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 10/2/21, 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.

From 29 May 2021, all travellers entering or transiting through Singapore from Myanmar must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel. 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 there):

  • nhlmyanmar.gov.mm - National Health Laboratory - No. 35, Hmaw Kun Daik Street, Dagon Township, Yangon
  • Airport Cargo Warehouse at YIA, N Health, Pun Hlaing Hospital, and Samitivej International Clinic continue to offer COVID-19 tests for international travel.

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 need 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 has different quarnatine 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. Flight cancellations and rescheduling remain frequent. Seats may become available at short notice through airlines directly.

Changes to Singapore entry requirements

From 15 July 2021, 2359 hours, until further notice, all travellers with recent travel history to Myanmar will not be allowed enter or transit through Singapore.  This change applies to travellers who have already obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore.  Flights from Yangon to Singapore may be disrupted. If you have booked a flight from Yangon to Singapore, please contact the airline or booking agent to confirm flight arrangements.

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

Another 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. Onward flights to Australia remain limited.

Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) run relief flights to regional hubs and Australia. Contact MNA directly for updates and tickets and follow MNA of Facebook, refer to contact details below. 

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.

You do not need a COVID-19 test when travelling from Myanmar to Australia but you may need to obtain a PCR test if you are transiting through other countries. Please ensure you check travel requirements with the airline prior to travel.

Airline Contact Information

Singapore Airlines

Address: 0202, Sakura Tower No 339,
Bogyoke Aung San Road
Kyauktada Township
Yangon 11182, Myanmar, 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

Asiana Airlines Website: flyasiana.com

Korean Air Website: koreanair.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 friends and family.

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 continue.

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.

Staying safe when there are demonstrations or civil unrest

Protest activity has been widespread 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 a 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 also 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.