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CORONAVIRUS INSTRUCTIONS:

25 May 2020: Ministry of Electricity and Energy – First 150 units free (extension until 31 May 2020)

15 May 2020: Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population – Inspection of remaining factories, workshops and and workplaces to be continued

15 May 2020: Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Extending visa suspensions until 31 May 2020

14 May 2020: Ministry of Transport and Communications – Extending the ban on the landing of commercial passenger flights until 31 May 2020

14 May 2020: Nay Pyi Taw Council – Ban of public events extended to 31 May 2020

14 May 2020: Ministry of Health and Sports – Removal of five townships from semi-lock down

13 May 2020: Central Committee for the Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19 – All restrictions imposed by Union-level organisations are extended to 31st May 2020

Around 9 May 2020: Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry – Monsoon loans for farmers at reduced interest rate; repayment deadline extension for 2019 loans

7 May 2020: Financial Regulatory Department – COVID-19 compliance by microfinance companies and insurance companies

6 May 2020: Social Security Board – Online application for 40% wage substitute

6 May 2020: Ministry of Electricity and Energy – First 75 units free

5 May 2020: Social Security Board – Who is eligible and how to apply for 40% salary benefits

4 May 2020: Ministry of Health and Sports – Items to be prepared at shopping malls, supermarkets, take-away shops and home delivery services (Version 1.0)

3 May 2020: Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population – Companies “without goods production” allowed to re-open

29 April 2020: Nay Pyi Taw Council – Entry restrictions to Nay Pyi Taw

28 April 2020: Ministry of Health and Sports – Protocol to be followed by health facilities if a patient presents himself (flow chart)

28 April 2020: Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population – Social Security Board pays 40% of the wages of workers affected by business closure during the inspection period

28 April 2020: Central Bank – Reduction of interest rates to: min. 5.0% (MMK deposits); max. 10.0% (secured MMK loans); max. 14.5% (unsecured MMK loans)

27 April 2020: Union Government – COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan (action matrix)

25 April 2020: Ministry of Commerce – Manufacturers (after health check), wholesalers, distributors and importers to operate normally

22 April 2020: Insurance Business Regulatory Board – Activities to be reported by insurance companies during COVID-19

21 April 2020: Ministry of Health and Sports – Instructions to shops, markets, sellers, customers and market supervisory committees

19 April 2020: Ministry of Health and Sports – Items to be arranged at factories, shops and establishments

19 April 2020: Ministry of Health and Sports – Instructions to employers employees and supervisors to prevent COVID-19 at factories, workplaces and construction sites (version 3) (UNOFFICIAL translation, apparently prepared by the Ministry)

19 April 2020: Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population – Closure of factories, workplaces and establishments until 30th April 2020 for inspection

18 April 2020: Ministry of Health and Sports – Semi-lock down of 7 townships in Yangon Region

16 April 2020: Ministry of Health and Sports – Prohibiting gatherings of five and more

11 April 2020: Ministry of Health and Sports – Extending the quarantine period to 21/7 days

9 April 2020: Central Bank of Myanmar – Temporary change of the liquidity ratio calculation formula

9 April 2020: Central Bank of Myanmar – Temporary change of the minimum reserve requirement

9 April 2020: Myanmar Investment Commission – Reduction of the MIC fees by 50% (link to DICA’s homepage; text in the Myanmar language)

6 April 2020: Microfinance Business Supervisory Committee – Items to be complied with by microfinance institutions during COVID-19

3 April 2020: Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population – Prohibiting workers from holding group protests

31 March 2020: Directorate of Investment and Company Administration – Business visas can be renewed in-country by filing an application up to 5 days prior to expiry date (Link to DICA; scroll down)

30 March 2020: Ministry of Commerce – Prohibition to speculate with health equipment, medicines and consumer goods (Link to BCLP Law)

25 March 2020: President’s Office –Ordering 50% of government employees to stay at home

20 March 2020: Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population – Social security benefits granted during redundancy for up to 1 year

20 March 2020: Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population – Extending deadline for social security contribution payments to 3 months

