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Visa Requirements

A tourist visa for Myanmar can be obtained from any Myanmar Embassy or Consulate world-wide. Visas are valid for 28 days and can be issued the same day (sometimes within 20 minutes) they are applied for.

Two types of visa are available - the "FIT visa" and the "Package Tour Visa". An "FIT visa" requires the holder to purchase $300 worth of Foreign Exchange Certificates (FEC) upon arrival. Within Myanmar, FEC are interchangeable with US Dollars (FEC1 = US$1) but they cannot be changed back into US Dollars at the end of your stay. If traveling on a "Package Tour Visa" no such FEC purchase is required.

If you have pre-booked your holiday to Myanmar through a Tour Operator, a letter can be obtained from a local agent in Myanmar confirming to the relevant Myanmar Embassy that a "Package Tour Visa" should be issued.

There are Myanmar Embassies in the following countries:

 

Business Visa


Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue, however, applicant can only stay in Myanmar for 10 weeks (extendable). 

REQUIREMENTS


  • An application form along with 3 [three] recent passport size photographs and applicant's passport are needed.
  • A passport valid for 6 [six] months beyond their intended length of stay.
  • For Gems Visa - invitation card is needed. Applicants can ask the consulate for invitation card along with their company letter. However, this Gems Visa is a single entry with only valid for 3 months, and applicants can only stay in Myanmar for 10 weeks.
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    Business Visa Application Form
     

    Tourist Visa


    Visa is valid for 1 month from the date of issue, however, applicant can only stay in Myanmar for 4 weeks (no extendable is allowed).

    REQUIREMENTS


  • An application form along with 3 [three] recent passport size photographs and applicant's passport are needed.
  • A passport valid for 6 [six] months beyond their intended length of stay.
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    Tourist Visa Application Form
     

    Social (Ex-Citizen) Visa


    Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue, however, applicant can only stay in Myanmar for 1 month.

    REQUIREMENTS


  • An application form along with 3 [three] recent passport size photographs and applicant's passport are needed.
  • A passport valid for 6 [six] months beyond their intended length of stay.
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    Social (Ex-Citizen) Visa Application Form
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    Climate & Weather

    The ideal time to visit Myanmar is during the cool season. However, rainfall in Bagan and Mandalay is very low, even in the rainy season.
    Myanmar has three "seasons":

  • Hot Season
  • March to May with average temperatures 30-35 C
  • Rainy Season
  • June to September with average temperatures 25-30 C
  • Cool Season
  • October to February with average temperatures 20-24 C
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    Currency

    The Myanmar currency is known as the"Kyat" (pronounced chat.) While the official exchange rate is about Kyat 6 for US$ 1, this rate is essentially meaningless. The"real"rate is currently about Kyat 350 (Updated: 30/05/2000) for US$ 1.
    Visitors can change their dollars into FEC, and then can change their FEC legally into Kyat at the real"market rate at licensed money changer shops.
    travelers checks are NOT normally accepted and are difficult to transact. travelers are advised to bring US Dollars in cash (small denomination notes). British Pounds, French Francs, German Deutsch Marks and other currencies are difficult to change. Bring US Dollars cash. Major hotels and a few restaurants will accept credit cards.

    The present usable denominations are:

    1 FEC
    1000 Kyats
    500 Kyats
    200 Kyats
    100 Kyats
    90 Kyats
    75 Kyats
    50 Kyats
    45 Kyats
    35 Kyats
    20 Kyats
    10 Kyats
    5 Kyats
    1 Kyats
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    Population

    The population is over 43 million. More than 60% of Myanmar’s population is Bamar (Burmese) and the other major ethnic groups include Kachin, Chin, Shan, Mon, Kayah, Karen and Rakhine.

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    Language

    There are many different ethnic groups in Myanmar, all with their own languages. The majority of people speak Myanmar (Burmese). English is widely understood and the Myanmar people are more than willing to practice their English with you.

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    Religion

    More than 80% of the people of Myanmar are Buddhist. The remainder practice Christianity, Islam, Hinduism or animism.

    The Myanmar are a religious people and hold all persons, places or things associated with religion in much veneration. This is true of Buddhists as well as Christians. Since your tour will take you to many places Buddhist and Christian it is necessary to be informed of modes of dress and behaviour which might cause displeasure or surprise and so should be avoided. On the other hand there is much appreciation when a foreign person is seen to be observing the proper form.

