A valid passport with entry visa is required of all visitors. The entry visa is valid for 28 days starting from the day you enter the country, three month from the date of issue. The international points of entry and exit in 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.
Jewelries, 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 is 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”. While traveling in Myanmar, the most convenient way to pay is with the local currency (Kyat). Most credit cards and travelers’ checks are not accepted and they are not widely used in Myanmar. For this reason, its better bring sufficient cash in US dollars – in small denominations – to last for the duration of your visit and to use at small restaurants and shops. Ensure US dollars are all nice and clean, as old marked notes are not accepted in Myanmar. Visitors are allowed to bring in up to 10,000 USD or equivalent foreign currencies without declaration at the Customs.
There are many supermarkets, hyper marts and departmental stores in larger town areas. The stores offer a variety of consumer products. You can also shop at public market places and usually get good bargains. It is better to bring fresh and clear USD in cash instead of credit cards for personal use. Shopping in Myanmar is value for money.
Myanmar is a country deeply respectful of their religious and cultural traditions. Visitors will not cause offense if they note a few things: Remove shoes and socks before entering religious buildings and compounds. Some monasteries allow food-wear in the compound but not inside the buildings, starting with lowest step! Better make sure first. It is also polite to remove shoes before entering a private home. When handing someone money or a gift use the right hand or both hands with the exception of paying the bill in a teashop or restaurant.
The Myanmar people are generally very helpful and supportive to foreign tourists without expecting anything in return. However, when their assistance is recognized either with a verbal acknowledgement or monetary gesture they are very appreciative.
Myanmar has three seasons. The monsoon or rainy season is from May to October, the cool dry season from November to February, and the hot season from March to May. As the country is large and diverse with many mountainous regions and forests, temperatures vary from region to region. Weather is generally temperate and cool in the north and northeastern parts. During the rainy season, lower Myanmar and coastal areas enjoy heavy rain-showers but it is dry and pleasant in central regions.
The standard electrical current is 220 Volts AC. Areas outside of the major cities may experience power disruptions, but most international hotels have their own generators.