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Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Myanmar? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Naypyidaw
Population:  53.9 million
Currency: Burmese kyat (MMK)
Languages: Burmese
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: MMT (UTC +6:30)

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Myanmar, obtained prior to arrival. Visitors entering the country at Yangon International Airport for tourist stays may apply for a visa online through the Myanmar eVisa website, and must present the approval letter upon entry. Otherwise, apply for a visa through the Embassy of Myanmar or our preferred provider, VisaHQ. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements.

More information about passports & visas.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

Check with your physician about malaria suppressants, and make sure that all of your routine vaccinations are up-to-date. Remember to take along plenty of insect repellant and sunscreen. Medical facilities in Myanmar are very basic. In the event of a medical emergency, it is best to seek treatment in Bangkok, Thailand. Take along all prescription medicine needed for the trip.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

Myanmar is a year-round destination; each season has its pros and cons. October to February has mild temperatures in the 70s and 80s and little rainfall. February to May tends to be dry and very hot, though not unbearable. May to October is the rainy season, though the central part of the country tends to be drier than the coast. 

Tipping

Except in deluxe restaurants, tipping is not expected.

Money

ATMs are not available in small towns and villages  but you may find them at major airports and banks.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

Shop for exquisite lacquerware pieces in the traditional Myanmar color scheme (orange, green, and yellow, handcrafted marionettes, and Myanmar-style embroidered tapestries.

Electricity & Power Adapters

220-240 volts. Plugs C, D, F & G. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. See more information about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.