Important Travel Information
𝐋𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭: 𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐌𝐲𝐚𝐧𝐦𝐚𝐫
Here’s the latest Public Health Requirements to enter Myanmar, updated as of 15 Jun 2022 by Ministry of Health (MOH) as illustrated.
1. Passengers must adhere to the requirements imposed by the Myanmar authorities, subject to change at the authorities' discretion - https://bit.ly/EntryRequirementintoMyanmar
2. Complete the Health Declaration Card (HDC) from the Ministry of Health, Myanmar - https://bit.ly/HealthDeclarationCard
3. Hold valid Inbound Travel Accident Insurance from Myanma Insurance - https://bit.ly/PurchaseYourInsurance
Visa/Visa on Arrival/eVisa
The Visa on Arrival is not available now in Myanmar. For eVisa, please go to the link evisa.moip.gov.mm and follow the information, instructions, method of entry and its terms and conditions as indicated there. In unfortunate case of if your application is rejected, no reason will be provided or can be requested. If you do not like the form of an eVisa, you can still apply for the visa at the respective Myanmar embassy. All other travelers must get their tourist visas from the Myanmar Embassy of their respective country. You can also try to get your visa at the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok but you may not get it on time. You can download the application documents from the webpage of the Myanmar Embassy in your country. You can find Myanmar Embassy List here https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/embassy.aspx.
For Germans, Swiss and Austrians:
Embassy of the Union of Myanmar, Thielallee 19, 14195 Berlin
Phone (0049 30) 206 1570, Fax- (0049 30) 206 15720, 84418390
Apply early for your visa, but not more than 3 months before your entry.
A tourist visa is valid for up to 28 days. You can overstay for not more than 90 days, but you have to pay $ 3 for every extra day. If you need to stay longer, please contact your travel agent in Yangon early. He might be able to arrange for a business visa.
Types of Visa, Fees and Duration
THE BURMA IMMIGRATION EMERGENCY PROVISIONS ACT,1947
3(1) No foreigner shall enter the Union of Burma without an immigration permit issued by the Controller or by any Official authorized to issue such permits or a valid passport duly visaed or endorsed by or on behalf of the President:
4(2) All such conditions shall be deemed to be conditions for allowing the holder of such permit or visa to enter or remain in the Union of Burma, and a breach of any of these conditions shall render the holder liable to deportation from the Union of Burma if the President of the Union so directs.
13(1) Whoever enters or attempts to enter the Union of Burma or whoever after legal entry remains or attempts to remain in the Union of Burma in contravention of any of the provisions of this Act or the rules made there under or any of the conditions set out in any permit or visa shall be punished with imprisonment for a term (which may extend from a minimum of six months to a maximum of five years or with fine of a minimum of K.1500 or with both.)
13(2) Whoever being the carrier knowingly brings or attempts to bring into the Union of Burma any person not authorized to enter the Union of Burma shall be liable to imprisonment for a term (which may extend from a minimum of six months to a maximum of five years or to a fine of a minimum of K.1500) for ever such person brought or attempted to be brought into Burma or to both.
13(5) Whoever assists or attempts to assist any person to enter the Union of Burma, illegally or knowing that a foreigner is remaining in the Union of Burma in contravention of any of the provisions of this Act or the rules made there under willfully assists or attempts to assist him to remain in the Union of Burma shall be punished with imprisonment for a term (which may extend from a minimum of six months to a maximum of five years or with fine of a minimum of K.1500 or with both).
For flights, please contact your domestic travel agent early. You can also find reasonably priced tickets on the Internet. Now, the number of flights landing to Myanmar is very limited. Please check details ahead of your trip. Myanmar time is 6:30 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Hotel prices have gone up and many hotels might be fully booked long in advance. The same applies to domestic flights. Please contact your travel agent early!
There are two currencies for you in Myanmar: the US Dollar (cash) and the local currency called Kyat (pronounced chutt). Traveler cheques and credit cards like Visa, Master and Union Pay are now accepted in leading hotels and tour operators. Payment with credit card will be charged 4% surplus. The Euro is gaining acceptance, but only in the tourist centers; please ask your travel agent, if he will accept Euro. So bring enough US Dollar cash, in new and undamaged $100 bills. Bring some smaller dollar bills for change.
The exchange rates for smaller bills are lower than for the Dollar 100 bill or the Euro 500 bill. You need Kyat, if you eat at local restaurants or shop in the markets for souvenirs and handicraft.
We strongly recommend travel insurance (German: Reiseversicherung und Reiseruecktrittsversicherung) from your country in order to be insured against illness, accident, repatriation, travel cancellation, and lost baggage.
Myanmar Customs is polite and cooperative. All visitors must fill out a Customs Declaration Form, which they receive on the airplane. Local currency cannot be imported. Foreign currency in excess of US$ 10.000 has to be declared. This declaration, however, is not checked or asked for when you leave the country. Laptops you can bring in. Buddha images, antiques and gemstones cannot be taken out of the country without an official receipt by a licensed dealer. For US citizens it is important to know that they cannot import gemstones from Myanmar into the US, however. You can claim that they were made and bought in Thailand.
Health, Vaccinations and Medications
No vaccinations are presently required for Myanmar. Please consult with your physician. It is usually recommended that you be immunized against polio, typhoid, tetanus, and hepatitis A. Some doctors recommend vaccination for Japanese encephalitis. Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Lake Inle are not designated as malaria areas. Malarone is recommended, if you intend to enter malaria areas. Bring lots of mosquito repellent and use it in the evening. Sun lotion will be useful. Bring Imodium. Almost all other medicine is available in Myanmar, but please refrain from buying medications that were produced in China or other neighboring countries; they may not be safe. Should you get seriously ill in Myanmar, we recommend that you take the next plane to Bangkok (50 minutes) and check into a private hospital like Bumrungrad.
Airport Departure Tax
Airport Departure Tax for international flights is $10. There is a service tax for domestic flights too. But it is usually included in your ticket price.
Electric current is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles. Do not forget to bring or buy in Myanmar a strong flashlight, because the streets are dark at night and sidewalks have many holes. Please use your flashlight whenever you go out after dark.
Climate and Clothes
The seasons are:
Dry and warm – End of October to middle of March
Dry and hot – Middle of March to middle of May
Rainy Season – Middle of May to middle of October
Best time to travel: End of October to end of February.
For daytime: light clothes. Shorts are not popular, long pants are more appropriate. Cap or hat. Sun glasses, flipflops or sandals because you have to take off your footwear when you visit temples or monasteries. Small bag or backpack for daily trips. For the evening especially in the mountains and near the lake, you need warm clothes: windbreaker, sweater, warm pants, socks, shoes or sneakers.
Food and Beverages
Burmese food is not so spicy. Chinese food is available in most cities and towns. Western food is available mainly in the big cities and in hotels. The hotels and restaurants that you will be visiting are quite safe, except for the tap water. Please drink enough bottled water (or other liquids) every day; 2 liters a day are recommended.
Lunch and Dinner
The meals at your hotels may be expensive. Ask your guide for good local restaurants. They are cheaper and more fun. Try some of the local dishes like Shan noodles.
Internet, Email, International Telephone Calls
Internet/Wi-Fi (and access to your email provider) is also available in almost all hotels. International phone calls from hotels are expensive and complicated.
Data service is normally enabled for a local SIM card and it is reasonably cheap to call home. 5G Network is not yet available.
Bldg. No. 61, 3rd Floor, Room 4, 44th Street, Botataung Tsp., Yangon 1116006, Myanmar. Fax/ Phone: +95 1 8241 775, Phone: +95 1 8380 741
Mobile: +95 9 500 7831
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