Information
English French

AIRPORT TAX

Any passengers departing Myanmar on international flights don't need to pay airport tax any more.

CLIMATE AND WEATHER

Myanmar has three seasons. *Cool Season - October through February with average temperatures 20-24 C *Hot Season March through May with average temperatures 30-35 C *Wet Season - June through September with average temperatures 25-30 C The ideal time to visit Myanmar is during the cool season. However, even during the wet season, Yangon normally receives morning and afternoon showers while rainfall in Bagan and Mandalay is very low. The weather around Inle Lake and in Shan State is quite pleasant all year round but cold at night from December to February.

CREDIT CARDS

Some 4-5 Stars hotels, tourist oriented shops are now accepting payment with Visa and Master Cards. There may be around 5% of service charge. ATM machines are widely present throughout classic destinations.

FOREIGN CURRENCY

US Dollars are more preferable to Euro at touristic areas. But local shops prefer Myanmar Currency: KYAT. Foreign currency notes that are torn or inked won't be accepted even though Local Currency are accepted at almost any condition.

DOMESTIC AIRLINES

Air Mandalay, Air KBZ, Air Bagan, Asian Wings, Yangon Airways and Mann Yadanarpon Airlines are operating in Myanmar with 20 Kilo of checked luggage and 7 Kilo of Hand-carry allowance.

DRINKING WATER

Visitors are advised to drink bottled and sealed purified water so as to avoid diarrhea and other intestinal problems even though it might occur in some fragile people.

DUTY FREE ALLOWANCE

Two bottles of liquor, two cartons of cigarettes or 100 cigars and half litre of perfume are allowed per person. Yangon Airport arrival hall has a selection of duty free shops with a full range of items at a good price.

ENTRANCE FEES IN US$

Yangon      
Shwedagon 8000 Gem Museum 5000
Botahtaung 2000 or $2 People Park 1000
Sule 2000 Ngar Htet Kyi Pagoda 2000
National Museum 5000    
       
Bago & Arounds 10000    
       
Kyaik Htee Yo (Golden Rock Pagoda) 6000    
       
Mandalay + Inwa (Ava) 10000    
       
Mingun + Sagaing 3000    
       
Bagan & Arounds $20 Bagan Museum 5000
       
Salay 5000    
       
Inle + Sagar $10    
       
Kakku 3000 or $3    
       
Mrauk U 5000    
       
Sittwe Museum 2000 or $2    
       
Pho Win Hill 2000 or $2    
       
Shwe Ba Hill 2000 or $2    
       
Monywa Thanbodday Pagoda 3000 or $3    
       
Pindaya Cave 2000 or $2    
       
Pindaya Zone Fee 2000 or $2    

 

FESTIVALS

Try to arrange your journey to coincide with a festival. These unique celebrations - such as the annual Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival around Inle Lake - offer a perfect chance to visit villages and join the locals as they celebrate their festivals throughout the year.

GRATUITIES AND TIPPING

Myanmars are genuinely happy to help foreign visitors and don't expect anything in return. But if your guide or any other person during your trip was especially kind or helpful a gratuity would be a generous gesture and greatly appreciated.

HEALTH

No inoculations or vaccinations are required unless coming from or passing through an infected area. Clients should bring sufficient medication with them if required and should check for updated health recommendations before your departure to Myanmar regarding hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, etc. Please contact us if you would like detailed information on emergency health services available.

IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS FORMALITIES

Your valuables ( jewelry, cameras, electronic equipment, etc.) should be declared on your customs declaration form upon arrival. Receipt of purchase and an export permit voucher for locally bought goods such as gems and jewelry may be required upon departure.

INSURANCE

We recommend all clients to obtain the necessary personal baggage, medical and accident insurance before arrival. SOS Worldwide has a local representative office in Yangon with a 24 hour on call service for emergency evacuation and medical assistance.

LANGUAGE

The majority of the people speak Myanmar (Burmese) and English is widely used.

MOBILE PHONES

Hand Phones or Mobile Telephones from other countries currently do not operate in Myanmar. Customs will hold your telephone upon arrival and you can collect on your departure.

MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE - (MSG) ALERT

Throughout most Asian countries including Myanmar MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) - known locally as 'AJINOMOTO' - is still used in food preparation in some restaurants. Some travellers who may experience swollen feet, hands or headaches will more than likely have had a good amount of MSG in the food. It is always best to inform your guide when ordering if you do not wish it to be added to your food.

