Voluntary Repatriation Support

Individuals who are interested in or have questions about return to Myanmar should approach UNHCR for counseling on conditions in areas of intended return, details on assistance provided to returnees, and information on the support UNHCR Myanmar can provide upon return.

Voluntary repatriation counseling will be provided for you at the UNHCR Office located at B-2/16, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi 110057.

Voluntary Repatriation Flowchart

Step 1:          Inform UNHCR of your interest in returning home.  The application can be submitted to UNHCR in person, through a letter, or via email at [email protected]

Step 2:         UNHCR schedules an appointment for a voluntary repatriation interview.  At the time of the interview, please bring the following documents with you:

  1. Refugee Cards/Certificates
  2. Long Term Visa (if registered or obtained)
  3. Documentation from Myanmar (if available)

Step 3:          An interview takes place to ensure your decision to return is voluntary and informed.  Declaration and Voluntary Repatriation Form (VRF) are signed.

Step 4:           Approach the Myanmar Embassy after your application has been accepted by UNHCR in order to obtain the relevant documentation (Certificate of Identity) needed for return.   Ensure that any children born in India have been registered with the Myanmar Embassy.

As this may be a lengthy process, you are encouraged to approach the Embassy as soon as possible.  If you face difficulties or are unable to obtain documentation, please contact UNHCR.

Step 5:          After receiving the relevant documents from the Myanmar Embassy, please approach UNHCR for a letter to support your request for an exit permit from the FRRO.  You can visit the UNHCR office or send your request by email to [email protected].  Please include copies of documents obtained through the Myanmar Embassy.

Step 6:            UNHCR will contact you when your letter is ready for collection from the office. Before you approach FRRO, ensure that any debts (such as credits to shop keepers, landlords, etc) you may have incurred are settled and retain evidence of the settlement.  Ensure any outstanding court cases are concluded.

Step 7:            Approach FRRO for completion of exit formalities from India.  If you face difficulties, please contact UNHCR.

Step 8:            You are encouraged to obtain the following documents prior to your departure for ease of integration upon return:

  1. Medical documents (including diagnoses, treatment plans, and updated vaccination cards)
  2. Education documents (including transcripts, completion certificates, report cards, and recommendation letters)
  3. Employment documents (including proof of previous employment and/or a letter of recommendation)

Please note that you are not permitted to return to Myanmar with livestock, motorbikes, fire arms, or illegal drugs.