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Before Your Come

Myanmar E-visa Information

Contact info

Tel : (95-67) 431125
Operating hours : Monday to Friday
From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Myanmar Standard Time (GMT+6:30)
Web : http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/index.aspx

Information

  1. Tourist visa issued with eVisa system will be launched at 06:00 on 1st September 2014.
  2. The information of eVisa is on website www.myanmarevisa.gov.mm and the information of restricted area on www.mip.gov.mm.
  3. Can apply as following procedures:(a) Passport validity must have at least (6) months.(b) Have to present one color photo (4 cm X 6 cm) taking during (3) months and return ticket.

    (c) Length of stay is (28) days from the date of arrival in Myanmar.

    (d) Can pay application fee, US$ 50 by using Visa, Master, Credit/ Debit.

    (e) Will not refund whether eVisa is granted or not.

    (f) Will reply the information if we receive application within (1) hour.

    (g) The processing time is maximum (5) working days for granting eVisa or not.

    (h) The validity of eVisa approval letter is (3) months from the issued date. If it is expired, entry will be denied.

  4. If the applicant mentioned children under (7) years old who is accompany with you, have to put the name of that child, date of birth in the minor block of the application form.
  5. The applicant should complete individual personal data whether passenger is FIT or package tour.
  6. Duration of visa validity you can only use single entry. Do not allow to enter again.
  7. For initial, passengers with eVisa are only permitted to enter at Yangon International Airport. Will announce the extended plan on time.
  8. If the decision is not allowed to entry, you may return by the same flight.
  9. Ordinary passport holders from the following countries are giving visa exemption for 14 days-(a) Laos (b) Vietnam(c) Philippines (d) Cambodia(e) Indonesia
  10. Ordinary passport holders from the following countries are giving visa exemption for 30 days
    (a) Singapore
  11. The following (100) countries are granted eVisa:
1. Albania
2. Algeria
3. Argentina
4. Australia
5. Austria
6. Bangladesh
7. Belarus
8. Belgium
9. Bhutan
10. Bolivia
11. Bosnia
12. Brazil
13. Brunei
14. Bulgaria
15. Cambodia
16. Cameroon
17. Canada
18. Chile
19. China
20. Colombia
21. Costa Rica
22. Côte d’Ivoire
23. Croatia
24. Cyprus
25. CZECH
26. Denmark
27. Ecuador
28. Egypt
29. Eritrea
30. Estonia
31. Fiji
32. Finland
33. France
34. Georgia
35. Germany
36. Ghana
37. Greece
38. Guatemala
39. Guinea
40. Hungary
41. Iceland
42. India
43. Indonesia
44. Ireland
45. Israel
46. Italy
47. Jamaica
48. Japan
49. Jordan
50. Kazakhstan
51. Kenya
52. Korea (DPR)
53. Korea (Republic)
54. Kuwait
55. Kyrgyzstan
56. Laos
57. Latvia
58. Lithuania
59. Luxembourg
60. Malaysia
61. Maldives
62. Malta
63. Mauritius
64. Mexico
65. Monaco
66. Mongolia
67. Morocco
68. Nepal
69. Netherland
70. New Zeland
71. Norway
72. Pakistan
73. Panama
74. Peru
75. Philippines
76. Poland
77. Portugal
78. Qatar
79. Romania
80. Russia
81. Saudi Arabia
82. Serbia
83. Singapore
84. Slovakia
85. Slovenia
86. South Africa
87. Spain
88. Sri Lanka
89. Sweden
90. Switzerland
91. Thailand
92. Turkey
93. Uganda
94. Ukraine
95. United Kingdom
96. United States of America
97. Uruguay
98. Uzbekistan
99. Venezuela
100. Vietnam

MYANMAR

Myanmar is the largest country in South-East Asian Peninsular sharing borders with Bangladesh, India, China, Laos & Thailand. It has a total area of 676, 577 sq.km. Myanmar is the name which used by its people to describe their homeland but the British called Burma. It is also known as the Golden Land not only for its golden pagodas but for its rich land and the wealth of its agriculture and natural resources.

CLIMATE

The climate of Myanmar is a tropical climate with three seasons. The rainy season during the south-west monsoon from mid-May to mid-October, the cool season (Winter) from mid-October to mid-February and the hot season (Summer) from mid-February to mid- May. The best time to visit Myanmar is from October to April.

RELIGION

There is 58 million of population in Myanmar and over 80% of them are Theravada Buddhists. The rests are Christians, Muslims, Hindus and some animists.

