7 Feb 2017
MYANMAR: Jail Threat to Resident Foreigners Absent from Registered Address for 24 Hours or More
Resident foreigners will need to seek prior approval from their local immigration office prior to taking any trip within the country that sees them absent from their registered address for 24 hours or more. The mooted legislation, which applies to expats holding a Foreigner Registration Certificate (FRC), also obliges any overseas visitor granted such an approval to register with the nearest immigration office throughout the course of their trip.
With any transgressions incurring custodial sentences of up to 12 months, a number of overseas Chambers of Commerce have called for the legislation to be withdrawn, citing it as likely to deter investors and impose unnecessary hardship on foreign workers.