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Airport tax

Any passengers departing Myanmar on international flights will need to pay USD 10 per person the prevailing rate.

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Climate and Weather

Cool Season  -October to February with average temperatures 20-24 C

Hot Season -March to May with average temperatures 30-35 C

Wet Season-June to September with average temperatures 25-30C

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 very cold at night from December to February.

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Credit Cards

Credit Cards can be used in Myanmar Now both visa card and master card. There is ATM machince at the airport where you can withdraw money in Kyats. Hotels, airlines, some international shops and restaurants  accept credit cards. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and all public holidays.

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Currency

US Dollars are recommended to bring by cash-small denomination notes are preferable and are easily exchangeable for Kyats. Other Foreign Currencies such as Euros, Yen and pounds sterling can only be exchanged into Kyats at the bank at Yangon International Airport on arrival.

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Domestic Airlines & Flights

Privately operated airlines flying throughout Myanmar are Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Asian Wings, Air Bagan,Mann Yandanarpon Airline and Air Kanbawza. .One person can only bring 20 kilo for baggage and excess baggage fees may be charged.

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Drinking Water

For advice, drink only purified bottle water. There are many brands of bottled water. Carry a bottle with you along the day.

 

Duty Free Allowance

One person is allowed to bring two bottles of liquor, two cartons of cigarettes for 100 cigars and half litre of perfume. Yangon Airport arrival hall has the duty free shops with a full range of items at  the suitable prices.

 

Festivals

You should arrange your trip 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. Click on our  Seasonal Festival link for the latest events.

 

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.

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Health

No inoculation 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.Most of the Asian countries including Myanmar  MSG(Monosodium Glutamate) - known locally as "AJIMONOTO" - is still used in food preparation in some restaurants. Some travelers 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 ot inform your guide when ordering if you do not wish it to be added to your food.

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Immigration and Customs Formalities

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

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Insurance

All clients should obtain the necessary personal baggage, medical and accident insurance before arrival. SOS Worldwide has a local representative office in Yangon with a 4 hour on call service for emergency evacuation and medical assistance.

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Language

Myanmar (Burmese) and English are widely used.

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Local Time in Myanmar


GMT + 6.5

Yangon

0700 hours on Monday

GMT -5

New York

1930 hours on Sunday

GMT 0

London

0030 hours on Monday

GMT +1

Paris

0130 hours on Monday

GMT +7

Bangkok

0730 hours on Monday

GMT +8

Hong Kong

0830 hours on Monday

GMT +10

Sydney

1030 hours on Monday

 

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International Roaming Outbound

Operator (37)

No Country Operator
1 THAILAND TRUEMOVE / DTAC
2 SINGAPORE SINGTEL
3 LAOS LAOTEL
4 CAMBODIA CAMGSM
5 VIETNAM VINAPHONE
6 PHILIPPINE GLOBE
7 MALAYSIA MAXIS
8 INDONESIA TELKOMSEL
9 BRUNEI DARUSSALAM B-MOBILE
10 JAPAN NTTDOCOMO
11 KOREA SK Telecom
12 INDIA TATA/Bharti Airtel
13 BANGLADESH GRAMEEPHONE
14 NEPAL N-CELL
15 TAIWAN TAIWAN MOBILE
16 HONG KONG HUTCHISON
17 BELGIUM MOBISTER
18 LUXEMBORG ORANGE
19 ROMANIA ORANGE
20 POLAND ORANGE
21 SPAIN ORANGE
22 SWITZERLAND ORANGE
23 QATAR OOREDOO
24 UNITED KINGDOM T-MOBILE
25 NORWAY TELIA SONERA
26 DENMARK TELIA
27 SWEDEN TELIA
28 MOLDOVA ORANGE
29 FRENCH ORANGE
30 PAPUA NEW GUINEA DIGICEL
31 GERMANY E-PLUS
32 BAHRAIN ViVa
33 OMAN Nawras
34 EGYPT Mobinil
35 RUSSIA MTC

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Entrance Fees

Destinations Taking Fees Places Entrace Zone
(City/Places) collection Collection
Yangon Shwedagon Pagoda 8$
Chaukhtetgyi -
Gems Museum 5$
Zoological Museum 5$
People Park 3$
Bohtataung Zedi 3$
Sule Pagoda 3$
National Race Village 3$
National Museum 5$
Thanlyin Yayle Paya 2$
34$
Mandalay All Places 10$
Tilawka Guru 2$
Mrauk U Chin/Dainet/Mro/Thet
Trible villages 15$ 5$
Bago(Hansawaddy) 10$
Bagan(Aramadanapra) 15$
Salay 3$
Nyaung Shwe Shan Lord Museum 2$
Kalaw Rocket house 5$
Pindaya Shweuhmin Cave 3$
Inle lake 5$
Padaung Shows 4$
Thibaw(Hsipaw) Shan Lord Residence 2$
Taungyi Shan Museum 3$
Kakky Region 15$

Power an d Electricity

Hotels in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan offer 24 hour power. In other more isolated areas like Kyaingtong, the Shan Hills, Kalaw, Pindayak Taunggyi, Nyaung Shwe and Inle Lake - generated power may not always be available. Most Hotel rooms have screens and mosquito nets.

