Before You Come

VISA INFORMATION

Myanmar requires a visa for all foreigners visiting the country. It is valid for 28 days starting from the day you enter the country, three months from the date of issue. A valid passport with entry visa is required for all tourists and businessmen, applicable at any Myanmar Embassies and Consulate General Offices abroad. The international points of entry and exit Myanmar are Yangon International Airport and Mandalay International Airport. Show your passport (with valid entry visa) and disembarkation card on arrival to the Immigration officer at the International Airport (Yangon or Mandalay).

Passport
A valid passport with Entry visa is required for all tourists & businessmen, applicable at Myanmar Embassies and Consulate General Offices abroad.

Types of Visa
A Tourist Visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendible for an additional 14days.
Business Visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendible up to 12 months on a case by case basis.
Visa on Arrival is granted to both FTSs and Package Tourists on prior arrangement with the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism.

Visa on Arrival
Visa on Arrival is granted at Yangon and Mandalay International Airports to citizens from any country who hold ordinary passports. The validity of the visas are 28 days for Tourist Visa and Social Visa; and 70 days for Business Visa.


CUSTOMS

Jewelleries, electrical goods anccameras must be declared at the airport. Antiques and archaeologically valuable items are not allowed to be taken out. Duty free allowance are 2 bottles of liquor, 2 cartons of cigarettes, 100 cigars, 1.5 lb of tobacco, one pint bottle of perfume or eau de cologne.


HEALTH AND INSURANCE

Health officials require certification of immunization against cholera, and against yellow fever if the traveller has travelled or stayed at affected areas within nine days before the arrival date. Proof of smallpox vaccination is no longer required.
There are several hospitals and clinics in Yangon, some of which are under the Ministry of Health and some are privately owned. The Pun Hlaing International Hospital is the first international hospital in Myanmar. As such, it is only in the developing stage for insurance of travelling and travellers. The InsuranceCoverage amount may not be able to realize the full expense. Tourists are strongly suggested to make insurance policies at one’s country or from international institutions. It is highly recommended to inform the tour operator in Myanmar the contact points regarding insurance matters in case of such urgency occurs; and the indentification of the insurance company.


CURRENCY

Myanmar currency is known as “ Kyat “ which comprises 100 pyas. Foreigner are recommended to bring US Dollars into Myanmar because they are easily exchangeable into Foreign Exchange Certificate (FEC) or Myanmar kyat at the Yangon International Airport or money changers. Euros may also be exchanged into FEC or Myanmar kyat at money changers. Please be warned that torn, dirty and stained notes might not be accepted. Visa card is accepted by most hotel’s and a few restaurants and shops, and the service charges may vary from 20 to 40 percent. Only a few restaurants and hotels accept credit cards, and the service charges may vary from 20 to 40 percent. Myanmar currency is known as "Kyat" which comprises 100 pyas.


ELECTRICITY

When you plan to bring some electronic devices, make sure that these work with our Domestic power A.C 220 - 250V 50Hz. The Power Line is 440V.


MOBILE PHONE

Please be noted that Mobile Phones from other countries will not work in Myanmar.


VACCINATION

Most traveler will need vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid fever, and polio, as well as medications for malaria prophylaxis and travelers’ diarrhea. Other immunizations may be necessary depending upon the circumstances of the trip and the medical history of the traveler. Insect repellents are recommended, in conjunction with other measures to prevent mosquito bites. All travelers should visit their personal physician 4-8 weeks before your trip. The sun can be remarkably hot and a hat and high-factor block cream is advisable.


