Any passengers departing Myanmar on international flights
will have to pay a departure tax of USD 10.00 per person.
Myanmar has three seasons. * Winter season - October through
February with average temperatures 20-30 C * summer season -
March through May with average temperatures 30-35 C * Raining
Season - June to September with average temperatures 25-35 C.
The ideal time to visit Myanmar in winter . But even in the
rainy 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 accepted only in a few major hotels, airlines
and some international shops and restaurants. We propose to
bring a sufficient amount of cash for personal expenses.
Exchanging travelers' checks and are very difficult and time
consuming. You must bring the original purchase agreement for
the travelers checks with you as proof when cashing your
check's. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and all
We recommend visitors to bring U.S. dollars in cash only -
larger notes (ONLY NEW U.S. $ 100 notes) to achieve a better
exchange rate. Exchange of other foreign currencies such as
euro, yen and British pound may be time consuming and difficult,
and you get a very low price compared to U.S. $. Authorized
money exchangers throughout Myanmar will usually only accept
U.S. Dollars. The FEC (Foreign Exchange Currency) used in
Myanmar as currency next to the local currency Kyat (pronounced
"Chat") are more or less equivalent to the U.S. dollar (a = 1??)
And is usually tender throughout the country.
Air Mandalay, AIR KBZ, Air Bagan, Asian Wings and Yangon
Airways are privately drives airlines flying throughout Myanmar.
There is a 20 Kilo limit for luggage per person and excess
luggage fee is charged. We suggest that you leave what is not
needed upcountry in Yangon and collect them on your departure.
Only drink purified bottled water. Bottled water is readily
available and some hotels provide complimentary. Bring a bottle
with you throughout the day.
Two bottles of liquor, two cartons of cigarettes or 100
cigars and half liter of perfume are allowed per person. It is
not recommended to put these things in as Myanmar shop prices
are generally far below duty free.
Cost in U.S. $ / FEC payable in some places, namely pagodas,
museums, parks, etc.
Try to arrange your trip to coincide with a festival. These
unique celebrations - such as the annual Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
Festival around Inle Lake - offers a good opportunity to visit
villages and join the locals as they celebrate their festivals
throughout the year. Click on our festivals button to recent
Myanmar's really happy to help foreign visitors, and expect
nothing in return. But if your guide or any other person on the
trip was especially kind or helpful a gratuity would be a
generous gesture and greatly appreciated.
No inoculations or vaccinations are required unless coming
from or through an infected area. Clients should bring
sufficient medication with them if necessary and should check
for updated health recommendations before your departure to
Myanmar regarding hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, etc. Please
contact us if you want detailed information on emergency health
Your valuables (jewelry, cameras, electronic equipment, etc.)
must be declared on your customs declaration upon arrival.
Receipt of purchase and an export permit voucher for locally
bought goods such as gems and jewelery may be required upon
We advise all customers to have 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
Most people speak Myanmar (Burma), and English is widely used
in tourist areas.
GMT + 6.5 Yangon 0700 hours on Mondays
GMT - 5 NEW YORK 1930 hours on Sundays
GMT 0 LONDON 0030 hours on Mondays
GMT +1 PARIS 0130 hours on Mondays
GMT +7 BANGKOK 0730 hours on Mondays
GMT 8 HONG KONG 0830 hours on Mondays
GMT 10 SYDNEY 1030 hours on Mondays
Hand-phones or mobile phones from other countries not
currently operational in Myanmar. It is possible to buy a GSM
SIM card in Myanmar.
In most Asian countries including Myanmar MSG (Monosodium
Glutamate) - known locally as "AJINOMOTO" - is still used for
cooking in some restaurants. Some travelers may experience
swollen feet, hands or headaches will more than likely have had
a good amount of MSG in food. It is always best to inform your
guide when you book if you do not wish to be added to your food.
Our recommended hotels in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan offer 24
hours electricity (with a generator, if necessary). In other
more isolated areas such as Kyaingtong, the Shan Hills, Kalaw,
Pindaya, Taunggyi, Nyaung Shwe and Inle Lake - generated
electricity can not always be available. Most rooms have screens
and mosquito nets.
The majority of the people of Myanmar are Buddhists (85%)
even though Christianity, Islam and Hinduism are also practiced.
Telephones & fax facilities are available in most hotels in
Yangon, Bagan, Inle and Mandalay but charges are quite
expensive. E mail facilities Incl WI-FI is now available at many
hotels and local businesses in Yangon, Bagan, Inle and Mandalay.
A visa is required in advance. Tourist visa for Myanmar can
be issued by the Myanmar embassies worldwide. Travelers planning
to arrive via Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Hong Kong can
sometimes obtain their tourist visas within one working day.
Visa on arrival: Tourist Visas on arrival can be
arranged within 1-2 weeks. Tourist visa is valid for a stay of
up to 28 days.
Once we have approval we will send you a message. The
airlines have already been informed of your arrival, so nothing
else is needed. (Rules amended March 2010). Immigration Service
/ Immigration at Yangon International Airport will issue the
visa for you and our representative will also be there to help
Previously, you have to change 200 USD for the FEC at the
Now, things have improved. Many banks can exchange, just a
few "moneychangers." However, travelers can get confused.
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 such as computers. Please travel with the necessary
protection for your electrical items.
Sun hat, sunglasses (available locally), sunscreen for your
face and body, prescription medication, 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.
Shorts, short skirts or revealing clothing is not
appropriate, especially when visiting temples or any religious
site. Myanmar is a conservative Buddhist culture and improper
dress can be offensive. Please dress respecting 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 necessary in the cool season when visiting up
country especially around Inle Lake and Kalaw when the
temperature can drop to near freezing during the night. Wear
sensible walking shoes, which can be easily removed as required.
Sandals, slipper or flip-flops (available locally) are very