CULTURE

Myanmar lies on the cross-road of two of the world’s great civilization–China and India, but its culture is neither that of India nor China exclusively, but a blend of both interspersed with Myanmar native traits and characteristics. The people have preserved the traditions of close family ties, respect for the elders, and reverence for Buddhism. Myanmars are contented and cheerful even in the face of adversities and known for their simple hospitality and friendliness.

CUSTOMS

All foreign currencies (above US D 2000), jewelleries, electrical goods and professional video cameras must be declared to the Customs at the Airport. Export of antiques is totally prohibited. Only gems and jewelleries purchased at the licensed dealers, or who can issue an export permit are allowed to be taken out of the country. Visitors may bring in duty free 200 cigarettes, one quart of wine and one pint of perfume.

CURRENCY & EXCHANGE

  • The American dollar and the Euro are the most attractive currency which can be used in the country. As for the other currencies like Thai Bath, Singapore $,…..etc, exchange rate in here is less interesting than elsewhere.
  • Starting from the end of 2011, government allowed the private banks to open

official exchange counter at the airport. We recommend to exchange at the airport as the exchange rate is more than at the black market.

  • We accept payments by preferred credit cards: Visa and MasterCard which involves a foreign currency transaction via a foreign third party handler. Credit Card transaction involves two foreign exchange transactions, i.e conversions from USD to a third currency and then back to USD resulting in a significant transaction cost. Therefore local bank imposes admin charge of 4 % on each credit card transaction.
  • We would like to advise all our guests to bring enough cash in US Dollars

NEW NOTE

For your trip to Myanmar. Bank notes that are “CB” numbers, discoloured, old or slightly damaged and small head are not accepted. It is advisable to bring good quality notes in order to avoid any acceptability challenges. We do not accept Travellers Cheque.

CASH with DRAWAL at CB’s ATM by MASTERCARD in MYANMAR

Mastercard holders can use their debit and credit cards to withdraw cash in Myanmar Kyats from Co-operative Bank automatic teller machines in Myanmar. Tourists and business travellers with a MasterCard-, Maestro- or Cirrus-branded card could use them to withdraw kyat from 36 Co-operative Bank ATMs nationally, including two at Yangon International Airport.

CASH with DRAWAL at KBZ’S ATM by VISA CARD in MYANMAR

Starting from 21 December 2012, Visa Card Holders can withdraw cash in Myanmar Kyats from Kanbawza Bank ATM. Each card can withdraw 300,000 kyats a time and total of 1,000,000 kyats a day can be withdrew within a day.

TIME

GMT + 6 1/2 hours

ELECTRICITY

220 VOLT 50 HZ

TRANSPORTATION

Domestic air services have greatly improved over recent years. However, railways, bus and steamer services are still need for improvement for the convenience of the visitors. The clients of KINNARI TRAVELS will travel by reliable Private Airlines and by airconditioned vehicles. In remote areas, air-conditioned car or bus may not always be available and travelers should be advised that the conditions of roads in Myanmar are not the same. For this reason, long distance travel usually takes longer than that might be expected.

BAGGAGE

Baggage allowance on domestic flights is limited to 20 kg. Excess luggage will charge US$ 2/kg but one golf set per person is not chargeable. Moreover you can leave the extra baggage in Yangon and collect it end of the trip.

SHOPPING

Myanmar arts and crafts, mostly pure hand-made, are best souvenirs and prices are very reasonable. Lacquerware, wood and ivory carvings, tapestries, silverware, brassware, silk and cotton fabrics and shoulder-bags are some of the favourite items. For jewellery, there are Myanmar rubies, sapphires, jade and pearls available at Myanmar gems shops. All gems and jewellery purchased should be made through the government licensed dealers, who can give a voucher for export.

WHAT TO WEAR

Light clothing is required all year-round, but a sweater or jacket may be needed in hilly areas, especially during winter months. If visiting during rainy season (May – September) an umbrella or raincoat will be required. It is required to dress decently within the precincts of religious buildings. Shoes and socks must be removed at pagodas and monasteries. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Disregarding these rules will seriously cause cultural and religious offence to the devout Myanmar people.

OTHER ADVICES

Travelers are advised to keep away from those who may approach them to exchange foreign currency or to sell gems of dubious quality. Travelers are also advised not to drink tap water, purified bottled water is available everywhere.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is advisable to purchase travel insurance for comprehensive protection against travelling overseas to protect of accidental / medical expenses / baggage losses.

AIRPORT TAX

Yangon International airport tax is US $ 15 and 2000 Kyats for domestic flights.