PUBLIC HOLIDAYS (2015)

1 January Kayin New Year
4 January Independence Day
12 February Union Day
2 March Peasants Day
4 March Full Moon Day of Tabaung
27 March Armed Forces Day
12 April - 21 April New Year Holidays
12 April - 16 April Thingyan Water Festival
17 April Myanmar New Year Day
1 May Workers’ Day
2 May Kason Watering Festival - Full Moon Day of Kason
19 July Martyr's Day
31 July  Dhammasakyar Day - Full Moon Day of Second Waso
28 October Abhidhamma Day - Full Moon Day of Thadingyut
26 November Tazaungdine Festival - Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
6 December National Day
25 December Christmas Day
25 December Kayin New Year Day

WHAT TO WEAR

  • Light, casual cotton wear because of hot weather
  • A cardigan or light jerkin, when visiting northern Myanmar in the cold season
  • An umbrella during the rainy season
  • Sandals or slippers
  • Quick drying clothes are recommended if you visit during the rainy season or Thingyan
  • The dress code for pagodas and monasteries prescribe decent apparel, no footwear is allowed when visiting pagodas and monasteries.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Insect repellent
  • Aun block, sunglasses, hat, umbrella
  • Personal medical kit

Most of the necessary goods are available at supermarkets and nearby stores.

Getting to Myanmar

Yangon International Airport and Mandalay International Airport are the main International gateways to Myanmar.

Yangon has direct airlinks with

  • Bangkok
  • Singapore
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Guangzhou
  • Taipei
  • Kunming
  • Ha Noi
  • Kolkata/Gaya
  • Chiang Mai

Myanmar Airways International (8M), Thai Airways (TG), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Silk Air (MI), Air Asia (FD), Indian Airlines (IC), Bangkok Airways (PG), China Airlines (CI), China Southern (CZ), Air China (CA), Vietnam Airlines (-), operate regular flights to Yangon. Air Bagan operates Yangon - Chiang Mai - Yangon flights.

By Sea

International Cruise Ships call at Yangon Port, under the arrangement with the authorized tour operators in Myanmar.

By Overland

Myanmar shares common borders with China, Lao PDR and Thailand on the northeast and east ; and with Bangladesh and India on the west. At present, there are border checkpoints which allow tourists from China and Thailand to enter through these checkpoints with border passes and for third country tourists with valid passport and visa. Further information on this is available from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism as www.moht.gov.mm , www.tourism-myanmar.org.

Myanmar Embassies Abroad

Embassies

Australia 22 Arkana Street, Yarralumla, Act 2600, Canberra
Tel: (61-2) 62733811, (61-2)62733751
Fax: (61-2) 62733181
Email: mecanberra@bigpond.com
Website: www.myanmarembassycanberra.com
Bangladesh No.3, Block-NE(L), Road-84, Gulshan-2, Dhaka-1212
Tel: (8802) 9888903, 9896331, 9896298, 9896373, 9889215
Fax: (8802) 8823740
Email: mynembdk@dhaka.net