POWER AND ELECTRICITY

Our recommended hotels in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan offer 24 hour power (with a generator if needed). In other more isolated areas like Kyaingtong, the Shan Hills, Kalaw, Pindaya, Taunggyi, Nyaung Shwe and Inle Lake - generated power may not always be available. Most hotel rooms have screens and mosquito nets.

RELIGION

The majority of the people of Myanmar are Buddhist although Christianity, Islam and Hinduism are also practiced.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS IDD
Telephones & fax facilities are available in most hotels in Yangon and Mandalay but charges are quite expensive. E mail facilities are now available at many hotels and local businesses in Yangon and Mandalay.

TRAVELERS CHEQUES
Traveler Cheques are not yet accepted in Myanmar..

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Myanmar Entry Visa

PASSPORT

Passport valid for at least six months beyond date of intended departure is required by all nationals.

VISA

Visa is required by all nationals except transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, provided holding valid onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport.

In May 2010, visa on arrival was introduced at Yangon and Mandalay airports, at $30 for 28 days (no extension possible). You need to show the immigration officer the following: a valid return ticket and 2 passport-size photo (4 cm x 6 cm), not older than 6 months. You might be asked to show that you have $300 in cash (families $600) and a reservation for a hotel. Do contact the nearest Myanmar Embassy for eligibility. Otherwise, get the visa in advance, to be on the safe side.

While ASEAN and China nationals may have had visa-free access in the past, the Myanmar Embassy in Singapore declares that all nationalities must obtain visas before travel (9 April 2008). Some additional restrictions, requirements or conditions may be applied to applications – reports have included a need for a detailed itinerary, a detailed job history, etc. Be prepared for some unusual questions (either on the forms, or from the Consulate staff) when applying for your visa. Though not explicitly stated, it has been reported that the authorities only allow one trip to the country every 6 months.

A separate visa is required for each child over seven years of age, even if travelling on their parent’s passport.

TYPES OF VISA

Tourist visas are issued for a single entry, valid for one month from the date of issue. The visa is good for a stay of up to four weeks (from date of entry). Successful applicants will also be issued an "Arrival Form", which will be stapled into your passport and must be presented on arrival in Myanmar, along with your passport containing the visa sticker. Ensure that the visa sticker, and arrival form have both been signed by the immigration officer before leaving the Embassy. Note that you will still have to fill in the usual customs and immigration forms on your flight into the country.

Tourist visas are valid for two months from the date of issue for stays of 28 days in Myanmar. Business visas are valid for three months or six months from date of issue, depending on the type granted.
Application Requirements

A STANDARD APPLICATION FOR A TOURIST VISA REQUIRES:

  • a completed visa form (from the Embassy);
  • a completed arrival form (from the Embassy);
  • a photocopy of the photo page from your passport;
  • two passport sized photos;
  • the applicable fee.

PROCESSING TIME

At least three.\

PLEASE CONTACT THE NEAREST MYANMAR EMBASSY
FOR TOURIST VISA INFORMATION

AUSTRALIA
Canberra Tel: (61-2) 6273-3811, 6273-3751 Fax: (61-2) 6273-4357
     
BANGLADESH
Dhaka Tel: (88-02) 988 8903, 989 6331, 989 6298, 989 6373 Fax: (88-02) 88 23 740
     
BELGIUM
Brussels Tel: (00-32) 25 134 175 Fax: (00-32) 25 134 175
     
BRAZIL
Brasilia Tel: (55-61) 248-3747, 364-3145 Fax: (55-61) 36 42 747
     
BRUNEI
Bandar Seri Begawan Tel: (673-2) 450-506, 450-507 Fax: (673-2) 451-008
     
CAMBODIA
Phnom Penh Tel: (855-23) 213-663 / 4 Fax: (855-23) 213-665
     
CANADA
Ottawa Tel: (1-613) 232-6434, 232-6446 Fax: (1-613) 232-6435
     
CHINA
Beijing Tel: (86-10) 6532-0051 ext:24 Fax: (86-10) 6532-0408
     
CHINA
Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2845 0810 Fax: (852) 2845 0820
     
