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Australian Embassy in Myanmar 

Welcome to the home page of the Australian Embassy in Myanmar. The following pages include information about services for Australian travellers overseas, advice about immigration and visas, information about Australia's foreign policy and development assistance programs, and general information about Australia.

This website also contains links to other websites which outline the roles and responsibilities of the different agencies and departments of the Australian government.

We would welcome any comments or suggestions you might wish to make about this website and the information it contains. 

The Australian Embassy is located in Vantage Tower.  

Vantage Tower, 623 Pyay Road, Yangon, Myanmar +95 1 230 7410

www.myanmar.embassy.gov.au    AusEmbMyr

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last Updated: 4 December 2020

 

Register with the Embassy

We encourage you to register with the Australian Embassy. This does not guarantee we can facilitate your return to Australia. It helps us understand how many Australians are trying to return home and share important information with you.

You can register using the following link: https://covid19.dfat.gov.au.

Australian Passports 

The Embassy continues to issue Australian passports. Passports information is available at passports.gov.au

Please send an email to [email protected] to make an appointment. We are now operating by appointment only.

Returning to Australia

From 31 March no international commercial flights will land in Myanmar. There are flights departing Yangon to Seoul approximately four times a week.

The most reliable path from Yangon to Australia has been through Seoul and Doha using Myanmar Airway International/Korean Air to Seoul and Qatar Airways from Seoul to Australia. 

We encourage you to plan travel to Australia as early as possible. Be prepared for possible delays, you may need to book at least two to three months in advance.

The next commercially available flights to Australia that we can find, which can be booked today, are as follows:

Yangon – Sydney

2 February - Yangon-Incheon – Korean Air

3 February - Incheon-Doha - Qatar Airways

3 February - Doha-Sydney - Qatar Airways

Fees - USD 4560

Yangon – Perth

2 February - Yangon-Incheon – Korean Air

3 February - Incheon-Doha - Qatar Airways

3 February - Doha-Perth - Qatar Airways

Fees - USD 4575

Seats on other pathways may become available at short notice. For example, Asiana Airlines direct to Australia from Seoul is expected to be published soon.

If you are stranded and in genuine financial distress you can apply for COVID-19 loan from DFAT which means you only need to pay AUD 750 a ticket to Australia. See details at https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19/COVID-19-overseas-financial-assistance.

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

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

MAI Website: maiair.com MAI Facebook: facebook.com/8Mofficial.

MNA Website: www.flymna.com  MNA Facebook: facebook.com/MyanmarNationalAirlines

Asiana Airlines Website: flyasiana.com

Korean Air Website: koreanair.com

Qatar Airways Website: qatarairways.com 

Book with airlines directly or use a travel agent. Give the travel agent a copy of your passport photo page so an agent can quickly book a seat for you.

Check transit rules such as Singapore Airport and pre-travel requirements (e.g. COVID test) 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 - face masks, face shield and hand sanitizer for your travel.

Visas and entry into Australia 

Australian citizens and permanent residents can enter Australia.

All others need a valid visa and have specific travel permission from Home Affairs. Details are available at:

Quarantine arrangements are in place across Australia. For state and territory details read:

Travel Agents

Sunfar Travel

Myanmar 1st Hand

Columbus Travel

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

Living Overseas

Make plans (medical and supplies) to stay at home for an extended period. Follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Stay in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe.

See Smartraveller.gov.au for details.

Australians who can’t get home please read:

Australians wishing to remain overseas please read:

Money / Financial Assistance

Restrictions may increase at short notice. Please ensure you can access enough cash to cover current and future costs. You should have both Myanmar currency (Kyat or MMK) and USD.

You can apply for COVID-19 financial assistance from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, see details at the following website:

www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19/covid-19-overseas-financial-assistance.

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

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 get 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 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 can 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.

Medical

Medical facilities in Myanmar are extremely limited, particularly outside Yangon. 

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 also insurance accepted by some private clinics operating in Myanmar:

Restrictions on Movement

Myanmar may introduce restrictions on movement to reduce the spread of COVID.

