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Myanmar: Security situation

New Zealand is monitoring recent developments in Myanmar closely.

The Myanmar Military have declared a one-year state of emergency and martial law is in place in areas of Yangon and Mandalay. Phone and internet connections across Myanmar have experienced disruptions. There are also disruptions to basic services, including ATMs and public health, and more may follow.

Unless they have a need to remain in Myanmar, we advise New Zealanders to depart via commercial means if it is safe to do so. Only a limited number of flights are still available. People wishing to depart should contact airlines and travel agents directly to arrange travel. 

A night time curfew has been imposed across the country. Expect an increased security presence country-wide and possibly roadblocks in major cities. 

New Zealanders who are not able to leave Myanmar at this time are advised to remain cautious, stay at home and minimise unnecessary movement. New Zealanders should avoid any demonstrations or public gatherings, as injuries, fatalities and searches of residential buildings have occurred. Government, civilian leaders, protestors, journalists and foreign nationals have been detained and there is a risk of further detentions. 

New Zealanders should ensure they have sufficient essential supplies including food, water and cash to sustain themselves for a prolonged period and shelter in place. We provide further advice about contingency planning to New Zealanders overseas here.

New Zealanders who require urgent consular assistance can contact the 24/7 Consular emergency line on +64 99 20 20 20.


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