20 March 2020: Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population – Instructions to employers and workers whose workplace is closed; social security benefits during redundancy; voluntary insurance

18 March 2020: Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry – Financial and other support for the most affected industries

13 March 2020: President’s Office – Request to the people not to hold public gatherings, ceremonies and festivals until 30 April 2020

13 March 2020: President’s Office – Prohibition of ceremonies and other public events

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25 May 2020
Permission to import liquor (with the exception of beer)
Ministry of Commerce Notifications 38 and 39/2020

12 May 2020
Introduction of three new insurances
Insurance Business Regulatory Board Directive No. 6/2020

3 December 2019
Labelling directive
Myanmar Consumer Protection Commission Directive No. 2/2019

31 October 2019
Notification specifying the manufacturing years for the import of motor vehicles during 2020
Supervisory Committee for Businesses Related to Motor Vehicle Import Notification No. 60/2019

10 October 2019
Notification setting the import license fees
Ministry of Commerce Notification No. 58/2019

13 August 2019
Petroleum Exploration, Drilling and Production Bill
Second draft

5 August 2019
Tax Collection Procedures during the Transition Period Due to the Change of the Financial Year
Ministry of Planning and Finance Notification No. 64/2019

3 June 2019
Law Amending the Labour Dispute Settlement Law for the Second Time
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 17/2019

7 May 2019
Myanmar Gambling Law
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 13/2019

15 March 2019
Consumer Protection Law
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 9/2019 (please subscribe to our premium service if you wish to receive the English translation)

15 March 2019
Workplace Safety and Health Law
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 8/2019 (please subscribe to our premium service if you wish to receive the English translation)

30 January 2019
Trademark Law
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 3/2019

29 January 2019
Central Bank Letter No. MaBaMa/Bank Scrutiny/1(1/2019)
allowing foreign equity investment in local banks

2 January 2019
Ministry of Planning and Finance Announcement 1/2019
on market access to foreign insurance companies

21 December 2018
Ministry of Commerce, Minister’s Office, Notification 57/2018
allowing foreign entities to import office equipment and goods required for the performance of services

8 November 2018
Central Bank Directive 6/2018
allowing foreign bank to service local business customers in the same manner as local banks

14 September 2018
Ministry of Construction Notification 227/2018
setting up the Condominium Registration Offices

27 August 2018
President’s Office Notification 65/2018
setting up a “foreign bank selection team”

13 August 2018
Central Bank Letter No. FE 1/452
abolishing the margin within foreign currency had to be exchanged

9 August 2018
Ministry of Commerce Newsletter 6/2018
allowing all foreign-invested companies to register as importer (please subscribe to our premium service if you wish to receive the English translation)

26 July 2018
Ministry of Commerce Newsletter 3/2018
specifying which items foreigners may trade according to Notification 25/2018

26 July 2018
Ministry of Commerce Newsletter 2/2018
specifying the standard operating procedure for obtaining a retail or wholesale permit according to Notification 25/2018 (please subscribe to our premium service if you wish to receive the English translation)

5 (?) July 2018
Ministry of Electricity and Energy Announcement
inviting Myanmar oil and gas companies to register in order to form joint ventures with foreign companies in the upcoming bidding round

8 June 2018
Gambling Bill

9 May 2018
Large Taxpayers Tax Office letter
informing financial institutions that they may have a short financial year from 1 April to 30 September 2018

9 May 2018
Ministry of Commerce Notification 25/2018
allowing 100% Myanmar-owned companies, 100% foreign-owned companies and joint venture companies to engage in retail and wholesale

30 March 2018
Union Tax Law 2018
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law 10/2018

20 March 2018
Registration of Deeds Law
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law 9/2018

8 January 2018
Ministry of Commerce Notification 1/2018
on the import of used machines

8 December 2017
Central Bank Directive No. 9/2017
permitting branches of foreign banks to provide export financing to local companies

7 December 2017
Condominium Rules (Ministry of Construction Notification 267/2017)
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17 November 2017
MoC Notification 55/2017
permitting foreigners to import and sell agricultural machines in a joint venture

9 October 2017
Ministry of Commerce Notification 50/2017 – Competition Rules
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1 September 2017
MoL Announcement 4/2017
obliging employers with more than five employees to use the new labour contract template

1 September 2017
New labour contract template issued by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population
Replaces the template from 2015. Please subscribe to our premium service if you wish to receive an English translation.

