Travel Tips and Tricks

Traveler Information

Visas: Valid Passport with Entry Visa is required for all visitors. A Tourist Visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendible for an additional 14 days. A Business Visa allows a stay of 70 days, extendible up to 12 months. Both Tourist Visa and Business Visa can be applied via online at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ with the processing fees 50$ for Tourist and 70$ for Business. Starting from April 2018, 100 countries are eligible to apply for a tourist e-visa with express Visa service within 24 hrs. Please be noted that e-visa is only valid for a single entry. Re-entry will require a new visa.
Visa exemption is valid for Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam passports holders for up to 14 days and Singapore passport holders for up to 30 days.
For special occasions such as cruise tours and chartered flights, Pre-arrangement Visa on Arrival is granted on prior arrangement with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and it can be applied through our company with copies of the passport, scanned photos, occupation and permanent address of the visitors. The process of visa on arrival takes a week or two.

Airport tax: US$10 per person for international departure. It must be paid in hard cash.

Customs formalities on arrival: All foreign currencies in excess of US$2,000, Traveller’s Cheque and jewellery, cameras and electronic goods etc, are to be declared on the customs form upon arrival. Exports of antique and archaeologically valuable items are prohibited which may be checked on departure.

Restricted Areas: Visiting some areas in Myanmar needs to obtain permission from the government for foreign visitors. However, we can arrange permission for where possible in advance on request.

Currency: Myanmar currency is Kyat and most common used denominations are Ks: 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000 & 10000. US Dollars are widely accepted and can be exchanged to Myanmar Kyat. Other major currencies, including EUR, GBP, CHY, SGD, THB are accepted at few money changers and sometime they can have unfavourable exchange rates. Therefore we advise you to bring US Dollars in cash. Please note that money changers/shops/restaurants/hotels only accept pristine USD notes, which are in good condition and ‘new’ looking. Notes with torn off corners, rips or scrawls, stain are not accepted or the exchange rate will not be same as new ones.
Please be noted that Myanmar Kyat can only be exchanged in-country. Should you have a large amount left over, we’d recommend you change it before you leave.

Credit card: Credit cards are not widely used in Myanmar and only accepted at a very few hotels and some shops. Bringing US Dollars in cash is strongly recommended. The exchange of traveler cheques is also very difficult and time consuming. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and all public holidays.
Master card and Visa card holders visiting Myanmar can use their debit and credit cards to withdraw local currency cash from Co-operative Bank ATMs in the country.

Food and Restaurant: Rice is the staple food of Myanmar, typically served with a variety of seasoned meat and vegetables. Burmese cuisine is quite mild in terms of chillies and spices, although it can be quite oily in the restaurants.
There are many good local restaurants with almost the same quality of food and hygiene as hotels at reasonable prices. They serve various dishes of Myanmar, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Western and European (French and Italian) cuisine. There are also restaurants offering Thai, Chinese, European, Italian, Indian and Burmese cuisine.
Street stalls are also available in major cities as Yangon and Mandalay. The choice of food is limited to Burmese and Chinese. Street foods are not recommended for those who can easily get upset stomach.

Water: Never try to drink tap water. Bottled mineral water is safe to drink and is easily available.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations but it is advisable to take precautions against malaria. We strongly advise to bring adequate supplies of prescription medicines with you as such medicines might not be available in Myanmar. It is advisable to bring doctor’s letter to bring a lot of medicines with you. Mosquito repellent and sunblock cream are recommended as Myanmar has tropical climate.

Insurance: Travel insurance is not included in the tour price. We strongly advise to purchase comprehensive travel insurance policy to cover all aspects of the tour at your home country as the extent of insurance coverage in Myanmar varies widely to your country norms and local health care is basic and any seriously injured tourist will require medical evacuations to either Singapore or Bangkok which are extremely costly.

Electricity: The electricity runs 220-230Volts AC.

Clothing: Casual and light clothing are recommended all year round. A light pullover will be useful during the cold season. Warm clothes are necessary when travelling to mountainous regions. Visitors are required to dress decently when visiting in religious places – Ladies should not wear shorts or top wide open blouses. Shoes and socks are to be removed at pagodas and monasteries.

Telecommunication: Myanmar country code for international call is (+95). Mobile phones from some specific countries will work in Myanmar with international roaming. There are currently three mobile service providers in Myanmar; MPT, Ooredoo and Telenor. SIM card that costs 1500 Kyats is widely available in major cities for domestic and international calls. Every mobile phone plan in Myanmar is pre-paid and top up vouchers are easily available everywhere.

Internet: Internet and Wifi services are widely available at hotels and restaurants in major cities and towns. Mobile data is available with SIM card which only costs 1500 Kyats with extra balance for mobile internet.

Business Hour: Government offices run from 09:30 hours to 16:30 hours, banks from 10:00 hours to 15:00 hours from Monday to Friday. Most shops run from 10:00 hours to 17:00 hours. Government offices, banks and offices will be closed on public holidays.

Transportation: We provide air-conditioned cars and coaches where available. Air travel is also commonly used for tours and businesses. Public buses, trains and ferryboats are available throughout the country with minor level of services and comfort. Cruises are available between Mandalay and Bagan.