VACCINATION

Not required unless you are coming from an infected area.

HEALTH

The same precautions as anywhere else, drink only bottled water. Do not eat raw vegetables: only eat fruits that you can peel or cut yourself. Beware of eating food from street stalls. Use insect repellent when necessary and use sunscreen liberally when exposed to the intense, tropical sun.

INTERNATIONAL ROAMING SERVICES

Orange and Myanmar Post & Telecommunication signed a treaty of roaming. The customers of orange can use therefore phones them portable in Burma.

INTERNATIONAL ROAMING SERVICES

Orange and Myanmar Posts & Telecommunications signed a roaming agreement connecting Myanmar’s mobile telecoms network to the rest of the world.

Thanks to this milestone partnership, travelers from a large proportion of countries in the world can use roaming services in Myanmar, enabling them to stay in contact with their friends, families or business contacts back home. At the same time, MPT’s mobile customers travelling abroad are also benefit from improved international connectivity allowing them to use their mobiles while in other countries.

This partnership allows Myanmar Posts & Telecommunications to rapidly deploy a roaming solution covering 150 countries that meets international GSM standards.

Cultural Difference

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Cultural Difference

Men and Women

Unlike many western countries, men and women’s status in Myanmar are not same. Although Burmese women enjoy equal legal rights with men, men have a higher religious status. As a result, women are prohibited from certain areas of religious buildings such as the small platform that allows you to touch Golden Rock, some areas of Shwedagon Pagoda and so forth.

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Clothing

Myanmar clothing is quite different from clothing in other parts of the world, so it can come as quite a surprise to unprepared tourists to see most men and women dressed in Longyi, a sheet of cloth worn as a long skirt. It is important to remember that in most religious sites like Shwedagon, a dress policy is implemented for both genders. You are not allowed to wear casual clothes, meaning knees and shoulders must be covered. Myanmar people are very proud of their traditional dress (and rightly so, it’s beautiful!).

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Cultural Difference

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Cultural Difference

Food And Drink

Myanmar’s food and drinks are different and, generally, very delicious.  Savoury dishes can tend to be slightly too oily or sweet for foreign tastes, but they smell and taste extremely good. Tea has an enormous place in the cultural heart of the country. It is used not only as a drink, but also as a food in Laphet Thoke (tea-leaf salad), a slightly bitter but truly delicious dish made using tea leaves, sesame seeds, fried peas, garlic, dried shrimp and peanuts. Tea shops are also popular and it is common practice to have a drink at one each day with friends and catch up. Betel nuts are the second staple of Myanmar food, and are consumed at a remarkable speed by Myanmar men. 

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RELIGION AND BELIEF

Although there are many religions present in Myanmar, more than 80% of people identify as Buddhist. In Buddhism, there are five main precepts that should be practiced daily by believers: not to kill, steal, lie, drink alcohol, and commit adultery. The ultimate aim in life according to Buddhist belief is to escape the cycle of rebirth and reach Nirvana. Moreover, astrology, palmistry and clairvoyance still play a major part in the lives of Myanmar people.

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Cultural Difference

Dos & Don'ts

The Myanmar People are friendly, helpful and polite

The Myanmar People are friendly, helpful and polite

Respect the Myanmar people and their unique traditions

Respect the Myanmar people and their unique traditions Respect the Myanmar people and their unique traditions

Don't take any photos that may make people feel embarassed

Don't take any photos that may make people feel embarassed

Do smile

Do smile

Don't point with your foot

Don't point with your foot

Wear decent clothes when visiting religious sites

Wear decent clothes when visiting religious sites

Don't tuck away your feet

Don't tuck away your feet

Don't touch anyone on the head

Don't touch anyone on the head

Please learn the basic words in Myanmar language

Please learn the basic words in Myanmar language

Women travelers are very safe in Myanmar

Women travelers are very safe in Myanmar

Don't kiss in public

Don't kiss in public

Don't disturb people praying or meditating

Don't disturb people praying or meditating

Calling with your finger up means calling for a challenge

Calling with your finger up means calling for a challenge

Please learn the local customs before visiting ethnic minority villages

Please learn the local customs before visiting ethnic minority villages

Do try Myanmar traditional transport facilities. It's sustainable and benefits the locals

Do try Myanmar traditional transport facilities. It's sustainable and benefits the locals