28 August 2017
MoL Notification 140/2017
obliging employers with more than five employees to use the new labour contract template

15 August 2017
Revenue Appellate Tribunal Bill
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1 August 2017
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Law
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law 20/2017

1 August 2017
Law Amending the Stamp Act
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law 19/2017

26 July 2017
Law Amending the Special Goods Tax Law
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law 17/2017

26 July 2017
Ministry of Planning and Finance Notification 76/2017
reducing the corporate income tax rate for YSX-listed companies from 25% to 20%

21 June 2017
Ministry of Commerce Notification 38/2017
establishing a system to discover and combat fraudulent import prices. Please subscribe to our premium service if you wish to receive an English translation.

12 June 2017
MoC Notification 36/2017 allowing foreigners to import fertilizers, seeds, pesticides, hospital equipment and construction
materials

10 April 2017
Directive of the President’s Office No. 1/2017
on tender and procurement procedures

11-14 March 2017
Draft of a Myanmar Gemstone Law, 2017

1 March 2017
Union Tax Law 2017
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law 4/2017

17 February 2017
Ministry of Commerce Notification 16/2017 on the import of brand new cars by joint ventures

7 February 2017
Ministry of Commerce Notification 14/2017 on the import of used machines

12/13 January 2017
Draft Law to Prevent an Increased Quantity of Imports

10 January 2017
Ministry of Planning and Finance Notification 2/2017 on withholding tax

9 December 2016
Central Bank order on the submission and publication of financial statements of banks

5 December 2016
Central Bank notification obliging banks to report exporters who do not repatriate export proceeds

3-5 December 2016
Foreigners Bill

2 December 2016
Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population announcement on new visa rules

22 November 2016
Supervisory Committee for the Import of Vehicles and Related Business Notification 1/2016 on the types of vehicles permitted to be imported in 2017

22 November 2016
Ministry of Commerce Notification 74/2016 accepting the invoiced price in the application for an import/export license

7 July 2016
Ministry of Commerce Notification 56/2016 allowing foreigners to trade in construction materials

21 March 2016
Myanmar Investment Commission Notification 26/2016 on restricted businesses

29 January 2016
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law 24/2016: Condominium Law

25 January 2016
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law 22/2016: Union Tax Law 2016

25 January 2016
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law 18/2016: Shops and Establishments Law, 2016

18 January 2016
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law 11/2016: Special Goods Tax Law
The law was comprehensively revised by Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law 17/2017 dated 26 July 2017. We provide an updated version for our premium subscribers.

30 November 2015
Ministry of Finance letter on stamp duty rates for collateralized loans

11 November 2015
Ministry of Commerce Notification 96/2015 allowing foreigners to trade in fertilizers, seeds, pesticides and hospital equipment

13 October 2015
Central Bank letter revoking foreign exchange acceptor and holder licenses

7 September 2015
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law 55/2015: Motor Vehicle Law

4 September 2015
Labour contract template of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security
Replaced by a new template on 1 September 2017. Please subscribe to our premium service to receive an English translation.

4 September 2015
Work rules template of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security

4 September 2015
Payment slip template of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security

31 August 2015
Ministry of Labour Notification 1/2015 on the signing of labour contracts
Repealed by Notification 140/2017

27 August 2015
Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development Notification 1/2015 – Special Economic Zones Rules (first part)

26 August 2015
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law 51/2015: The Protection and Preservation of Ancient Monuments Law

30 September 2014
Central Bank Notification 7/2014: Foreign Exchange Management Regulation

28 August 2013
Ministry of Energy Notification 100/2013: Import, storage, transport and distribution of petroleum products