CHINA
Kunming Tel: (86-871) 317-6609 Fax:(86-871) 317-6309
     
EGYPT
Cairo Tel: (20-2) 736 2644, 735 4176, 735 1568 Fax: (20-2) 736 6793
     
FRANCE
Paris Tel: (33-1) 56 88 15 90 Fax: (33-1) 4562-1330
     
GERMANY
Berlin Tel: (49-30) 2061-570 Fax: (49-30) 2061-5720
     
INDIA
New Delhi Tel: (9111) 688-9007, 688-9008 Fax: (9111) 687-7942
     
INDONESIA
Jakarta Tel: (62-21) 314-0440, 327-684 Fax: (62-21) 327-204
     
ISRAEL
Tel Aviv Tel: (972-3) 517-0760, 517-0761 Fax: (972-3) 517-1440
     
ITALY
Rome Tel: (39-6) 36 303 753, 36 304 056 Fax: (39-6) 36 298 566
     
JAPAN
Tokyo Tel: (81-3) 3441-9291~3 Fax: (81-3) 3447-7394
     
KOREA
Seoul Tel: (82-2) 792-3341, 796-9858, 796-7814 Fax: (82-2) 796-5570
     
LAOS
Vientiane Tel: (856-21) 314-910, 314-911 Fax: (856-21) 314-913
     
LEBANON
Beirut Tel: (961-1) 485-375/76/77/78/79 Fax: (961-1) 502-974
     
MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur Tel: (60-3) 4251 5595, 42514455, 4251 6355 Fax: (60-3) 4251 3855, 4251 3535
     
NEPAL 
 Kathmandu  Tel: (977-1)5521-788, 524-788  Fax: (977-1) 523-402
     
NETHERLANDS
 Breda  Tel: (31-76) 520-9054  Fax: (31-76) 520-9270
     
PAKISTAN
 Islamabad  Tel: (92-51) 822-460, 828-828  Fax: (92-51) 828-819
     
PHILIPPINES
 Manila  Tel: (63-2) 817-2373, 812-9587  Fax: (63-2) 817-5895
     
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
 Moscow  Tel: (7-95) 291-0534  Fax: (7-95) 956-3186
     
SINGAPORE
 Singapore  Tel: (65) 735-0209  Fax: (65) 735-6236
     
SOUTH AFRICA
 Pretoria Tel: (27-12) 460-6544, 460-4333 Fax: (27-12) 346-0746 
     
SRI LANKA
 Colombo  Tel: (94-1) 681 197, 672 197 Fax: (94-1) 681-196 
     
SWITZERLAND
 Geneva  Tel: (41-22) 731-7540, 731-7549  Fax: (41-22) 738-4882
     
THAILAND
 Bangkok  Tel: (66-2) 223-2237, 234-4698, 233-7250  Fax: (66-2) 236-6898
     
UK
 London  Tel: (44-207) 629-6966, 499, 8841  Fax: (44-207) 629-4169
     
USA
 New York  Tel: (1-212) 744-1271 Fax: (1-212) 737-2421 
     
USA
 Washington D.C.  Tel: (1-202) 332-3344, 332-4350  Fax: (1-202) 332-4351
     
VIETNAM
 Hanoi  Tel: (84-4) 845-3369, 823-2056  Fax: (84-4) 845-2404
     
YUGOSLAVIA
Belgrade Tel: (381-11) 645-420, 645-128 Fax: (381-11) 361-4968/ 644-845


VOLTAGE

The voltage in Myanmar is 220-230 Volts AC. Most of the international hotels have their own generators. Other places may experience power cuts and voltage fluctuation which can damage equipment like computers. Please travel with the required protection for your electrical items.

WHAT TO BRING

Sun hat, sun glasses, sun protection for your face and body, prescription medicines, insect repellent and an umbrella April to October (rain or shine). An antibiotic cream for minor cuts and scratches, extra pair of prescription glasses, a small flashlight, extra passport photos, decaffeinated coffee (if you require). WHAT TO WEAR Shorts, short skirts or revealing clothing are not appropriate especially when visiting temples or any religious site. Myanmar is a conservative Buddhist culture and improper dress can be offensive. Please dress with respect for the local culture. Lightweight, easy to care clothes of cotton and cool fabrics are ideal all year round. A winter sweater or jacket and socks may be needed in the cool season when visiting up country especially around Inle Lake and Kalaw when the weather can drop to near freezing during the night. Wear sensible walking shoes which can be easily removed when required. Sandals, thongs or flip-flops (available locally) are very convenient footwear.

A Roy Myanmar Travels & Tours Co., Ltd.

No.84, 2nd Floor, Corner of Myanmar Gone Yae Road & 94 Street, Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township, Yangon, Myanmar.

(+95-9) 50 77 562, 73 161 301, 49 241 398 (+95-1) 39 44 10

www.aroymyanmartravel.com

Our Map