Myanmar - Travel Preparation

Visa Information
Myanmar requires a visa for all foreigners visiting the country. The entry visa 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. A Tourist Visa allows a stay of 28 days. A Business Visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendible up to 12 months on a case by case basis.

Visa on Arrival (VOA)
Visa on Arrival is granted only to packaged cruise liner and chartered flight tourists; and to packaged tour groups from places where there are no Myanmar representation. Visa on Arrival is applicable only through licensed travel agencies registered in Myanmar. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will endorse to the Immigration authorities on case by case basis.

Health & 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.

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. 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 identification of the insurance company.

Jewelleries, electrical goods and cameras 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.

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.