Visitors may experience electricity outages

Visitors may experience electricity outages

Don't touch the robe of a monk

Don't touch the robe of a monk

Spread your wealth, use your money wisely

Spread your wealth, use your money wisely

Myanmar is a cultural destination

Myanmar is a cultural destination

Myanmar currency should be exchanged at the official exchange counters and banks

Myanmar currency should be exchanged at the official exchange counters and banks

If tourists wish to help the people of Myanmar, they should consider creative ways to contribute to communities, not to individuals

If tourists wish to help the people of Myanmar, they should consider creative ways to contribute to communities, not to individuals

Giving money or sweets to children is not advisable

Giving money or sweets to children is not advisable

Myanmar people are delighted when tourists participate in their festivals

Myanmar people are delighted when tourists participate in their festivals

Using drugs is illegal in Myanmar

Using drugs is illegal in Myanmar

Help protect Myanmar wildlife by refusing to purchase wildlife products

Help protect Myanmar wildlife by refusing to purchase wildlife products

To maintain Myanmar's unique heritage, do not buy antiques. Buy arts and crafts instead.

To maintain Myanmar's unique heritage, do not buy antiques. Buy arts and crafts instead.

Help us keep Myanmar clean

Help us keep Myanmar clean

Practice safe sex

Practice safe sex

Do not go where you are advised not to go

Do not go where you are advised not to go

Relax and enjoy your holiday!

Relax and enjoy your holiday!

