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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the COVID-19 Situation in Myanmar

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the COVID-19 Situation in Myanmar

[This note was updated on 8 April 2020, 1500hrs, to include the requirement that all Singapore residents must serve their 14-day Stay Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated SHN facilities, as well as the updated flight schedules for Singapore Airlines and SilkAir.]

Situation in Myanmar

  • What is the current COVID-19 situation in Myanmar?

On 23 March 2020, Myanmar announced its first COVID-19 case. The Myanmar Government has set up the National Central Committee headed by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and the Emergency Task-force Committee headed by Vice-President 1 U Myint Swe to address the COVID-19 situation.

Singaporeans in Myanmar are advised to monitor their health closely, practice good personal hygiene, and heed the advice of the local authorities. The Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) provides regular updates on the cases in Myanmar on the Ministry’s website. As the situation is evolving rapidly, please refer to MOHS’ webpage for the latest updates on the situation in Myanmar.

We also encourage all Singaporeans in Myanmar to e-register with MFA, and closely follow the Singapore Embassy in Yangon’s Facebook Page to receive the latest consular‑related news and updates.

For urgent consular assistance, please contact the Singapore Embassy in Yangon at
+95 9 250 863 840 (24 hours), or the MFA Duty Office at +65 6379 8800 / +65 6379 8855 (24 hours).

Symptoms and Treatment

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 infection include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
What is the treatment for COVID-19?

Supportive treatment is provided based on the patient’s clinical condition. No proven specific treatment or anti-viral drug for COVID-19 is currently available.

  • If I develop flu-like symptoms in Myanmar and suspect I may have contracted COVID-19, what should I do?

If you are not feeling well and develop symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat, difficulties breathing), you should see a doctor locally to seek prompt medical attention. You should also comply with the advice by local health authorities.

When visiting your doctor, please take the necessary precautions to safeguard the health and well-being of others and yourself (e.g. wear a surgical mask, refrain from using public transportation if possible, and covering your mouth and nose with tissues when coughing/sneezing).

  • Is it possible to return to Singapore for testing/medical treatment instead?

If you are ill, you should seek medical treatment locally and not fly if unwell. If you are tested negative for COVID-19, you can return to Singapore to seek further treatment if you wish.

  • What will happen if I test positive for COVID-19 in Myanmar? Can I choose to return to Singapore for treatment?

If you test positive for COVID-19 in Myanmar, you will probably be isolated at one of the designated hospitals until you have tested negative for COVID-19, and/or have recovered. You will also have to abide by local health and quarantine orders, and may not be allowed to travel until you have recovered.

  • What should I do if I have been in close contact with someone who was tested positive for COVID‑19 in Myanmar?

If you have been in close contact with someone who was tested positive for COVID-19 in Myanmar, you are advised to observe a 14-day self-quarantine period, monitor your health closely, and seek medical treatment locally if you begin to develop any symptoms.

Travelling to Singapore

  • I am currently working/residing in Myanmar. Can I return to Singapore and what are the latest travel measures in place?

From 23 March 2020, 2359 hours, all short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore. This does not apply if you are a Singapore Citizen or a Permanent Resident.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Manpower will only allow the entry/ return of work pass holders, including their dependents, for those providing essential services, such as in healthcare and transport.

With effect from 27 March 2020, 0900 hours, all travellers arriving in Singapore must submit a health declaration before proceeding with immigration clearance. They will have to do so via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service.

With effect from 29 March 2020, 2359hrs, all long-term pass holders will require an entry approval before entering or returning to Singapore. This includes those who hold long-term visit passes, student passes, as well as those who have been granted in-principle approval for a long-term pass. The entry approval must be obtained before commencing travel to Singapore. More details can be found here. A summary of the how requests for entry approval can be obtained as follows:

  • Long-term visit pass – submit application on ICA nCoV Request.
  • Student pass – submit application to respective education institution, which will then forward application to MOE.
  • Work pass – Current process of obtaining approval from MOM through employers remain in force.

[UPDATED] With effect from 9 April 2020, 2359hrs, all returning Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders will be required to serve out their mandatory 14-day self-isolation at dedicated SHN facilities.

For more information, please refer here below.

  • I am a Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident. Can my dependents on Short Term Passes still enter Singapore?

No, all short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore from 23 March 2020, 2359 hours.

Visitors who need to visit Singapore due to extenuating reasons may submit an application on ICA nCoV Request, together with a copy of the passport bio data page.

  • Will I need to undergo a swab test at Changi Airport when I travel to Singapore?

From 13 March 2020, travellers entering Singapore and exhibiting fever and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness are required to undergo a COVID-19 swab test at the checkpoint, regardless of travel history. With immediate effect, all such travellers will also be issued a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN), which they will have to serve in full even if the result of the swab test is negative. Those who meet the clinical suspect case definition will be conveyed to the hospital for follow-up.

