types, different additional documents may be required.
See the list below to check whether your nationality requires an embassy or consulate visa for Myanmar:
- Aland Islands
- American Samoa
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Cayman Islands
- Central African Republic
- Christmas Island
- Cocos Islands
- Cook Islands
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- Federated States of Micronesia
- French Guiana
- French Polynesia
- Guinea Bissau
- Isle of Man
- Marshall Islands
- New Caledonia
- Norfolk Island
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Palestinian Territory
- Papua New Guinea
- Pitcairn Islands
- Puerto Rico
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Helena
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Martin
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sierra Leone
- Sint Maarten
- Solomon Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- South Sudan
- Svalbard and Jan Mayen
- Syrian Arab Republic
- Timor Leste
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Arab Emirates
- United States Virgin Islands
- Vatican City
- Wallis and Futuna
Passenger Locator Form
Myanmar did not introduce the electronic Passenger Locator Form. Nevertheless, all passengers arriving in Myanmar will need to complete a paper Health Declaration Form. The form should be provided by the airline or the airport authorities upon arrival in the country.
All visitors traveling to Myanmar need to have Covid-19 medical insurance purchased from Myanma Insurance, even if they took out any other insurance on their own. This requirement, however, does not apply to UN officials, diplomats as well as their family members who can have health insurance purchased in the country of their origin.