Travel Tip

General Information

Visa Information

Starting from 1st October 2014, Myanmar Immigration allow to apply e-Visa for whom travel to Myanmar. The e-Visa will get (28) days to stay in Myanmar and you won’t get the visa extension. If you want to stay more than (28) days, please apply the short visit (tourist) visa at Embassy ( or ) Consulate of Republic of Union of Myanmar in your country before you travel.

For more information please go to www.evisa.moip.gov.mm and information on restricted area go to www.mip.gov.mm.

The following are the information for the e-Visa.

1.You will need the following before you apply:
(a) Your passport validity must have at least (6) months.
(b) You have to attach one color photo (4.8 cm X 3.8 cm) taking during last (3) months.
(c) You will need your visa or master credit card for the payment of USD 50.

2.Visa processing information
(a) Length of stay is (28) days from the date of arrival in Myanmar.
(b) eVisa service is none refundable.
(c) You will receive an email acknowledgement within 1 hour after successful payment.
(d) The processing time is upto (5) working days.
(e) The validity of eVisa approval letter is 90 days from the issued date. If it is expired, entry will be denied.

3.If the applicant has child(ren) under (7) years old on the same passport, you have to put the name of that child, date of birth in the minor section of the application form.

4.The applicant should complete individual personal data whether passenger is FIT or package tour.

5.eVisa is a only valid for a single entry. Re-entry will require a new visa.

6.Currently passengers with eVisa are only permitted to enter via Yangon International Airport. We will announce other port of entry in due course.

7.If the decision is not allowed to entry, you may return by the same flight.

8.Ordinary passport holders from the following countries are giving visa exemption for 14 days-
(a) Laos
(b) Vietnam
(c) Philippines
(d) Cambodia
(e) Indonesia

9.The following (43) countries are granted eVisa for initial –

No. Country Name
1. Australia
2. Bangladesh
3. Belgium
4. Brazil
5. Brunei
6. Cambodia
7. Canada
8. China
9. CZECH
10. Denmark
11. Egypt
12. Finland
13. France
14. Germany
15. India
16. Indonesia
17. Israel
18. Italy
19. Japan
20. Korea, DPR
21. Korea, Republic
22. Kuwait
No. Country Name
23. Laos
24. Malaysia
25. Nepal
26. Netherlands
27. New Zeland
28. Norway
29. Pakistan
30. Philippines
31. Poland
32. Russia
33. Saudi Arabia
34. Serbia
35. Singapore
36. Spain
37. Sri lanka
38. Switzerland
39. Thailand
40. Turkey
41. United Kingdom
42. United State of America
43. Vietnam

10.The following (24) countries have been added from 02/October/2014 :

No. Country Name
1. Argentina
2. Australia
3. Bulgaria
4. Chile
5. Colombia
6. Croatia
7. Cyprus
8. Estonia
9. Greece
10. Hungary
11. Ireland
12. Latvia
No. Country Name
13. Lithuania
14. Luxembourg
15. Malta
16. Mongolia
17. Panama
18. Peru
19. Portugal
20. Romania
21. Slovakia
22. Slovenia
23. Sweden
24. Venezuela

Arrival & Departure Procedure

Arrival Procedure
Step 1 : Fill in disembarkation card before foreigner immigration counters and let officer check your passport, Visa, disembarkation card and your photo will be taken by webcam. Our staff will welcome you with name on placard just in front of Immigration counter and help you through other steps of arrival.

Step 2 : After clearance from Immigration Officer, check the monitors above conveyor belt, with number of your flight so as to collect baggage. There have adequate trolleys near conveyor belt to pick-up your luggage.

Step 3 : Fill in custom declaration form for any electrical goods, jewellery and foreign currencies. If you have nothing to declare pass through green channel and otherwise choose red channel. Put your luggage inside X-Ray inspection machine for investigation by custom officer.

Step 4 : Step through exit of arrival hall, and pick-up point is just on the left side of exit door.

Departure Procedure
Step 1 : Pay airport tax (US1$0) at the airport before entering in to departure hall. This is only applicable to some flights.

Step 2 : At the entrance of departure hall, put your luggage into X-Ray machine and take a body check by the inspection officer.

Step 3 : Show your air tickets, passport and airport tax (some flights) at the airline counter for baggage check-in and take boarding pass.

Step 4 : Fill in embarkation cards at counter in front of airlines and step up to the 1st floor with escalator to Immigration counters. Show your passport and embarkation form at Immigration counter.

Step 5 : Walk through to your gate mentioned in your boarding pass, and pass X-ray for baggage and body-check by custom officers. Now, you are ready for your flight and wait for the announcement of boarding call.

