Australian Embassy
Myanmar

Information for Australians

Consular Information for Australians

 

Travel Advice

The latest travel advice is available via the link below:

www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/myanmar

Pre-travel COVID Testing

From 10 February 2021, you do not need a COVID-19 test when travelling from Myanmar to Australia. Please see Australian entry details at:

You may need to obtain a COVID-19 test if you are transiting through other countries. Please ensure you check travel requirements with the airline prior to travel.

All travellers entering or transiting through Singapore from Myanmar must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours of travel. Travellers transiting through Malaysia must be able to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

Please check travel requirements with the airline prior to travel or you may not be allowed to board the aircraft. You can check transit requirements such as transit airports and pre-travel requirements (e.g. COVID-19 testing, transit procedures etc) at:  

COVID testing may be available at (subject to staffing):

  • International SOS Clinic – Inya Lake Hotel, 37 Kaba Aye Pagoda, Yangon
  • National Health Laboratory - No. 35, Hmaw Kun Daik Street, Dagon Township, Yangon Samitivej
  • Pun Hlaing Hospital, Pun Hlaing Estate Avenue, Hlaing Tharyar Township and No. 14/A Taw Win Street, Dagon Township
  • Samitivej International Clinic - 9E/2.Kabar Aye Pagoda Road,Ward No.(7), Mayangone Township
  • Yangon Airport Molecular Lab - Aircargo Terminal, Near the Htan Pin Kone Bustation, Pyay Road, Mingalardon Township

Visas and entry into Australia 

All travellers to Australia should complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before departing. Complete the online form at:

Australian citizens and permanent residents can enter Australia. All others require a valid visa and have specific travel permission from Home Affairs. Details are available at:

Quarantine arrangements are in place across Australia. Each state and territory have different quarantine requirements. You must stay up to date with local information about isolation and quarantine. Please visit your state or territory website for specific information on isolation and quarantine for your area:

Travel to Australia

Yangon International Airport (YIA) remains open. Seats may become available at short notice directly through airlines.

From November 2021, Singapore Airlines has resumed twice weekly flights from Yangon to Singapore, departing on Wednesday and Friday.  There are regular onward flights to Australia from Singapore, however, you will need to contact Singapore Airlines or your booking agent for flight availability and transit arrangements.  Travellers transiting through Singapore are required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 PCR test within 48 hours of the scheduled departure date of their flight. Check with your airline prior to departure, as these requirements can change at short notice.

There are also regular flights to Kuala Lumpur with Myanmar Airways International (MAI). Onward flights to Australia remain available.

An alternative option for travel from Yangon to Australia is through Seoul and Doha using Myanmar Airway International/Korean Air to Seoul and Qatar Airways from Seoul to Australia.

Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) run relief flights to regional hubs. Contact MNA directly for updates and tickets and follow MNA on Facebook. 

If you are stranded and in genuine financial distress you can apply for a flight loan from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The loan provides a one-way ticket to Australia at the fixed amount of AUD 750. You can also apply for COVID-19 financial assistance from DFAT to cover living costs while you wait for your return flight to Australia. Further details are available via the link below:

You should also follow travel providers on Facebook and visit their website for the latest updates.

Book with airlines directly or when booking through travel agents provide a copy of your passport bio page so they can quickly book a seat for you.

Check transit requirements such as transit airports and pre-travel requirements (e.g. COVID-19 testing, transit procedures etc) before booking tickets. You can check transit rules at: iata.org/en/programs/safety/health/diseases/government-measures-related-to-coronavirus.

Please travel with personal protective equipment, e.g. face masks, face shield and hand sanitizer.  Some airlines may require some or all of these as part of their mandatory boarding requirements.

Foreign Vaccination Certificates

From November 2021, some passengers travelling to and from Australia will be subject to different rules if they can prove they are fully vaccinated. Travellers are able to prove their vaccination status using a foreign vaccination certificate.

Because of the protection offered by high vaccination rates in Australia, and the penalties for making false attestations, Australia is taking an inclusive approach to accepting foreign vaccination certificates.

Any foreign certificate – paper or digital – is acceptable provided:

  • it was issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider (for example a pharmacy, or a doctor or nurse signing an entry in a WHO yellow book)
  • it’s in English or accompanied by a certified translation
  • it shows:

o the traveller’s name as it appears in the passport

o either traveller’s date of birth or passport number

o the vaccine brand name, and

o either the date of each dose or the date on which the traveller completed a full course of immunisation.

The presumption is always that a certificate is acceptable unless there’s a clear reason for doubt, such as:

  • it comes from an obviously inappropriate issuer (for example an MP or minister of religion)
  • it is in an unfamiliar digital format that does not say who issued it
  • it is in a foreign language, with no translation
  • the passport number and passport biographic details do not match the certificate.

