Airport Taxes

The departure tax for international passengers is US$10 collected at the airport at time of departure.

Baggage

On Domestic flights, passengers are allowed 44 pounds of luggage per person. On International flights, passengers are allowed two pieces of checked luggage. Excess luggage fees will be charged if you check more than the stated allowances, and these charges are your responsibility.  At most major airports, baggage carts are available for your luggage, usually for a small additional fee.

Climate and Clothing

Myanmar has three seasons. *Cool Season - October through February with average temperatures 20-24 C *Hot Season - March through May with average temperatures 30-35 C *Wet Season - June through September with average temperatures 25-30 C The ideal time to visit Myanmar is during the cool season. However, even 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 cold at night from December to February.

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.

Communications

Telephones & fax facilities are available in most hotels in Yangon and Mandalay but charges are quite expensive. E mail facilities are now available at many hotels and local businesses in Yangon and Mandalay.

Important: Mobile Telephones from other countries currently do not operate in Myanmar. Customs will hold your telephone upon arrival and you can collect on your departure.

Currency

We recommend visitors to bring US Dollar in cash only – larger notes receiving a better rate in exchange. Exchange of other foreign currencies such as Euros, Yen and Pounds Sterling are maybe time consuming and difficult. Authorized money changer throughout Myanmar will usually only accept US Dollars. The FEC (Foreign Exchange Currency) used in Myanmar as currency next to the local currency Kyat (pronounced “Chat”) is equal to the US Dollar (1=1) and can easily be used for payment of purchases throughout the country.

Credit Cards are generally not accepted. We suggest to bring a sufficient amount of cash for personal expenses. The exchange of traveler checks may be difficult and time consuming as well. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and all public holidays.

Customs Regulations

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

Electricity

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. Electrical appliances will require an adapter that can change the shape of the plug prongs, as well as an electrical voltage converter that will allow a normal 110-volt American appliance to take the 220 Volt current.

Food and Water

Tap water is not potable in Myanmar. Only drink purified bottle water. Bottled water is readily available and some hotels provide complimentary. 

Throughout most Asian countries including Myanmar, MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) - known locally as 'AJINOMOTO' - is still used in food preparation in most restaurants. For travelers that may be allergic to MSG, you should inform your guide when ordering if you do not wish it to be added to your food.

Health Matters

No inoculations or vaccinations are required unless coming from or passing through an infected area. Travelers 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. 

Holidays

Independence Day - Jan 4th

Union Day - Feb 12th

Fullmoon Day of Tabaund - Mar 1st

Peasant’s Day - Mar 2nd

Armed Forces Day - Mar 27th

Thingyan Festival – Apr

Myanmar New Year – Apr

Fullmoon Day of Kason - Apr 29th

World Workers Day - May 1st

Martyr’s Day - Jul 19th

Beginning of Buddhist Lent - Jul 27th

End of Buddhist Lent - Oct 24th

Tazaundaing Festival - Nov 22nd

National Day - Dec 2nd

Christmas Day - Dec 25th

Passports and Visas

A visa is required in advance for travelers who wish to enter Myanmar. Tourist visa for Myanmar can be obtained from any Myanmar Embassy or Consulate world-wide. A new way to apply for visa is the E-Visa service of the Myanmar government directly via the Internet. Approvals are usually returned per Email within 24 hrs. Travelers who plan to arrive via Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Hong Kong can sometimes obtain their tourist visas within one working day. Tourist visa are valid for a stay of up to 28 days.

Time Difference

Standard Time in Myanmar is 7.5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 12.5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, USA.

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.  On tours with private sightseeing, gratuities of $5-$10 for travel guides, $2-$3 for drivers per person / day is customary.

Transportation

Arrangements for domestic air and ground transportation are included and made by the ground operator. All ground transportation, airport transfers and sightseeing, will be provided via private car and guide. Taxis are available from major hotels and the use of mass public transportation is not recommended.

What to Pack?

Valid Passport. Travelers Checks. Copy of Your Airline Ticket. Mosquitoes repellent. Your Medicines. Departure documents. Travel alarm clock. Camera(s), batteries & films. Sunscreen/Tan lotion.  Pocket size Kleenex. Extra luggage locks/keys. First Aid kit. Soft, foldable slippers. Extra set of eyeglasses. Folding Umbrella.  Comfortable walking shoes.