  • What must I do if I am arriving in Singapore by business aviation aircraft or medical evacuation aircraft?

All air crew and passengers on business aviation aircraft are required to make a health declaration under the Infectious Diseases Act before they are permitted to depart for Singapore. If any air crew member or passenger declares themselves to be unwell, the flight will be required to operate as a medical evacuation (medevac) flight, and the unwell crew member or passenger will be considered a patient.

All patients arriving on medevac flights are required to be tested negative for COVID-19 at the source country before they are permitted to fly to Singapore. They would also need to have a hospital in Singapore to receive them. A risk assessment of the patient must be provided to the receiving hospital, including for patients who appear to have non-infectious conditions.

Business aviation aircraft passengers and air crew members on non-medevac flights who exhibit fever and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness upon arrival and who are non-Singapore residents will not be allowed to enter Singapore. Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass holders arriving on these flights will be required to go through the current arrival screening process which may include a COVID-19 swab test before entering Singapore.

For more information, please refer to the following press release by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

  • My domestic helper is currently in Myanmar and plans to travel to Singapore. Will the new measures apply to her?

With effect from 16 March 2020, 2359 hours, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will require all employers and employment agencies (EAs) planning for foreign domestic workers (FDWs) to enter Singapore to obtain MOM’s approval before they commence their journey. This applies to all new FDWs as well as returning FDWs travelling to Singapore from any country. Employers and EAs can apply for the entry approval online.

For more information, please refer to the advisory by MOM.

  • Should I return to Singapore given the new restrictions?

As the COVID-19 situation around the world develops rapidly, Singapore’s and Myanmar’s measures will evolve according to the global situation. Singaporeans should exercise their own discretion and plan ahead based on their own needs and circumstances, bearing in mind the swiftly moving situation. In addition, you are advised to factor in the risks of disruption to travel routes and further advisories / restrictions at short notice, which may affect your travel plans to return home. Staying abroad has been, and still remains, a personal responsibility. Singaporeans who have yet to return home are advised to take necessary precautions, observe good personal hygiene, monitor local developments, and heed the advice of local authorities.

  • [UPDATED] Are flights available from Myanmar to Singapore?

Singapore Airlines / SilkAir have adjusted their flight schedules between Singapore and Yangon, in view of the COVID-19 situation. The last flight departed on 27 March 2020, 1035hrs. There will be no Singapore Airlines / SilkAir flights between Yangon and Singapore from 28 March to 30 April 2020. The flight schedules after 30 April 2020 will be assessed and announced at a later date. Further details from Singapore Airlines can be found here.

For those who intend to return to Singapore, the Embassy strongly advises you to check directly with other airlines / travel agents for alternate flight options.

With effect from 30 March 2020, 2359 hrs until 13 April 2020, 2359 hrs, international commercial passenger flights are not allowed to land in any airport in Myanmar. For more information, please see here.

  • I am a Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident returning to Singapore from Myanmar, do I have to serve out my SHN at dedicated hotels?

[UPDATED] With effect from 9 April 2020, 2359hrs, all Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders will be required to serve out their mandatory 14-day self-isolation at dedicated SHN facilities.

Travelling to Myanmar

  • Is it still safe for Singaporeans to travel to Myanmar?

Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel abroad. This is to reduce the risk of Singaporeans contracting COVID-19 infection while overseas during this global pandemic.

Any Singapore resident or Long Term Pass holder who leaves Singapore from 27 March 2020, in disregard of the prevailing travel advisories, will be charged at unsubsidized rates for their inpatient stay at public hospitals, if they are admitted for suspected COVID-19 and have onset of symptoms within 14 days of returning to Singapore. Singapore residents will also not be able to claim from MediShield Life or Integrated Shield Plans for these treatments at public and private hospitals.

Any work pass holder or his/her dependent who leaves Singapore from 27 March 2020 will be prioritized for entry approval (currently, all work pass holders and their dependents planning to enter/return to Singapore from any country are required to obtain MOM’s approval before they can commence their journey) and could see significant delays before they are allowed to return to Singapore if they persist in travelling abroad and return infected.

As Singapore’s measures will evolve according to the global situation, Singaporeans should check the MOH website for the latest measures.

  • What are the restrictions on foreign travellers arriving in Myanmar?

With effect from 29 March 2020 until 30 April 2020, the issuance of all types of visas to all foreign nationals has been suspended. In addition, visa exemption granted to all foreign nationals has also been suspended.

With effect from 30 March 2020, 2359 hrs until 13 April 2020, 2359 hrs, international commercial passenger flights are not allowed to land in any airport in Myanmar. For more information, please see here.

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