Travel Advisory for Myanmar
02 June 2022
In view of the continuing uncertain security situation in Myanmar, Singaporeans are strongly advised to defer all travel to Myanmar at this time. Singaporeans currently in Myanmar should also consider leaving as soon as they can by commercial means. Singaporeans who choose to remain in Myanmar are strongly advised to avoid unnecessary travel within the country. Singaporeans are reminded to remain vigilant and monitor local news closely. They should take necessary precautions for their personal safety, and eRegister immediately at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg. This will enable the Ministry and our Embassy in Yangon to continue to be in touch with them and render the necessary consular assistance in case of emergencies. Those who are in need of consular assistance while in Myanmar should contact the Singapore Embassy in Yangon or the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at:
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Yangon
238 Dhamazedi Road, Bahan Township, Yangon, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Emergency Tel (after hours): +95-9-250-863-840
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tel: 6379 8800, 6379 8855
Fax: 6476 7302
Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory
Travellers should refer to the ICA website (www.ica.gov.sg) for the latest information on travelling to/from or transiting through Singapore. For the latest updates on Singapore’s COVID-19 situation, please refer to the MOH website at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-
Since 1 February 2021, there has been a State of Emergency in place. The situation in Myanmar remains fluid and uncertain. Singaporeans in Myanmar are therefore advised to:
Singaporeans are strongly encouraged to e-register with MFA at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg, and closely follow the Singapore Embassy in Yangon’s Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/SingaporeEmbassyYangon) to receive the latest consular‑related news and updates. New instructions could be announced at short notice.
For urgent consular assistance, please contact the following:
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Myanmar
Address: 238 Dhammazedi Road, Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +95 9 250 863 840 (24 hours)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hour)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Tel: +65 6379 8800; +65 6379 8855
Embassy of Myanmar in Singapore
Address: 15 St Martin’s Dr
Tel: +65 6735 0209
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
International commercial flights to and from Myanmar have resumed since 17 April 2022. From 1 Sep 2022, all Singapore ordinary passport holders will not require a tourist visa to enter Myanmar for a period of up to 30 days. Singapore passport holders can enter and depart from all international checkpoints (i.e. Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyidaw). However, travellers to Myanmar should note MFA’s existing travel advisory recommending against all travel to Myanmar at this time.
Given the current uncertain situation in Myanmar, Singaporeans are strongly advised to be vigilant and to take precautions for their personal safety, including avoiding crowds and monitoring the local news. They should purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage. Travellers should stay in touch with their family and friends so that they know you are safe. Singaporeans are strongly advised to e-Register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/
The Singapore Embassy issues Travel, Security and Health Advisories on our website. Please visit the Embassy’s website at www.mfa.gov.sg/yangon for the latest advisories on Myanmar.
Visitors are encouraged to visit the website of the Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism at www.tourism.gov.mm for more information, especially on restricted areas.
MONEYCHANGERS INVESTIGATED FOR POSSESSION OF COUNTERFEIT MYANMAR CURRENCY NOTES
The Police are investigating a number of moneychangers for their suspected involvement in the possession of counterfeit Myanmar currency notes in the denomination of 10000 kyats.
2 On 29 November 2018, the Police received a report that two Singaporeans had been arrested for allegedly using counterfeit kyat notes in Yangon. The Singapore Embassy in Yangon is in direct contact with the arrested Singaporeans and is rendering consular assistance.
3 Preliminary investigation revealed that the two Singaporeans obtained the counterfeit kyat notes from a moneychanger in Singapore. A raid was conducted at the said moneychanger and counterfeit 10000 kyat notes with same serial numbers starting with “AG” and “AE” were found. Subsequent raids were conducted at 17 other moneychangers in Singapore between 3 and 4 December 2018 and similar counterfeit kyat notes were found.
4 Investigations are ongoing. Anyone in Singapore who is convicted of using counterfeit currency notes can be punished with a term of imprisonment term of up to 20 years, and shall also be liable to a fine. Anyone who is convicted of possessing counterfeit currency notes can be punished with a term of imprisonment of up to 15 years.
5 Anyone in Myanmar knowingly using counterfeit money can be convicted under Section 101 of the Myanmar Central Bank Law, and Section 105 states that those found guilty can be fined or imprisoned for up to 3 years or both. They also commit a crime under section 106 of the Myanmar Central Bank Law if they bring counterfeit currency into the country.
6 Members of the public are reminded to be vigilant, and to examine any kyat notes to see if they have serial numbers starting with prefixes “AG” and “AE”. They should also do the following:
· Report to the nearest Neighbourhood Police Centre;
· If the individual offering the note/s is present, please delay him/her, if possible. Call the Police at '999' immediately;
· Observe the individual's identifying features, such as gender, race, age, height, build, clothing, distinguishing marks such as tattoo, language/dialect spoken as well as those of his or her
· Note the vehicle registration number of the individual (if any); and
· Limit the handling of the suspected note and place it in a protective covering, such as an envelope, to prevent further tampering. Hand it over to the Police immediately.
7 Singaporeans in Myanmar who suspect that the Myanmar kyats in their possession are counterfeit should make a police report at the nearest police station. Singaporeans are also advised to purchase kyat only in Myanmar, at licensed money changers. They should always request a receipt when changing money and should retain it for future reference.
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Tourists visiting Myanmar are only allowed to stay in hotels and not in residential properties (i.e. not allowed to stay with friends/business partners etc.), temples or monasteries. A social visit visa is required if you wish to stay at any other property apart from a hotel. The Social Visit Visa can be applied for at the Myanmar Embassy in Singapore.
It is important to respect religion in Myanmar; failing to do so could lead to an arrest. The following rules should be observed;
Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 14 October 2021]
Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.
Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.
When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.
For those planning to travel, here are some tips:
Advisory: Email Scams
There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.
MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously. Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance. If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc. Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails. Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately. Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.