Myanmar Refuses Entry of Silversea Cruise Ship

   March 2, 2020 ,   Accidents

Myanmar (Burma) refused port entry of a luxury cruise ship due to Coronavirus fears. Myanmar, which has no confirmed coronavirus cases to date, was a scheduled 4-day stopover for Silver Spirit, operated by Bahamas-based Silversea, in Yangon. However, the government on Monday, March 2, reversed the permission to dock.

According to Khin Khin Gyi, deputy director at the Health and Sports Ministry, the decision was made at an emergency meeting held in the capital Nay Pyi Taw on Sunday. The main reason was that the vessel had stopped in "several countries with confirmed coronavirus cases.” 

Silver Spirit cruise ship

Silver Spirit, carrying 485 travellers from 22 countries and more than 350 crew members, last called at the Thai resort island of Phuket. Myanmar examined 45 suspected cases. None has tested positive for the coronavirus, the ministry announced on Sunday.

For other Silver Spirit accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.

For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.