Permitted Area

(a) Nay Pyi Taw Council
(b) Kachin State
(1) Permitted Areas
  1. Bhamo Township
  2. Shwegu Township
  3. Mogaung Township
  4. Mohnyin Township
  5. Myit-kyi-na Township
(2) Permitted only in the Downtown Areas
  1. Putao Township
  2. Machanbaw Township
  3. Mansi Township
  4. Momauk Township
  5. Waingmaw Township
(3) The Areas which need to get the Prior Permission
  1. Naung-mon Township
  2. Kawng-lan-hpu Township
  3. Sumprabum Township
  4. Hpakant Township
  5. Tanai Township
  6. Injangyang Township
  7. Chipwi Township
  8. Tsawlaw Township
(c) Kayah State
(1) Permitted Areas
  1. Loi-kaw Township
(2) Permitted only in the Downtown Areas
  1.  Demoso Township    
  2. Hpruso Township
(3) The Areas which need to get the Prior Permission
  1. Shadaw Township
  2. Hpasawng Township
  3. Bawlakhe Township
  4. Mese Township
(d) Kayin State
(1) Permitted Areas
  1. Hpa-an Township
  2. Mya-wady Township
  3. Su-kali Sub-Township
  4. Wal-lae Sub-Township
(2) Permitted only in the Downtown Areas
  1. Kaw-ka-reik Township
  2. Kyone-doe Sub-Township
  3. Hlaingbwe Township
  4. Pai-kyone Sub-Township
  5. Shan-ywa-thit Sub-Township
  6. Thandaunggyi Township
  7. Leiktho Town
  8. Bawgali Town
(3) The Areas which need to get the Prior Permission
  1. Kyain Seikgyi Township
  2. Phayathonsu Town
  3. Kyeikdon Town
  4. Hpa-pun Township
  5. Kamamaung Town
(f) Sagaing Region
(1) Permitted Areas
  1. Sagaing Township
  2. Myinmu Township
  3. Myaung Township
  4. Monywa Township
  5. Chaugn-u Township
  6. Ayadaw Township
  7. Budalin Township
  8. Shewbo Township
  9. Depeyin Township
  10. Ye-u Township
  11. Khin-u Township
  12. Taze Township
  13. Kyunhla Township
  14. Kanbalu Township
  15. Wetlet Township
  16. Katha Township
  17. Indaw Township
  18. Htigyaing Township
  19. Pinlebu Township
  20. Banmauk Township
  21. Kawlin Township
  22. Wuntho Township
  23. Yinmabin Township
  24. Salingyi Township
  25. Pale Township
  26. Kani Township
  27. Kale Township
  28. Kalewa Township
  29. Min-gin Township
  30. Mawlaik Township
  31. Paungbyin Township
  32. Tamu Township
  33. Kani Township
  34. Homalin Township
  35. Leshi Township
  36. Lahe Township
(2)Permitted only in the Downtown Areas
  1. Nanyun Township
(g) Tanintharyi Region
(1) Permitted Areas
  1. Kawthaung Township
    • Khamaukgyi Sub-Township
  2. Dawei Township
    • Myitta Sub-Township
  3. Yebyu Township
    • Kaleinaung Sub-Township
  4. Launglon Township
  5. Thayetchaung Township
  6. Tanintharyi Township
  7. Palaw
    • Palauk Sub-Township
  8. Myeik Township
(2) Permitted only in the Downtown Areas
  1. Bokpyin Township
    • Pyigyimandaing Sub-Township
    • Karathuri Town
  2. Kyunsu Township
(h) Bago Region
(1) Permitted Areas
  1. Bago Township
  2. Daik-U Township
  3. Nyaunglebin Township
  4. Kyauktaga Township
  5. Waw Township
  6. Thanatpin Township
  7. Kawa Township
  8. Taungoo Township
  9. Yedashe Township
  10. Oktwin Township
  11. Phyu Township
  12. Tantabin Township
  13. Kyaukkyi Township
  14. Pyay Township
  15. Paukkaung Township
  16. Thegon Township
  17. Paungde Township
  18. Shwedaung Township
  19. Padaung Township
  20. Tharrawaddy Township
  21. Letpadan Township
  22. Minhla Township
  23. Monyo Township
  24. Okpho Township
  25. Gyobingauk Township
  26. Zigon Township
  27. Nattalin Township
(k) Mon State
(1) Permitted Areas
  1. Kyaikto Township
  2. Paung Township
    • Zingyaik Township
    • Mottama Township
  3. Mawlamyine Township
  4. Chaungzon Township
  5. Mudon Township
    • Kamawet Town
(2) Permitted only in the Downtown Areas
  1. Bilin Township
  2. Thaton Township
  3. Ye Township
(3) The Areas which need to get the Prior Permission
  1. Kyaikmaraw Town
  2. Thanbyuzayat Town
(n) Shan State
(1) Permitted Areas
  1. Taunggyi Township
  2. Kalaw Township
  3. Nyaungshwe Township
  4. Hopong Township
  5. His Hseng Township
  6. Pinlaung Township
  7. Pekon Township
  8. Ywangan Township
  9. Pindaya Township
  10. Muse Township
  11. Namhkam Township
  12. Kutkhaing Township
  13. Hopang Township
    • Panlong Town
  14. Kyaingtong Township
  15. Mong Khet Township
  16. Mong Yang Township
  17. Mong Ping Township
  18. Tachileik Township
  19. Mong Hpayak Township
  20. Mong Yawng Township
(2) Permitted only in the Downtown Areas
  1. Yatsawk Township
  2. Loilen Township
    • Pinlon Town
  3. Namhsan Township
    • Kholan Sub-Township
  4. Kunhing Township
    • Ka-li Town
  5. Lecha Township
  6. Linke Township
  7. Moenel Township
  8. Lashio Township
  9. Thein-ni Township
  10. Tangyan Township
  11. Konglong Township
  12. Mineyal Township
  13. Kyaukme Township
  14. Hsipaw Township
  15. Naungcho Township
  16. Namtu Township
  17. Nansang Township
  18. Moemate Township
  19. Mabein Township
  20. Minesat Township
  21. Minetong Township
  22. Matmann Township
(3) The Areas which need to get the Prior Permission
  1. Kyay-thee Township
  2. Mai-kai Township
  3. Mai-shu Township
  4. Mai-pan Township
  5. Mauk-mae Township
  6. Manton Township
  7. Lauk-kaing Township
  8. Kone-kyan Township
  9. Mong-la Township
  10. Nar-phan Township
  11. Pan-wine Township
  12. Pan-sann (Pan-khan) Township
  13. Mai-maw Township
(o) Ayeyarwaddy Region
(1) Permitted Areas
  1. Pathein Township
    • Shwe-thaung-yan Town
    • Ngwesaung Township
  2. Kangyi daunk Township
  3. Thabaung Township
  4. Ngapudaw Township
    • Ngayokekaung Township
    • Hai-gyi-kyun Town
  5. Kyonpyaw Township
    • Antaung Town
  6. Yekyi Township
    • Ngathaingchaung Town
    • Ahthoke Town
  7. Kyaunggon Township
  8. Hinthada Township
  9. Zalun Township
  10. Lemyethna Township
  11. Myanaung Township
  12. Kyangin Township
  13. Ingapu Township
    • Tugyi Town
  14. Myaungmya Township
  15. Einme Township
  16. Wakema Township
    • Kyonmanage Township
  17. Maubin Township
  18. Pantanaw Township
  19. Nyaungdon Township
  20. Danubyu Township
  21. Phapon Township
    • Ahmar Town
  22. Bogale Township
  23. Kyaiklat Township
  24. Dedaye Township
  25. Labutta Township
    • Pyinsalu Town
  26. Mawlamyinegyun Township