Typical restrictions include quarantining and stay-at-home orders and curfews. If you travel, you may be detained or access to buildings (including to your accommodation).

We ask that you follow the advice of local authorities and monitor media to keep up to date on restrictions.

Contacting the Embassy

The Embassy will continue to assist Australians in Myanmar. We are operating by appointment, unless it is an emergency.

We want to keep in contact with each and every one of you. Email us and we can set up an appointment to discuss any problems you may be facing.

You can still email or call us.  The Embassy’s email is [email protected] and our reception number is +95 12307410.

If you need to contact us urgently use Australia’s Global Emergency Consular Hotline number is +61(2) 6261 3305. International calling rates may apply. Check with your phone carrier for international voice call charges before making international calls

Follow the Australian Embassy in Myanmar on Facebook: facebook.com/AusEmbMyr.

Subscribe to the Smartraveller Myanmar Travel Advice: smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/myanmar

Feeling stressed or anxious?

We know this is a difficult time and the Australian Embassy will be here to help.

Australia’s Head to Health provides resources and support contacts to help deal with the stress and anxiety of the situation. Please visit:

Beyond Blue also had a range of information to keep you up to date and connected to others:

 More information on COVID

Following are more web links with official Myanmar and Australian information.

Australian Embassy Myanmar:

Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS):

mohs.gov.mm/Main/content/publication/2019-ncov

World Health Organization Myanmar:

Australian Department of Health on COVID-19:

 

Australia Awards scholarships 2021 intake

Applications for the Australia Awards scholarships 2021 intake closed on 30 June 2020 (11:59pm Canberra time/ 8:29pm Yangon time).

Interviews for the 2021 intake will be held in October 2020. The applicants will receive notification of the outcome of their application.

Australia Awards Myanmar scholarships are for Masters-level study in Australia. Australia Awards scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders for development. Through study and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia.

Applicants are assessed on their professional and personal qualities, academic readiness and, most importantly, their potential to assume leadership roles upon their return to Myanmar and make significant impact on development challenges.

 

For more information:

Country Profile 2021: click here

Sample application form (pdf): click here

Sample application form (doc): click here

Referee report template: click here

Scholarships Policy Handbook: https://www.dfat.gov.au/sites/default/files/aus-awards-scholarships-policy-handbook.pdf

 

Media Release on Myanmar and the Rohingya crisis - 23 October 2018

The recent UN Fact-Finding Mission found that war crimes, crimes against humanity, and likely genocide had occurred in Rakhine State.

In response, the Government of Australia has decided to impose targeted financial sanctions and travel bans against five Myanmar military officers responsible for human rights violations committed by units under their command.

Australia will continue to support the humanitarian needs of those affected, and to work with Myanmar and our partners in the region to encourage efforts towards a long term and durable solution to the crisis.

 Media enquiries should be directed to [email protected].

Media release: Myanmar and the Rohingya crisis, 23 October 2018

 

STATEMENT ON THE DIPLOMATIC VISITS TO RAKHINE STATE IN FEBRUARY 2018

 

BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP PLATFORM JOINT PRESS RELEASE - 27 November 2017

 

STATEMENT ON THE DIPLOMATIC TRIP TO NOTHERN RAKHINE  - 2 October 2017

 

Humanitarian assistance for Myanmar and Bangladesh - 9 September 2017

Australia is deeply concerned by the escalating violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar and the resulting humanitarian crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

We call for restraint by the Myanmar authorities, for the protection of civilians, and for unfettered access to be granted to humanitarian workers.

We recognise the heavy burden placed on Bangladesh as a result of the conflict. The United Nations estimates that over 270,000 people have now crossed the border in order to escape violence in Rakhine State. 

Australia will provide up to $5 million to help respond to the crisis. Our assistance will contribute to life-saving food being provided to up to 300,000 people.

Australian support in Bangladesh will be provided through the World Food Programme and the International Organisation for Migration. In Myanmar, Australia will work with the Red Cross movement to reach those affected by the conflict.