Customs & Immigration

Customs Formalities
Travellers need to declare their expensive items such as foreign currencies (> US$2000), electronic equipment, jewellery, and cameras, recorded with custom declaration at the port of entry. Retain your copy of declaration form and re-check upon your departure. Request receipts for all jewellery and antiques bought from authorized dealers as they have to be shown whenever requested by authorities concerned.

Export of antiques and archaeologically valuable items such as fossils, artefacts, old coils, bronze or brass weights, inscribed stones, historical documents, and all religious images are prohibited.

Duty Free Allowance
Travellers are allowed two cartons of cigarettes or 100 cigars, 1.5 lb of tobacco, 0.5l of perfume or cologne and 2.0 litres of liquors. Yangon International Airport provides duty free shops with reasonable price.

Airport Tax
Airport duty tax is U$ 10 per person payable at counter before check-in to departure hall (applicable to some flights). No charges for domestic’s flights.

Information for Travellers to Myanmar

Currency Exchange
Foreigners are advised to bring enough only cash in US$ dollars in to Myanmar as that is the only foreign currency that can be directly and easily exchanged into local currency with market price. U$ dollars are widely used in Myanmar at hotels, for entrance fees and at souvenir shops. Visa and Master card can use in some hotels and restaurant. But we would like to advice to use in cash. ATM machines are now available in Yangon and Mandalay. Most of the money exchange counters do not accept notes that are torn, dirty, old, badly used, written on or heavily creased. We strongly suggest you exchange your money only at authorized money exchange center at bank or airport. DO not exchange money with street money dealers. Other currency like Euro and Singapore Dollars can be exchanged at money exchange counters.

Telecommunications
Internet connection is provided in most hotels and restaurant in Yangon and Mandalay. You can buy the sim card with 1500 kyats at the Airport and any mobile shop in town. GSM Network is most preferable. IDD call & facsimile services are normally provided by the hotel and it quiet expensive.

Electricity
Standard Voltage in Myanmar is 220-240 Volts with A.C 50 Hz. Standard plug in Myanmar is the British standard flat three pin plugs, and the two-pin plug. The electricity in some tourist destinations incur power cuts or voltage fluctuation, and it is advisable to bring torchlight and adaptor for some electronics goods such as video cameras, laptops as protection Most of the hotels have their own generator for emergency usage.

Time
Myanmar is +6:30 hrs ahead of GMT.

Climate
The climate of Myanmar and other countries in Southeast Asia follows a monsoon
pattern. During the half of the year of the year that the sun’s rays strike directly above the equator, the landmass of Asia is heated more than in the Indian Ocean. This draws moist hot air from over the ocean onto the land, bringing the rains southwest monsoon. When the tilt of the earth brings the direct sunrays south of the equator, the heating of the Indian Ocean draws the cooler dry air of the northeast monsoon from the highlands of Asia across the countries of South and Southeast Asia. As a result, Myanmar has three seasons: the hot season, the rainy season and the cold season. The hot season runs from late February to end of May. At the end of this season, the average monthly temperature reaches over 35°C in many pars of Myanmar. The rainy season starts from the beginning of June to the early of October. By July rains have brought the average temperature down to 29°C in Mandalay and 27°C in Yangon. The cold season is from the middle of October to middle of February. Average annual rainfall varies from about 5000 mm on the coastal region to about 760 mm at Mandalay.

Costume to Wear
Myanmar costumes are simple and very elegant. Traditional dress is called “Longyi” and is very comfortable for Myanmar’s hot climate. Longyi is a woven cloth wrapped around the waist and cover lover part of body without diverge at the middle as a trousers. The most suitable costume to wear is light colour cotton material with sandals or slippers for all year round. Because of hot weather and rains, sandals are more suitable than shoes. Additional clothing of light jerkin or sweaters for winter season, and umbrella or raincoats for rainy season, is adequate for your light travel. Hats and sunglasses are recommended for hot season.In visiting pagodas, shrines or any religious place, it is important to dress decently and abstain from wearing shorts pants or miniskirts. Sandals or slippers are convenient, as all footwear including socks or stockings must be removed before entering pagodas or temples. Ladies should not wear shorts, briefs or braless shirts to religious places.

Things to bring
It is advisable to bring a first-aid kit with you for emergency usa. Insect repellent, sunscreen or UV protection body lotions are a must. Best to bring brand medicine for fever, diarrhea, insect repellent and bandages. Medicine is widely available in all areas but it is safer to use products you know are reliable. Never drink tap water and drink only bottle water. Ice in most large high standard hotels is made from purified water.

Things can be bought in Myanmar at reasonable prices. However, the following items you should be bring with you for emergency usa:

1. Flash Light
2. Sun glasses
3. Sun Cream
4. Sunshade hat
5. Frequently used medicines
6. Sandals
7. Insect repellent
8. Toilet paper

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