Belgium
Boulevard General Wahis 9, 1030 Brussels
Tel: (32-2) 7019380, 7019381
Fax: (32-2) 7055048
Email: mebrussels@skynet.be
Brazil Shis Ql 07, Conjunto 04, Casa 05, Lago Sul, Cep 71615340, Brasilia-Df
Tel: (005561) 32483747, 32482374
Fax: (005561) 33842747
Email: mebrasilia@gmail.com
Website: www.myanmarbsb.com
Brunei Darussalam No.14 Lot 2185/46292 Simpang 212 Jalan Kampong Rimba Gadong
3385, Post Code Be-3119 P.O.Box 1309 Post Office Gadong 3113
Tel: (673) 2451960, 2451961
Fax: (673) 2451963
Email: myanmar@brunet.bn
Cambodia 181, Preah Norodom Boulevard, Boeung Keng Kang 1,
Khan Chamcarmon, Phnom Penh.
Tel: (855-23) 223761, 223762
Fax: (855-23) 223763
Email: mephnompenh@yahoo.com
Canada 85 Range Road, Suite 902-903, The Sandringham, Ottawa,
Ontario Kin 8j6, Canada
Tel: (1613) 2329990
Fax: (1613) 2326999
Email: meottawa@rogers.com
China No 6, Dong'zhi Men Wai Street, Chao Yang District, Beijing, 100600
Tel: (8610) 65320351 (2 lines)
Fax: (8610) 65320408
Email: info@myanmarembassy.com
Egypt No.24, Mohamed Mazhar Street, Zamalek, Cairo 11211
Tel: (00202) 27362644, 27363123
Fax: (00202) 27357712
Email: embassy-myanmar@access.com.eg
France No.60, Rue De Courcelles, 75008 - Paris
Tel: (330) 156881590, 156881591
Fax: (330) 145621330
Email: me-paris@wanadoo.fr
Germany Thielallee 19, 14195 Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany
Tel: (0049-30) 2061570
Fax: (0049-30) 20615720
Email: info@botschaft-myanmar.de
India 3/50 F, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021
Tel: (009111) 24678822, 24678823
Fax: (009111) 24678824
Email: myandelhi@gmail.com
Website: http://menewdelhi.editboard.com
Indonesia 109, Jl. Haji Agus Salim, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
Tel: (62-21) 3158908, 3159095
Fax: (62-21) 3160079
Email: myanmar@cbn.net.id
Israel 12th Floor, Textile Center, Building 2, Kaufaman Street,
Tel-Aviv 68012 Israel
Tel: (972-3) 5170760, 5163364
Fax: (972-3) 5163512
Email: myanmar@zahav.net.il
Italy Via Della Camilluccia, 551 Cap 00135 Roma, Italy
Tel: (0039-06) 36303753, 36304056
Fax: (0039-06) 36298566
Email: meroma@tiscalinet.it
Japan 8-26, 4-chome, Kita Shinagawa, Shinagawa-Ku,
Tokyo 140-0001Japan
Tel: (81-3) 34419044, 34419292, 34419293, 34419294, 34419029
Fax: (81-3) 34477394
Email: contact@myanmar-embassy-tokyo.net
Website: www.myanmar-embassy-tokyo.net
Korea 723-1, 724-1, Hannam-Dong,Yongsan-Ku, Seoul, 140-210,
Republic of Korea
Tel: (82-2) 7903814, 7903815, 7903816
Fax: (82-2) 7903817
Email: myanmar@kotis.net
Website: www.myanmar-embassy-seoul.com
Kuwait Villa No. 28, St 44, Block 5, Al-Zahra Area, Kuwait City, State of Kuwait
Tel: (965) 25240736
Fax: (965) 25240749
Email: myankuwait11@gmail.com
Laos Lao-Thai Road, Watnak Village, Sisattanak District, P.O Box 11,
Vientiane, Lao, P.D.R.
Tel: (856-21) 314910, 314911, 353491
Fax: (856-21) 314913
Email: mevlao@laotel.com
Malaysia 8(C), Jalanampang Hillir, 55000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: (603) 42514455, 42515595, 42516355
Fax: (603) 42513855
Email: mekl@tm.net.my
Nepal Nakkhu Height, Ward No. 4/Ga, Sainbu Bhaisepati, Lautpur,
Kathmandu, P.O. Box. 2437, Nepal
Tel: (009771) 5592774
Fax: (009771) 5592776
Email: myanmaremb@witnk.com.np
Pakistan House 273, Street 6, F-10/3, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (0092-51) 2114148, 5877497
Fax: (0092-51) 2114149
Email: Mo@myanmarembislamabat.com
Website: www.myanmarembislamabad.com
Philippines 8th Floor, Gervasia Corporate Center, 152 Amorsolo Street,
Legaspi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel: (0063-2) 8931944, 8123644
Fax: (0063-2) 8928866
Email: me.manila@gmail.com
Russian Federation 41-B, Nikitskaya (Gertsena), Moscow, Russian Federation
Tel: (007-495) 6915684, 6915614
Fax: (007-495) 9561878
Email: myanmarembassy@vipmail.ru
Saudi Arabia No.5, Al-Kati St, King Fahd Area, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel: (966-1) 2293525, 2293523, 2293496
Fax: (966-1) 2293306
Email: meriyadh@gmail.com
Serbia Kneza Milosa 72, Belgrade 11000, The Republic of Serbia.
Tel: (381-11) 3619114, 3617 165
Fax: (381-11) 3614968
Email: myanbel@sezampro.rs
Singapore 15, St. Martin's Drive, Singapore 257996.
Tel: (0065) 67350209 (6) Lines
Fax: (0065) 67356236
Email: ambassador@mesingapore.org.sg
Website: www.mesingapore.org.sg
South Africa 201 Leyds Street, Arcadia, Pretoria P.O. Box 12121,
Queenswood 0121 South Africa
Tel: (27-12) 3412556, 3412557
Fax: (27-12) 3412553
Email: mepretoria@lantic.net
Website: www.myanemb-sa.net
Sri Lanka 4A, Rosmead Avenue, Rosmead Palace, Colombo 7
Tel: (94-11) 2681007, 2696440
Fax: (94-11) 2682052
Email: mmembcmb@sltnet.lk
Thailand 132, Sathorn Nua Road, Bangkok 10500 Thailand
Tel: (662) 2332237, 2340320, 2340278, 2377744, 2337250
Fax: (662) 2366898
Email: myanmarembassybkk@gmail.com
United Kingdom 19 A, Charles Street, London W1J 5DX United Kingdom
Tel: (044-207) 4994340, 4937397
Fax: (044-207) 4097043
Email: melondon@btconnect.com
USA 2300 S Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 United States Of America
Tel: (202) 3323344, 3324350, 3324352
Fax: (202) 3324351
Email: Pyi.Thayar@varizon.net
Website: www.mewashingtondc.com
Vietnam 298 A, Kim Ma Street, Hanoi
Tel: (84-4) 38453369, 38232056
Fax: (84-4) 38452404
Email: mevhan@ftv.vn
Website: www.mehanoi.org.vn
Lebanon Charles De Gaulle Avenue, Debahy Center 7th Floor, Sin El Fil, Beirut P.O Box : 11-0346
Tel: (96-11) 485375, 485377
Fax: (96-11) 502974
Email: jdebahy@attmail.com