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    Local Time in Myanmar

    Local time is GMT + 6.5 hours. For example on a Monday at midnight inYangon, it will be:

  • New York (Eastern Standard) 1230 hours on Monday
  • London (GMT) 1730 hours on Monday
  • Bangkok 0030 hours on Tuesday
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    Traveling within Myanmar

    The quickest and most comfortable mode of domestic travel is by Air Mandalay which is a truly first-class regional air carrier flying the latest in Atr-72 turbo-prop aircraft. A second international class airline,Yangon Airways, is also operating Atr-72 aircraft. Myanma Airways operate Fokker aircraft throughout the country. trains, ferry boats and buses are all available for those who want to experience local transportation and meet Myanmar people as they travel.

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    Airport Departure Tax

    As is the case at most international airports, there is a departure tax. InYangon, US$6 per person is payable, in either US$ or FEC, for departures on international flights. There are currently no airport taxes for domestic flights.

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    Hotel Accommodation

    Many international class hotels are now open inYangon and Mandalay. Outside these two major cities, accommodation is often"guest-house" standard. However, the warmth of Myanmar’s welcome often compensates for spartan conditions!

  • View Hotel Directory
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    Voltage

    The voltage throughout Myanmar is 220-230 Volts AC. Most of the international class hotels in Yangon have their own generator. However, in other places, voltage varies greatly and power often goes out. Valuable or sensitive electronic equipment like stereos and computers should be protected with the appropriate electronic protection equipment. They are readly available in local electrical shops.

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    Food

    Myanmar food is a cross between Chinese and Indian - with traditional Myanmar curries and soups being the local favorites. Visitors will more commonly be offered Chinese cuisine because it is better suited to the Western palate. However, you can choose Myanmar specialties from menus at international hotels and local restaurants.

  • View Restaurants Directory
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    Communications

    It is now quite easy to make international phone calls, sends faxes and Email at government office, business and hotels. - but the costs are high.
    Central Post office for your letters and post cards.

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    Health Issues

    While no immunizations are formally required, malaria prophylaxis is often recommended by traveler’s personal physicians. Occasionally, typhoid, hepatitis, tetanus and Japanese encephalitis vaccinations are also recommended.
    It is suggested that only bottled or boiled water be drunk. Hotels all supply bottled water as well as a good selection of Asian and Western foods. It is better not to purchase food from street vendors -to eat local food, choose only large, clean and busy restaurants.
    Insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites is partictilarly recommended, especially if you are traveling outsideYangon.
    There are now at least two good international standard medical centers/clinics inYangon. It is strongly recommended that you take out health insurance before traveling to Myanmar.

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    What to Wear

    Rarely is anything more than a short-sleeve shirt or blouse required in Yangon. Up county however, especially in the higher elevations of the Shan State, a light jacket or sweater will be needed during the cooler months.
    Shorts, short skirts or revealing clothing are not appropriate because Myanmar preserves a conservative and largely Buddhist culture. Particularly for temple visits, please dress conservatively.
    It is obligatory to remove shoes and socks for all temple visits in Myanmar. We recommend that visitors wear sandals or shoes which are easy to slip on and off.
    Hats and sunglasses are recommended, and an umbrella for the rainy season is a must. Rainy season days often start out sunny but outbursts of rain can be heavy, even if short and infrequent.

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    Shopping

    Many different arts, crafts and antiques are available throughout Myanmar. Hand crafted lacquerware, mostly produced in Bagan, comes in all shapes and sizes. Embroidered cottons and wood carvings also make good souvenirs.
    Myanmar is of course renowned for its precious stones, particularly rubies. You should only buy from licensed Government shops.