Airline Contact Information

Singapore Airlines

Address: #09-01, Junction City Tower
No. 3/A, Corner of Bogyoke Aung San Road and 27th St
Pabedan Township, Yangon
Myanmar

Website: www.singaporeair.com

Email: [email protected]

Contact Number:
·         +959 446 447 004
·         +959 446 447 005

Please be aware phone lines may be busy for long periods. If you are unable to speak to someone over the phone, please email [email protected]

Singapore does not permit transit for all passengers, but does allow transit for travellers on Singapore Airlines, Silk Air and Scoot flights. Please refer to details below:

Myanmar Airways International (MAI)

Website: maiair.com

MAI Facebook: facebook.com/8Mofficial

Myanmar National Airways

Website: www.flymna.com

MNA Facebook: facebook.com/MyanmarNationalAirlines

Other Airlines

All Nippon Airways: ana.co.jp

Asiana Airlines Website: flyasiana.com

Korean Air Website: koreanair.com

Malaysia Airlines: malaysiaairlines.com

Qatar Airways Website: qatarairways.com 

Travel Agents

Sunfar Travel

Myanmar 1st Hand

Columbus Travel

If you need assistance finding affordable accommodation email us at [email protected]. We have a list of affordable accommodation options. 

Travelling with Pets

Pets such as dogs, cats and household birds may be approved to travel on certain flights if they have valid health and vaccination certificates, entry permits, and/or any other documents required by countries of entry or transit.

The following airlines may allow pets to travel, pending they meet certain criteria:

Singapore Airlines: Travelling with pets (singaporeair.com)

MAI: Contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Korean Air: Flying With Pets | Korean Air

In all instances of pet travel please confirm details directly with airlines as pet travel policies may be subject to change at short notice.

If you are looking to travel to Australia with a pet, please check Australian animal quarantine requirements prior to travel: Bringing cats and dogs to Australia - Department of Agriculture 

For Australians remaining in Myanmar

For Australians remaining in Myanmar, be ready to shelter-in-place; have essential supplies and funds. Maintain heightened security awareness, register with DFAT, monitor the media, and keep in close contact with family and friends.

Shelter-in-place preparation can include:

  • Have a plan/schedule to maintain communication with family/friends.
  • Ensure you have enough food, water, cash, and other essentials to last you for two weeks.
  • Prepare essential items for travel.
  • Make sure your passport is still valid. Many countries require at least 6 months validity for entry or transit.
  • Have emergency contacts information with you.
  • Please plan to have a sufficient stock of food for up to two weeks in the event shop closures occur unexpectedly.

Extending your Myanmar Visa

The Myanmar Immigration Office can assist with extending your visa. You may need a letter from your employer or sponsoring organisation. The Office’s details are:

  • Address: No.188, Pansodan Street, (Middle Block), Kyauktada Township, Yangon.
  • Telephone: +95 (0) 1 372903 / +95 (0) 1 378948.

You may be required to obtain a letter from the Embassy to extend a tourist visa. Make an appointment by emailing [email protected]

The Embassy has a small list of visa agents that may be able to assist. We make no claim about the quality of these agents. Please email us for information.

Quarantine in Myanmar

If you are suspected of having COVID-19 you will be quarantined in a local facility possibly for an extended period.

These facilities may be below the standard of facilities in Australia. You may be able to request approval to quarantine at a hotel (at your cost) based on your health condition.

If you are quarantined email the embassy at [email protected] or call the Embassy on +95 12307410.

Staying safe when there are demonstrations or civil unrest

Protest activity continues to be widespread in many forms with security services responding, there have been fatalities and injuries. 

Authorities may consider you a protester just for being nearby, watching or taking photos. Even if you didn’t participate. Don't get involved in protests. Even if you support or agree with the demonstrators. You could be injured, arrested or jailed. Even peaceful protests can quickly turn violent. Riot police may cordon off roads.

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide whether to remain in your current location. The Australian Government can't make decisions for you when there's unrest.

See further details at: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/before-you-go/safety/demonstrations

Travel and curfew

Movement restrictions, including stay-at-home orders, curfews and quarantines, may be imposed at short notice. Monitor the media closely.

Be aware that during major unrest, it may be difficult to get flights out.

  • Airlines often cancel flights in and out of destinations affected by civil unrest. Especially if there's increased activity at or near the airport.
  • Even if airlines haven't cancelled flights, tickets may be in short supply and in high demand.  If you can get a ticket, it may be much more expensive than usual.

Communications

Power cuts and communications interruptions are being reported throughout the country, and more may follow. Stay in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe.

Money/Financial Assistance

Money may be difficult to access. Ensure you have enough cash on hand should shortages and disruptions in banking persist. Please ensure you can access enough cash to cover current and future costs. You should have both Myanmar currency (Kyat or MMK) and USD.

If you are stranded and in genuine financial distress you can apply for a COVID-19 flight loan from DFAT which means you only need to pay AUD 750 per ticket to Australia. You can also apply for COVID-19 financial assistance from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs to cover living costs while you wait for your return flight. See details at https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19/COVID-19-overseas-financial-assistance.

If you are eligible for assistance through Services Australia please visit their website:

Medical

Medical facilities in Myanmar are extremely limited, particularly outside Yangon. Major private hospitals in Yangon and Mandalay remain open. Ensure you have stocks of any medical supplies and medications you may need.

We strongly recommend you take out medical coverage to ensure access to medical services while you are in Myanmar.

Below are links that give guidance on options, brokers and insurance accepted by some private clinics operating in Myanmar:

Australians planning to travel to Myanmar

All enquiries by Australians planning to travel to Myanmar should be directed to the local Myanmar Embassy to seek advice on travel arrangements and to submit a visa application.