Besides personal effects, foreign currency exceeding US$ 2000, jewellery, cameras and electronic goods must be declared on the customs forms issued to each arriving visitor. The duty free allowance for each visitor is two bottles of liquor, two cartons of cigarettes or 100 cigars, 1.5 lbs of tobacco and a pint of perfume.


Export permit vouchers must be shown at customs for any gems or jewellery bought in Myanmar. The export of antiques and archaeologically valuable items is prohibited.


Visitors are advised to reconfirm International flights at the airport or downtown airline offices before going upcountry.


The local currency is the “Kyat”. Kyat notes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000.


Casual and light clothing are recommended all year round. A light sweater or jacket will be useful during the cool season, and a heavy sweater when traveling in hilly areas like Shan, Kachin & Chin States. Shorts, short skirts or revealing clothing are not appropriate because Myanmar preserves a conservative and largely Buddhist culture. Particularly for temple visits, please dress conservatively. It is obligatory to remove shoes and socks for all temple visits in Myanmar. We recommend that visitors wear sandals or shoes, which are easy to slip on and off. Hats and sunglasses are recommended, and an umbrella for the rainy season is a must.


Bottled water is recommended. It is not advisable to buy food or fruit from street vendors unless you have a strong stomach. It is also advisable to avoid shrimps, saltwater fish and shellfish during the hot season. Visitors are strongly advised to use a sunscreen as a protection against sunburn. There are pharmacies in all major cities but visitors with a preexisting condition are advised to bring their own medication.


Local time is GMT + 6.5 hours.

Office Hours

Government offices are open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Banks operate from 9:30 am to 3 pm on weekdays. Private companies work from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Shops and shopping centers are open from about 9am to 9pm daily, including holidays.


Hotels have electricity around the clock, with generators to ensure back-up supply. The current is run at 230 volts, 50 hertz AC.

Airport Tax

Airport tax is US$ 10 per head to be paid on departure.


Telephone services are available in all tourist destinations. International roaming for mobile phones is not yet available. Internet and e-mail. Hotels in major destinations offer internet services. There are more than 400 internet cafes, most of which are in Yangon with a few others in such cities as Mandalay, Bago, Pathein and Taunggyi.


Many different arts, crafts and antiques are available throughout Myanmar. Hand crafted lacquer ware, mostly produced in Bagan, available in all shapes and sizes. Embroidered cottons and woodcarvings also make good souvenirs. You are advised to buy gems, jewellery and silverware at the Myanmar Gems Shop and other authorized shops, where you will be given a voucher with a permit for export. Note: Most of the market and shops are closed on Public Holidays.

Public Holidays For Year 2010

January 4 Independence Day
February 12 Union Day
February 27 Full Moon Day of Tabaung
March 2 Peasants’ Day
March 27 Armed Forces Day
April  12 ~ 21 Water Festival & Myanmar New Year Holidays
April 27 Full Moon Day of Kason
May 1 May Day
July 19 Martyrs’ Day
July 26 Full Moon Day of Waso
October 23 Full Moon Day of Thandingyut
November 21 Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
December 1 National Day
December 25 Christmas

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