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India issues travel advisory for Myanmar, advises to fill out emergency form

The Ministry of External Affairs, in its latest advisory, asked to refrain from using inter-state travel by road. Also, it asked Indian nationals living in Myanmar to register with the Embassy of India, Yangon by filling up the emergency form.

Ajeet Kumar Written By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 New Delhi Updated on: November 21, 2023 20:33 IST
Myanmar border region.
Image Source : AP Myanmar border region.

Amid a surge in violence in Myanmar, India, on Tuesday, released an advisory where it advised its nationals to refrain from visiting the country. Also, it advised Indians living in the war zone to fill out a form, detailing their names and other necessary details. "In view of the evolving security situation in Myanmar, all Indian nationals are advised to avoid non-essential travel. Those already living in Myanmar are advised to take precautions and avoid travel to the regions affected by violence," it said.

The Ministry of External Affairs, in its latest advisory, asked to refrain from using inter-state travel by road. Also, it asked Indian nationals living in Myanmar to register with the Embassy of India, Yangon by filling up the emergency form. In earlier stances like the Russia-Ukraine war, Israel-Hamas war, India-Canada tensions, and Sudan conflict, New Delhi had issued similar notifications and asked its nationals to fill out the emergency form so that the concerned embassies could reach out in case of evacuation.

Procedure for registration is given below:

Download and fill in the Registration Form available on this website legibly. Send the soft copy to the following email id : cons[dot]yangon[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in and hard copy to the Consular Wing, Embassy of India or deposit the same between 0930 and 1100 hrs on any working day along with following documents:-

(a) Two colour passport-size photographs of each member of the family;

(b) One copy of each of the Passport's first page, last page and current visa page;

(c) Passport of each individual. (for verification)

2. No fee will be charged for registration. A certificate of registration will be issued to the applicant within one month. Submission of papers may either be done in person or through authorized representatives who will be required to produce an authority letter and proof of identity. 

Recommendation letter for Indian Nationals Registered with Embassy of India, Yangon

Procedure for issue of Recommendation Letter is given below:

Download and fill in the Recommandation Form available on this website legibly. Send the soft copy to the following email id : cons[dot]yangon[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in and hard copy to the Consular Wing, Embassy of India or deposit the same between 0930 and 1100 hrs on any working day along with following documents:-

 Requirement of documents

(a) One copy each of the Passport's first page , last page and current visa page;

(b) Passport of each individual.(for verification)

(c) Registration copy

No fee will be charged for a Recommendation Letter for Indian Nationals Registered with the Embassy. A certificate of Recommendation letter will be issued to the applicant within one week. Submission of papers may either be done in person or through authorized representatives who will be required to produce an authority letter and proof of identity. 

Why India issues travel advisory for Myanmar

The Arakan Army, one of the many ethnic insurgent groups active in Myanmar, along with the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army, launched a coordinated offensive on October 27 in northern Shan state in northeastern Myanmar along the border with China. The groups called themselves the “Three Brotherhood Alliance.” The alliance has claimed widespread victories and Myanmar’s military government has acknowledged losing control of three towns, including a major border crossing for trade with China.

The offensive in the northern part of Shan state was already seen as a significant challenge for the army, which has struggled to contain a nationwide uprising by the members of Peoples’ Defense Force. The pro-democracy resistance organization was formed after the army seized power from Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government in February 2021. It also set up loose alliances with several of the ethnic armed groups.

Also Read:Myanmar junta airstrikes on armed groups that captured northeastern region led massive influx in India

 

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