A passport that is valid for at least one month after the end of your trip is required for both U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter and depart the country. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
Both Canadian and American citizens need a visa to enter Myanmar and need to be arranged before travel. Canadians and American passport holders can apply for an e-visa at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ or through the Myanmar embassy. Due to international sanctions against Myanmar's government, there are no flights between Western countries and Myanmar, most travelers will route through Bangkok or Singapore.
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Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
No vaccinations are currently required to enter Myanmar, although it is strongly recommended to vaccinate against Malaria if visiting rural areas.
It is advised to consult a travel doctor 4-6 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below:
DiphtheriaHepatitis A & BMalariaRabiesTetanusTyphoid
For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage . It is also advised to take iodine tablets to purify water if bottled water is not available. It is also strongly advised to take over-the-counter diarrhea medication. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
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With a tropical monsoon climate Myanmar has three distinctive seasons, hot (March – May), rainy (June – October) and cool (November – February). The best time to travel is during the cool season, but even the rainy season isn’t viewed as a deterrent as not much precipitation occurs in Bagan or Mandalay. Temperatures in mountain regions are generally lower than in others. Regardless of the high rate of rainfall the country still receives a considerable amount of sunshine. We recommend bringing a sweater or wind breaker during the cool months, as Bagan and Inle Lake can be chilly in the morning.
For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.
Light weight clothes with waterproofs are recommended all year round. In higher altitudes however it is best to take slightly warmer clothes, but nothing too heavy.
As a rule shoulders and knees should be covered when entering religious sites.
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Video camera, camera with zoom lens in a dust-resistant case, sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery and charger. Photography is not allowed in certain religious buildings, especially temples. So be sure to ask permission before you take a photo.
Electricity: 220-240volts AC, 50Hz. Three different plug types are used: C – Europlug, E/F European Schuko and D – Indian, all with circular pronged sockets.
It is important that you bring sufficient cash into Myanmar to sustain you throughout your trip, as credit cards are not widely accepted in Myanmar, and ATMs are few and far between. We recommend that you bring crisp, clean $50 and $100 USD notes (no marks or tears, 2006 series or later) to exchange for the local currency. Travelers checks are not accepted. Generally speaking, we advise bringing US$50-100 per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). The Kyat (MMK) is the official currency in Myanmar. The kyat consists of coins 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 kyat and banknotes from 50pya, 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 5000 kyat.
Visa and MasterCard are beginning to be accepted in larger tourist shops and restaurants. Many hotels will not be able to exchange USD but your guide can bring you to a bank or currency exchange office. Bills with small tears or ink spots cannot be exchanged in Myanmar.
Currency: Kyat (MMK)
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +6.5
Calling North America: 001
Emergency numbers in Myanmar: Police 110, Fire 113, Ambulance 199, Fire 19118