This funding will bring Australia’s assistance for Rohingya and affected communities in Myanmar and Bangladesh to over $50 million since 2012.

 

Australian Government statement on the situation in Rakhine State - 5 September 2017

Australia is deeply concerned by the escalation in violence in Rakhine State, including disturbing reports that civilians have been targeted and villages burned down.

We acknowledge Myanmar is dealing with a serious security challenge in Rakhine State following attacks on government forces on 25 August, which have been claimed by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army. We condemn all such violent attacks.

We urge all sides to exercise restraint and respect human rights. We reiterate our call for proportionality, the protection of civilians and an end to the use of violence.

We welcome the Government of Myanmar’s commitment to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches all communities in need and without putting people at further risk. Aid needs to flow quickly to vulnerable communities.

The events in Rakhine State underscore the urgency of implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State as fully and quickly as possible. Australia stands ready to support Myanmar’s efforts in this regard.

 

Australian Embassy statement on situation in Rakhine State - 29 August 2017

Australia strongly condemns the attacks against government security forces in northern Rakhine State. We offer our condolences to the victims and their families. Appropriate measures to bring the perpetrators to account should be taken. Violence will only worsen the many development, human rights and security challenges facing Rakhine State.

We urge respect for law and order and an end to the use of violence. It is important that civilian populations of all communities are protected and that all responses are proportional.

Violence is not the solution to Rakhine State’s challenges. Recent developments underline the need for long-term solutions. We have commended the Government of Myanmar for establishing the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State and we welcome its commitment to implement the Commission’s recommendations to the fullest extent and within the shortest timeframe possible. We support these efforts to restore stability, peace and hope to all people in Rakhine State.

 

MEDIA RELEASE - Friday 2 September 2016:

More Australian students to study in Myanmar

85 Australian undergraduate students will study and undertake work placements in Myanmar in 2017 through the Australian Government’s flagship New Colombo Plan education program.

“Students from five Australian universities will study a broad range of subjects including community legal education, architecture and political economy” said Ambassador Nicholas Coppel, Australian Embassy Yangon.

“New Colombo Plan mobility students will return to Australia with new insights and understanding about Myanmar and new friendships that will last a lifetime,” Ambassador Coppel said.

New Colombo Plan 2017 mobility projects in Myanmar will see Australian students visiting Yangon Technological University and University of Yangon. Students will study in the fields of architectural design, legal English, and Myanmar’s Political Economy.

“These are exciting projects that demonstrate the many opportunities for Australian students to deepen their academic and life experiences through study and work placements in Myanmar”, Ambassador Coppel said.

The New Colombo Plan is an initiative of the Australian Government to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the region.

For more information on the New Colombo Plan, visit www.dfat.gov.au/new-colombo-plan or follow @NewColomboPlan

 

Official Facebook page of the Australian Embassy in Myanmar

The Australian Embassy in Myanmar now has an official Facebook page. Like, Share and Comment with us at https://www.facebook.com/AusEmbMyr.

 
Humanitarian assistance to Myanmar

The Australian Government will deploy a package of humanitarian relief supplies to those displaced by flooding and landslides in Myanmar following Cyclone Komen.

In partnership with the Myanmar Government, Australian non-government organisations and the United Nations, Australia will provide family kits comprising kitchen sets, bedding, clothing, mosquito nets, hygiene kits and school supplies.

This assistance builds on the $2 million package announced on 5 August and brings Australia’s total contribution to $3 million in response to a request from the Government of Myanmar.

Australia will work with Save the Children, CARE Australia and UN partners to provide 300,000 people with temporary shelter, safe drinking water and health care. We are also supporting emergency reproductive health services for those impacted by the natural disaster.

The Australian Government will continue to work closely with the Myanmar Government and partners to ensure that our humanitarian assistance is meeting the needs of the most affected communities.

Media release: Additional humanitarian assistance to Myanmar, 7 August 2015

Media release: Humanitarian assistance to Myanmar, 5 August 2015 

 
Implementation of Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC)

From 18 May 2015 applications for visas to Australia will need to be lodged at the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC), Yangon. See Implementation of AVAC.