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Religion

Most of the people in Myanmar are Buddhist although Christianity, Islam and Hinduism are also practiced.

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Telecommunications Idd

Most of the hotels offer telephones & fax facilities but charges are quite expensive. WI-Fi Service is now available at almost all the hotels throughout the country.

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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.

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Travelers Cheques

Travelers  Cheques may be very time consuming to transact. You must bring the original purchase agreement for the travelers cheques with you as proof when cashing your cheques.

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Visa Requirements

A visa is required in advance. A tourist visa for Myanmar can be obtained from any Myanmar Embassy or Consulate world-wide or

apply e-visa (link: http:// evisa.moip.gov.mm/noticetotourists.aspx ) Visas are valid for 28 days. Tourist who will be travelling to Myanmar on a Package Tour should present a copy of their comfirmation of travel arrangements when applying for the visa

 

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NATIONS TOWN TEL FAX
AUSTRILA CANBERRA (61-2)6273-3811,6273-3751 (61-2)6273-4357
BRUNEI BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (673-2)450-506,450-507 (673-2)451-008
CAMBODIA PHNOM PENH (855-23)213-663/4 (855-23)213-665
CANADA OTTAWA (1-613)232-6434,232-6446 (1-613)232-6435
CHINA BEIJING (86-10)6532-1584,6532-1425 (86-10)6532-1344
CHINA HONG KONG (852)2827-7929,2827-9843 (852)2827-6597
CHINA KUNMING (86-871)317-6609 (86-871)317-6309
FRANCE PARIS (33-1)4225-5695 (33-1)4256-4941
INDIA NEW DELHI (9211)688-9007,688-9008 (9211)687-7942
INDONESIA JAKARTA (62-21)314-0440,327-684 (62-21)327-204
ISRAEL TEL AVIV (972-3)517-0760,517-0761 (972-3)517-1440
JAPAN TOKYO (81-3)3441-9291-4,3441-9029 (81-3)3447-7394
KOREA SEOUL (82-2)792-3341,796-9858,796-7814 (82-2)796-5570
LAOS VIENTIANE (856-21)314-910,314-911 (856-21)314-913
LEBANON BEIRUT (961-1)485-375/76/77/78/79 (961-1)502-974
MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR (60-3)456-0280,457-0680 (60-3)456-8320
PHILIPPINES MANILA (63-2)817-2373,812-9587 (63-2)817-5895
RUSSIAN FEDERATION MOSCOW (7-95)291-0534 (7-95)956-3186
SINGAPORE SINGAPORE (65)735-0209,735-1672,735-6576 (65)6735-6235
SOUTH AFRICA PRETORIA (27-12)460-6544,460-4333 (27-12)346-0746
SRILANKA COLOMBO (94-1)681197 (94-1)681-196
SWITZERLAND GENEVA (41-22)731-7540,731-7549 (41-22)738-4882
THILAND BANGKOK (66-2)223-2237,234-4698,233-7250 (66-2)236-6898
UK LONDON (44-207)629-6966,499,8841 (44-207)6294169
USA NEW YORK (1-212)535-1310,535-1311 (1-212)237-2421
USA WASHINGTON D.C (1-202)332-9044,332-9049 (1-202)332-9046
VIETNAM HANOI (84-4)845-3369,823-2056 (84-4)845-2404
BANGLADESH DHAKA (88-02)9888903,9896331,9896298,9896373 (88-02)8823740
BRAZIL BRAZIL 00-55-61-3642-747
EGYPT CAIRO (202)7362644,7354176,7351568 (202)7366793
GERMANY BERLIN (004930)2061570 (004930)20615720
ITALY ROME 0039-06-36303753/36304356 0039-06-36298566
NEPAL KATHMANDU (977)(1)5521788,5534766 (977)(1)5523402
NETHERLANDS BREDA 31765654870 31765317327
PAKISATAN ISLAMABAD (0092)(51)2822460,2828828 (0092)(51)2828819

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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.

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