Myanmar Travel Tips
Do I need a visa? How far in advance should I apply for my visa? Can I get them in advance or onsite?
Yes, you will need a Myanmar visa and we highly recommend that you obtain your visa two month priors to departure. Recently, the Myanmar government has been issuing visas on arrival. We highly recommend that you get your visas prior to departure to ensure no delays at custom checkpoints.
How do I get a Myanmar visa?
No matter what passport you have, we strongly suggest getting your visa in advance with a visa agency who will process your visa application on your behalf for a fixed fee beyond the cost of the visa itself. Paying this fee is almost always worth the hassle and time saved over arranging a visa yourself, and your visa application may be processed quicker and more efficiently.
What is the currency in Myanmar?
The local currency in Myanmar is the kyat (pronounced “chat”). The official exchange rate fluctuates, so your best bet is to check online. (As of this writing, US$1.00=1340 kyats.) Currencies you may exchange are: US dollars, Hong Kong dollars, Pounds Sterling, Malaysian dollars, Euros and Australian dollars.
At home my cash gets all wrinkled and folded. That’s ok, right?
Oddly, no. Myanmar banks and money exchangers will only take American bills in perfect condition. American money needs to be mint: crisp and clean with no rips, folds, water marks or pen marks.
Can we use our credit cards at the hotels?
Many hotels in Myanmar accept credit cards.
What’s the electrical voltage in Myanmar?
The voltage in Myanmar is 230 volts and the frequency is 50 Hz. The plugs that will work at the hotels are C,D,F and G. Many hotels have multi-purpose outlets that can take Australian 3-pin plugs. For laptops and phones, a simple plug adaptor should be sufficient.
What airlines fly to Yangon?
Airlines that land in Yangon, please see the link below. Flights arrive in Yangon direct from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and many other destinations.
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