  • View Gems Stores Directory
  • View Art & Craft Stores Directory
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    Public National Holidays
  • January 4 Independence Day
  • July 19 Martyrs’ Day
  • February 12 Union Day
  • July 30 Beginning of Buddhist Lent
  • March 2 Peasant’s Day
  • October 16 Full Moon Festival of lights
  • April 13-17 Thingyan (Water Festival)
  • November 14 Full moon Festival of Lights
  • May 1 May Day (Workers’ Day)
  • December 5 Myanmar National Day
  • May 21 Full Moon Day of Kason
  • December 25 Christmas Day
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    Myanmar Embassies and Missions

    There are Myanmar Embassies in the following countries:


    Australia, Canberra Bangladesh, Dhaka
    Canada, Ottawa People's Republic of China, Beijing
    Czech and Slovak Federal Republic, Prague Egypt, Cairo
    France, Paris Germany, Bonn
    Hong Kong India, New Delhi
    Indonesia, Jakarta Israel, Tel Aviv
    Singapore Italy, Rome
    Sri Lanka, Colombo Japan, Tokyo
    Switzerland, Geneva South Korea, Seoul
    Thailand, Bangkok Laos, Vientiane
    United Kingdom, London Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
    Nepal, Kathmandu United States of America, Washington DC and NewYork
    Pakistan, Islamabad Vietnam, Hanoi
    Philippines, Manila Russian Federation, Moscow
    Yugoslavia, Belgrade Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan
    Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan  

    Australia, Canberra

    Myanmar Embassy
    22 Arkana Street, Yarralumla,
    Canberra, A.C.T 2600 Australia,
    Tel: 2733811,2733751
    Telex: MYANMAR AA 61376
    Fax: 2734357

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    Bangladesh, Dhaka

    Myanmar Embassy
    Chancery No.89(B) Road No,4,
    Banani, Dhaka-13,
    Tel: 601461,601915
    Fax: 88-02-883740
    Telex: 122519 UNIM C
    Fax: 42 2 370646

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    Canada, Ottawa

    Myanmar Embassy
    85 Range Road,
    Apartment No.902903
    The Sandringham.
    Ottawa, Ontario, KIN 816,
    Tel: (613) 232-6446
    Telex: 053-3334

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    People's Republic of China, Beijing

    Myanmar Embassy
    No.6, Dongzhi Men Wa
    Street,ChaoyangDistrict,
    Beijing,
    Tel: 5321584,53521425
    Telex: 085-210416

    Myanmar Consulate-General

    3rd Floor, Building No.3, Camellia Hotel,
    No. 154, East Dong Feng Road, Kunming 650041,
    Yunnan, P.R.C.
    Tel: 3176609
    Telex: 64165 MCGKM CN
    Fax: 86 871 3176309

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    Czech and Slovak Federal Republic, Prague

    Myanmar Embassy

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    Egypt, Cairo

    Myanmar Embassy
    No. 24, Mohamed Mazhar Street,
    Zamalek, Cairo.
    Tel: 34041, 3412644
    Telex: 20957 UMEC UN
    Fax: 202 3416793

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    France, Paris

    Myanmar Embassy
    60,Rue De Couwelles,
    75008 Paris.
    Tel: 4225 5695
    Telex: MYANMAR
    642490 F
    Fax: 4256 4941

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    Germany, Bonn

    Myanmar Embassy
    Schumannstr, 112,5300,
    Bonn 1.
    Tel: (0228) 210091
    Telex: 8869560 MYAN D
    Fax: (0228) 219316

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    Hong Kong

    Myanmar Embassy
    Room 2424,
    Sun Hung Kai Centre,
    30 Habour Road,
    Wanchai.
    Telex: 371504 MYANMA IL
    Fax: 972 3 5493866

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    India, New Delhi

    Myanmar Embassy
    3/50 F, Nyaya Marg,
    Chankyapuri, New
    DelIhi-1 10021
    Tel: 600251,600252
    FAX: 327204
    Telex: 61295 UNIMAR IA

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    Indonesia, Jakarta

    Myanmar Embassy

    09, JL. HAJI AGUS SALIM, MENTENG,
    JAKARTA PUSAT
    Tel:(62 21) 3140 440, (62 21) 327 684
    Fax:(62 21) 327 204
    Email:myanmar@cbn.net.id

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    Israel, Tel Aviv

    Myanmar Embassy
    No. 12, Zalman Schneer
    Street,Ramat Hasharon
    47239, Tel Aviv.
    Tel: (03) 5400948

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    Singapore

    Myanmar Embassy

    No. 15,St. Martin's Drive,
    Singapore 1025.
    Tel: 2358763,2358704
    Telex:RS21467 UNIMAR
    Fax: 2355963