Myanmar Consulate Generals

Kunming, China Room No.B 503 & A 504, Long Yuan Haozhai, 116 Wei Yuan Jie,
Kunming 650021, Yunnan, Province P.R.China
Tel: (86) (871) 3641268, 3603477
Fax: (86) (871) 3602468
Email: mcgkunming@gmail.com
Website: www.mcg-kunming.com
Hong Kong, China Rm 2401-2405 & 2436-2440, 24/F Sun Hung Kai Center,
30 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 28450810, 28450811
Fax: (852) 28450820
Email: cgbk@biznetvigator.com
Kolkata, India No.57K, Ballygunge Circular Road, (Par Matesh Brua Sarani Road)
Kolkata - 70019, Republic of India
Tel: (91-33) 24851656, 24851658
Fax: (91-33) 24851655

Myanmar Permanent Missions

Switzerland 47, Avenue Blanc, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: (0041-22) 9069870, 9069871
Fax: (0041-22) 7238919
Email: mission.myanmar@ties.itu.int
Website: www.myanmargeneva.org
New York 10 East 77th Street, New York, N.Y 10075, USA
Tel: (1-212) 7441271, 7441275, 7441279
Fax: (1-212) 7441290
Email: myanmarmission@verizon.net

Myanmar Honorary Consulates-General

Bangladesh Suite #200, Hotel Agrabad, Agrabad Commercial Area,
Chittagong, Bangladesh
Tel: (88031) 7133118
Fax: (88031) 710572
Email: hmhakimail@agrabadhotels.com
Greece 10 Skouze Street, Piraeus, Gr 18536
Tel: (301) 4526026, 4526086
Fax: (301) 4524920
Email: przane@tee.gr
Japan 3-3-11 Eboshicho, Nada-ku, Kobe, Japan 652-0042
Tel: (81-078) 8053901
Fax: (81-078) 8053849
Email: hnin@ship.ecl.co.jp
Korea 10F, Medical Centre, B/D No.1-28, Sujuong, 2-dong, Dong-Juggu,
Busal, Korea
Tel: (82-51) 4680999
Fax: (82-51) 4684999
Lebanon 93, Charles De Gaulle Avenue, Debahy Center, Sinelfil, Beirut
Tel: (961-1) 4853759 (5 lines)
Email: myanmar@debahy.com
The Netherlands Overaseweg 96, 4836 BC Breda
Tel: (31-78) 5317327
Fax: (31-78) 5209054
Email: colsul@histevens.nl
Turkey Cetin Emec Bul Vari, 7 Cadde 55/4, Amkara, Turkey
Tel: (90-312) 4725078, 4961375
Fax: (90-312) 4725016, 4961376
Vietnam 50, Sam Son Road, Ward 4, District 10, Hochiminh City
Tel: (84-8) 54490805
Fax: (84-8) 38428879
Email: dtbac@yahoo.com

