Russia Travel Advisory
August 15, 2022

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Intercountry Adoption

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Myanmar

Burma
Union of Burma
Do not travel to Burma due to areas of civil unrest and armed conflict. Reconsider travel to Burma due to COVID-19-related restrictions. Exercise increased caution in Burma due to wrongful detentions.

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to information on civil unrest, armed conflict, land mines and unexploded ordnance, and health resources.

Do not travel to Burma due to civil unrest and armed conflict.  Reconsider travel to Burma due to COVID-19-related restrictions and limited and/or inadequate healthcare resources.  Exercise increased caution due to wrongful detentions and areas with land mines and unexploded ordnance.

COUNTRY SUMMARY: The Burmese military detained and deposed elected government officials in the February 2021 coup d'état.  Protests and demonstrations against military rule occur.  The military often responds to these protests by arbitrarily arresting individuals and with the indiscriminate use of deadly force against protesters and bystanders.

The Department has determined that at least one U.S. national is wrongfully detained by the Burmese military regime.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services in Burma as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside of Rangoon.  Minor dependents cannot accompany U.S. government employees who work in Burma.

Civil unrest and armed conflict occur throughout BurmaThe level of civil unrest and armed conflict varies significantly between and within states and regions and may change at any time.

Civil unrest and armed violence due to fighting between the Burmese military and various ethnic groups and militia occur in parts of Chin, Kachin, Kayin, Rakhine, Shan state, Sagaing, and Magway.

In Northern Shan state and parts of Chin, Kachin, and Rakhine states there are land mines and unexploded ordnance; their locations are often not marked or identifiable, and foreign travelers have been injured in the past.

The military regime arbitrarily enforces local laws, including carrying out random and wrongful detentions without due process.  U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Burma may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime.  U.S. citizens may be subject to prolonged interrogations and extended detention without due process of law.  Local law enforcement officials may detain and/or deport U.S. citizens for speaking out or protesting against the military regime, including on their personal social media accounts, and for sending private electronic messages critical of the military regime.

Burma has limited and/or inadequate healthcare resources due to critical staffing shortages in the public sector health workforce.  Importation of medical supplies, including medicine, into Burma is not consistent and medical prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine may not be available.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Burma has a low level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Burma.

If you decide to travel to Burma:

  • Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before planning any international travel, and read the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for country-specific COVID-19 information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Country Security Report for Burma.
  • Do not touch unknown metal objects and avoid traveling off well-used roads, tracks, and paths due to risk of unexploded ordnance.
  • Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Make contingency plans to leave the country.
  • Review local laws and conditions before traveling.
  • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
  • Share important documents, login information, and points of contact with loved ones so that they can manage your affairs if you are unable to return as planned to the United States. Find a suggested list of such documents here.
  • Develop a communication plan with family and/or your employer or host organization.
  • Erase any sensitive photos, comments, or other materials that could be considered controversial or provocative by local groups from your social media pages, cameras, laptops, and other electronic devices prior to travel.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
No

Hague Convention Information

Intercountry adoptions are not currently possible between Burma and the United States. Burmese law does not allow non-Burmese nationals to adopt or have legal custody of Burmese children. The Kittima Adoption Act of 1941, which is still in force in Burma, restricts adoption to Burmese citizens who are Buddhist. The Government of Burma does not recognize dual citizenship.

Burma is not a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention or Convention). 

U.S. citizens with questions regarding adoption of children from Burma should contact the adoption authority of Burma to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Burma who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Burma’s adoption authority. See contact information below.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are eligible for adoption. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child will return home when possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to the adoption of their child(ren).

Please visit the Department of State’s country page for more information on travelling to Burma and the U.S. Embassy Rangoon’s website for information on consular services.

 

Contact Information

Burma’s Adoption Authority
Director General
Union Attorney General Office:
Building 25
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Tel: +95 67 404 097
Fax: +95 67 404 106

U.S. Embassy in Rangoon, Burma
110 University Ave.
Kamayut Township,
Rangoon, Burma
Tel:  +(95) (1) 536-509, ext. 4240
Email: acsrangoon@state.gov         
Internet: http://mm.usembassy.gov

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
SA-17
Washington, DC 20520
Tel:  1-888-407-4747
E-mail: Adoption@state.gov
Internet: http://adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

For questions about filing a Form I-600A application or a Form I-600 petition:

USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC)
Tel:  1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1- 913-275-5480 (local)
Fax:1- 913-214-5808
Email: NBC.Adoptions@uscis.dhs.gov

For general questions about immigration procedures:

USCIS Contact Center
1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov

 
Last Updated: June 23, 2020

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Rangoon
110 University Ave
Kamayut Township,
Rangoon, Burma
Telephone
(95) 1-753-6-509
Emergency
(95) 1-753-6-509
Fax
(951) 751-2124

Burma Map