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    Italy, Rome

    Myanmar Embassy
    Via Vincenzo Bellino 20,
    Interno 1,00198 Rome
    Tel: 8549374, 8416863
    Telex: 625103 MERM I
    Fax: 8413167

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    Sri Lanka, Colombo

    Myanmar Embassy

    17,Skelton Gardens,
    Colombo 5,
    Tel: 587607,587608
    Telex: 22844 UNIMM CE
    Fax: 580460

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    Japan, Tokyo

    Myanmar Embassy
    8-26, 4 Chome,
    KitaWhinagawa,
    Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140.
    Tel: (03)3441-9291/5
    Telex: MYANMARJ 32289
    Fax: (03) 3447-7394

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    Switzerland, Geneva

    Myanmar Embassy

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    South Korea, Seoul

    Myanmar Embassy
    7323-1,724-1, Hannam
    dong,Yongsan-ku, Seoul.
    Tel: 792-3341,796-9858

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    Thailand, Bangkok

    Myanmar Embassy

    132 Sathorn Nua Road,
    Bangkok 10500.
    Tel: 2337250,234498
    Telex: 20971 MEBT TH
    Fax: (662) 2366898
    Email: mebkk@asianet.co.th

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    Laos, Vientiane

    Myanmar Embassy
    Sok Palaung Road,
    P.O.Box No. (11),Vientiane.
    Tel: (856)(21) 2789
    Telex: 4347 UNIMAR LS
    Fax: 2789

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    United Kingdom, London

    Myanmar Embassy

    19 A Charles Street,
    London WIX 8ER
    Tel: 0207 499 4340, 0207 493 7397
    Telex: UNIMASL K28921
    Fax: 0207 409 7043, 0207 493 9649

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    Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

    Myanmar Embassy
    No. 5, Taman U Thant
    Satu,55000
    Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: 03-24424085
    Telex: MYANMA R 21265
    Fax: (603) 2480049

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    Nepal, Kathmandu

    Myanmar Embassy

    Chakupat, Patan Gate,
    Lalipur, Kathmandu,
    P.O.Box No. 2437.
    Tel: 521788,524788
    Telex: 0891 2396
    MYANMAR NP
    Fax: 977 01 523402

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    United States of America, Washington DC and NewYork

    Myanmar Embassy
    2300 S Street, N.W.
    Washington D.C.20008
    Tel: (202) 332-9044
    Telex: 248310 MYAN UR
    Fax: (202) 332-9046

    Myanmar Consulate General

    New York

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    Pakistan, Islamabad

    Myanmar Embassy

    No. 12/1,Street No. 13,
    Sector F-7/2 Islamabad
    Tel: 822460,210620
    Telex: 54282 MELSL PK
    Fax: 92 51 820123

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    Vietnam, Hanoi

    Myanmar Embassy
    Building No.A-3.Ground
    Floor, VanPhuc,
    Diplomatic Quarter,
    Hanoi.
    Tel: 253369 Fax:84252404
    Telex: 411427 UNYAN VT

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    Philippines, Manila

    Myanmar Embassy
    4th Floor, Basic Petroleum
    Building, 104,Carlos,
    Palancajr. Street, Legaspi
    Village.Makati Metro,
    Manila.
    Tel: 8172373
    Telex: 66017 MYANMARPN
    Fax: 6328175895
    Telex: 267609 MYAN-MAG
    Fax: 071 629 4169

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    Russian Federation, Moscow

    Myanmar Embassy
    41, Ul Gertsena, Moscow
    Tel:291 0534
    Telex: 413403 UMYAN SU
    Fax: 291 01 63

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    Yugoslavia, Belgrade

    Myanmar Embassy
    Kneza Milosa 72,
    Belgrade
    Tel: 645420, 645 128
    Telex: 72769 EMBBUR YU
    Fax: 38 11 644845

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    Nepal, Ktahmandu

    Myanmar Embassy
    CHAKUPAT, PATAN GATE, LALITPUR,
    KATHMANDU, P.O. BOX. 2437
    Tel: (009771) (1) 521788, 524788, 534778
    Fax: (009771) (1) 523402
    Email: emb@myanmar.wlink.com.np

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    Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan

    Myanmar Embassy
    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: (673-2) 450506, (673-2) 450507
    Fax: (673-2) 451008
    Email: myanmar@brunet.bn

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