A Guide to Travel in Myanmar

Religious Customs

1. When entering Buddhist Temples, Pagodas and religious environs, head wear such as hats and footwear such as shoes, socks and stockings are to be taken off.

2. Buddhist Temples, Pagodas and religious sites are highly sacred places of worship in Myanmar. Wearing decent clothes is customary of the Myanmar people.

3. High reverence and respect for the Sangha (the Buddhist monks) and the elderly people and tender care for the children are customary of the Myanmar people.

Cultural Norms

4. Giving charity to the children or to the needed is only acceptable through the estab lished social welfare organizations and associations. Individual charity by the road side in public is not allowed.

5. Greeting with a smile is a customarily accepted cultural norm of the Myanmar people.

6. It is a cultural norm to take off the shoes before entering a Myanmar home.

7. Showing affection in public such as kissing and hugging is not an acceptable custom in Myanmar.

8. Myanmar women, by tradition seek the approval of their parents and guardians before accepting the marriage proposal. Married women in yanmar are not socially accepted to have
second marriage if not legally divorced.

9. It is considered highly impolite to indicate something with your chin or your foot.

Guidelines for Safety and Security

10. For the safety and security of the visitor and the environment it is recommended to accept and cooperate with the authorized personnel for any security check in Myanmar.

11. Foreign tourists are allowed to travel to designated tourists destinations in Myanmar. Therefore, prior to your travel to a new place of visit, it is recommended to enquire for accurate information from a responsible authority or a licensed tour guide.

12. International visitors should not contact any political activists, visit their offices and residences, and get involved in any of their political activities.

13. Do not disturb in any way to those security personnel who are engaged in their duties for safety and security.

14. Import or export of documents, photographs, VCDs, and CDs which are considered to be anti-government activities are totally prohibited.

15. Taking photographs of any restricted areas offices and posts, security personnel and their manoeuvres are totally prohibited.

Visiting Villages

16. When visiting villages, find out about their customs and traditions and it is recommended to show respect to their norms.

17. When taking photographs or videos of the indigenous national groups, it is recommended to avoid photographing their weaknesses or any such embarrassment.

Custom Duty

18. Drug using and trafficking or money laundering trading in antique items or transporting, buying and selling of restricted items are liable to severe punishment by law.

Antiquities

20. Myanmar has such cultural and religious antiquities. There are Strict rules and regulations on the preservation and surveil lance of antiquities, so kindly support the sustainability of Myanmar’s heritage.

21. Antiquity includes any size or pieces of antique items and because protective restrictions laid down illegal possession and trans portation, are liable to strict legal action.

Lodging

22. Foreign tourists are not allowed to be accommodated at homes in the residential areas of the cities or villages.

23. Foreign tourists are only allowed to be accommodated at hotels, motels, inns and lodging houses granted with licenses to operate.

Minors (Children)

24. Sexual exploitation of minors and young girls is strictly prohibited in Myanmar and legal action will be taken against any such violation.

25. Child labour is strictly prohibited in Myanmar.

Means of Transport

26. It is recommended to take necessary precautions when travelling by motor vehicles or boats which may cause danger to life.

27. Only specified license can motor vehicles be driven. To take precaution against any car accidents due to certain misinter predation of the traffic rules in Myanmar it is recommended to rerain from self driving.

Foreign Exchange

28. Myanmar currency can be exchanged at the official rates quoted by authorized Foreign Exchange Counters at the international gateways or at the Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank.

