Myanmar: Humanitarian access in Central Rakhine (November 2018)


Of the organisations that applied for travel authorizations (TAs), all received TAs for field access in central Rakhine, albeit after submitting detailed and restrictive paperwork outlining their planned activities. The highest number of TAs were granted in Sittwe, Pauktaw and Mrauk-U. The most common TA duration is 30 days.

Notwithstanding the approval of regular TAs, there continue to be reported incidents of additional and duplicate paperwork being requested by local police and camp authorities in central Rakhine, despite the extensive information already provided to the Coordination Committee and Rakhine State Government line agencies regarding humanitarian operations. Increasing the already burdensome bureaucratic processes involved in the TAs reduces the capacity of humanitarian partners to be flexible and respond efficiently to changing circumstances and staffing needs. Outside the approval of a number of emergency TAs in response to the Ohn Taw Chay fire, it is still taking more than a week (11 days on average) for regular TA paperwork to be approved. The timeliness of some approvals also continues to cause problems in some cases. One organization faced a 13-day gap in their access to deliver services due to delay in approvals, affecting their ability to deliver services to people in need. A further organization lost 7 days of their TA time due to delayed visa approvals.
Construction approval delays continue to be a problem for four organisations, holding up activities which could provide more dignified and safer living conditions for people in need.


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