FAQ’s

Myanmar visa
All visitors to Myanmar require a visa and a passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of entry. Tourist visas are issued for a period of 28 days. Consult your nearest Myanmar embassy for full details. For Australians:  http://mecanberra.com.au/visas-page-1 eVisas are now being issued online where you receive a letter and then have your visa issued at the point of entry. This is the easiest way as it can be done on-line without having to send off your passport. www.evisa.moip.gov.mm When on board the aircraft prior to landing you will be required to enter the name of your hotel or tour company on the incoming passenger card so ensure you have the name and address available.

 

 

Myanmar culture
Myanmar is a predominantly Buddhist country and the people are generally devout and conservative. Public displays of intimate affection or kissing are considered inappropriate and should be avoided. Shaking hands is becoming more common and is generally well-received except with monks and nuns. Women should always keep a respectful distance from monks and should not touch them. You should never touch the head of anyone regardless of age as heads are considered to be the holiest part of the body. Do not point to anything with your feet either nor sit with your feet stretching toward someone or the shrines. Check out the amusing visual clip by clicking on “Do and Don’ts in Myanmar” below the FAQs

Useful Burmese words

Hello – min gu lar bar

Thank you – jez you bay

I have already bought it – where bee bee  (to ward off those pesky sales people)

 

Mobiles (cells) and the internet
Check with your service provider before travelling to confirm if global roaming will be available on your mobile (cell) while in Myanmar. You will probably not be able to use your mobile (cell) while in Myanmar. A local SIM card can be bought very cheaply when you arrive in Myanmar for use within Myanmar – mobile usage in Myanmar is very common. You can bring a laptop or other internet device to send emails and accessing the internet. The hotels will give you their password for accessing the internet however thereMobiles and the internet can be problems but mostly it should be OK.

 

Power adaptors
The voltage in Myanmar is 220-230 volts AC. Most of the international hotels have their own generators which are used for blackouts which can be a regular occurrence in Myanmar. In 2014 we experienced this several times but in 2016 all was well so thing are improving rapidly. If this is of concern with regard to your laptop or other appliance, please ensure you have a surge protector for your equipment. You will need an English and an Asian adaptor to be safe. Hotels have English or Asian sockets and commonly a combination of both and sometimes even an Australian socket.

Clothing
Lightweight and quick-dry clothes that provide good coverage of the body are recommended. They will not only protect against the strong sun but also shows respect for the Myanmar culture. Avoid wearing shorts, miniskirts or other revealing clothing, in fact don’t bring them as you will constantly be required to cover yourself up when entering holy sites and it is considered inappropriate and disrespectful generally. You will be required to remove your shoes and socks before entering any holy site so sandals, thongs (jandles, flip-flops etc.) are recommended. It is also considered polite and respectful to remove your shoes when entering homes although socks are generally OK.

When going on the walk in Nyaung Shwe you will need good comfortable walking shoes and to a lesser degree on the train and market day in Yangon and when climbing temples in Bagan.

What will I need to bring with me?
You will need to bring insect repellent, especially for mosquitoes. Also an umbrella if you are travelling during the rainy season. October is the end of the rainy season so be prepared at all times for a sudden unexpected downpour which can happen on the odd occasion. Please ensure you pack a hat, sun glasses and sun protection for your face and body. Also passport photos and a photocopy of your passport in case you need them. Above all bring your smile, open mind and respectful attitude.

Drinking water
Free bottled drinking water is always available and is highly recommended.

Vaccinations
No inoculations or vaccinations are required for Myanmar unless you are travelling from or passing through an infected area. Make an appointment with your health practitioner four to six weeks before your trip and they will be able to provide current advice on health precautions you should take.

Immigration and customs formalities
In addition to a visa, upon arrival in Myanmar you need to declare all valuable items such as jewellery, cameras and electronic equipment on your customs declaration form. It is better to leave any expensive possessions at home if possible. Receipts or vouchers are required on departure for expensive items that you purchased locally such as gems and jewellery.

Travel insurance
We recommend all travellers obtain the necessary personal baggage, medical and accident insurance before visiting Myanmar. (S.O.S) world wide has a local representative office in Yangon with a 24 hour on call service for emergency evacuation and medical assistance.

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