29. Any illegal Foreign Exchange transaction is punishable by law in Myanmar.

Contact with Government Agencies

30. Prior permission is required for any meeting with the officials of the government offices in Myanmar.

31. It is advisable to be informed of the procedures, rules and regulation of the tourism and tourism government offices for the facilitation of your travel and during your stay in Myanmar.

Environment Protection

As a responsible tourists for environmental protection contact only those service suppliers in the travel trade sector who are disciplined and follow the code of ethics for travellers. Take care not to litter. Leave only footprints. The natural environment is to be regarded and taken care of as our own residence.

Wildlife Protection

Wildlife and Pastoral Protection are important components in responsible tourism. When travelling to National Parks, Wildlife, Sanctuaries, and Underwater Gardens, guidelines for the protection of the natural environment must be strictly followed by the visitors. Help protect wildlife and endangered species by refusing to collect any such souvenirs. Help toward, the prevention of abuse and exploitation of children and women.86 It is the right of every human being especially children and women to be protected from abuse and exploitation in tourism sexual abuse of children and women is strictly prohibited in ASEAN Countries. Stern Legal action are taken to the sex offenders. The offenders who committed the sexual abuse of children overseas are deported to their home countries to face strict legal aciton against them.

Respect the Culture and Customs

The cultural and traditional norms vary from one region to another and from one country to another. Dress code is important. It is important to dress decently when visiting sacred religious places of worship, Pagodas, temples and monasteries. It is recommended to enquire about the dress code before the visit.When taking photographs or video ask for permission first. Be cautions of the place and time of photographing and seek approval, if required.

Preservation and Conservation of Historical Heritage

Foreign tourists, are permitted to visit only the designated for the sustainability and conservation of historical heritage sites entrance free are being collected.

Economic Impact on the Local Community

The expenditures of the visitors in the tourist destination have positive economic impact on the local community. It is recommended to purchase local products and support the local community. Bargaining is customary in many places but remember to offer a fair price.

Domestic Flight Schedules

There are four major domestic airlines in Myanmar, Myanma Airways, Air Bagan, Yangon Airways and Air Mandalay. Each airline operates different flight schedules depending on different seasons.

Here are a few domestic flights and their schedules

Air Bagan

Our logo, the LOTUS in Myanmar culture symbolizes purity, and the promise of man to aim for the highest within himself. This logo, which will be a focal point of our Corporate Identity, communicates a synthesis of bold, modern entrepreneurial principles, our aim to be the best combined with Myanmar culture, which we believe will be a symbol of achievement for a new era. To contribute towards development of Tourism and Air Transport Industry in Myanmar, offering high quality Customer Service on every flight we operate, as well as produce a fair return on investments. Our current fleet consists of (2) Fokker 100 ,(2) ATR 72,(2) ATR 42 turbo-prop aircraft and (2) Airbus A 310.

[Summer Schedule] [Winter Schedule] [Weekly Schedule]

Air Mandalay

Air Mandalay is a schedule airline, based in Yangon . It operates flights to all major tourist destinations within Myanmar including Bagan, Mandalay , Heho and Ngapali Beach . Air Mandalay has schedule flights from Yangon to Chiang Mai. As an established domestic air line in Myanmar , Air Mandalay offers easy online reservations. Air Mandalay Limited, the first regional joint venture airline in Myanmar, was formed on October 6, 1994. The shareholders are the national carrier Myanma Airways, Air Mandalay Holdings Pte Ltd of Singapore and Premier Airlines Pte Ltd of Malaysia. We currently fly to all major destinations in Myanmar and to Chiang Mai in Thailand.

[Schedule]

Myanma Airways

Myanma Airways is the national airline of Myanmar, based in Yangon. It operates scheduled services to all major domestic destinations. Its main base is Yangon International Airport.

The airline was founded by the government after independence in 1948 as Union of Burma Airways. It initially operated domestic services and international services were added in 1950. The name was changed to Burma Airways in December 1972, and to Myanma Airways on 1 April 1989 following the renaming of the country from Burma to Myanmar. International services were transferred to Myanmar Airways International, set up in 1993.

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