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Travel Tips

Credit Card

Credit Cards are only accepted at a very few hotels and some shop. We suggest bringing a sufficient amount of cash for personal expenses. The exchange of traveler cheques as well is very difficult and time consuming. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and all public holidays.

Master card holders visiting Myanmar can use their debit and credit cards to withdraw local currency cash from Co-operative Bank automatic teller machines in the country following the launch of services on 15 November 2012.The first withdrawal was made from an ATM at CB bank.


The Myanmar currency is Kyats (pronounced "chats"). The following notes are in circulation 10,000 5000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 90, 50, 45, 20, 15, 10, 5, 1 - also some coins. Please note that US Dollars are widely accepted and can be exchanged to Myanmar Kyat. Other currencies, including Euros, Singapore dollar…etc are accepted or can only be exchanged to Myanmar Kyat or Dollars but sometime it can have a unfavorable exchange rates. Therefore we advise you to bring US Dollars cash. Please note that money changers/shops/restaurants/hotels only accept USD notes, which are in good condition and ‘new’ looking. Notes with torn off corners, rips or scrawls, stain are not accepted.

Customs Regulations

The basic principle of customs policy in Myanmar is that visitors should exit the country with the same goods and personal possessions that they brought in. Any foreign currency exceeding the equivalent of USD 2,000, jewelry, cameras, video cameras, and professional recording equipments should be declared on your customs declaration form upon arrival. Exports of antique and archaeologically valuable items are prohibited.

Foreigners can bring any foreign currency into Myanmar not in excess of US$ 2000 or its equivalent without making a declaration to Customs on arrival. Only gems and jewelries purchased at the licensed dealers, or who can issue an export permit are allowed to be taken out of Myanmar.


An international driving license is accepted. Penalties for motorists that hit a pedestrian are extremely severe, regardless of who was at fault. We therefore strongly recommend that visitors to Myanmar do not attempt to drive.

Food & Beverages


Myanmar´s cusine was mainly influenced by Chinese and Indian cuisine .There are many good restaurants in Yangon, which serve quality food at reasonable prices. There are restaurants offering Thai, Chinese, European, Italian, Indian and Burmese cuisine. Eating at the street restaurants can be a wonderful Asian experience but is not recommended unless an experienced guide has recommended the restaurant. Throughout upcountry Myanmar, the choice of food is limited to Burmese and Chinese. The country has now wines of its own from a vineyard near Taunggyi at Shan State. Imported wines are also available.
Drinking Water

Never try to drink tap water. Purified, bottled water is available everywhere in Myanmar. Only Bottled water is readily available and some Myanmar hotels provide complimentary. You can buy bottled water anywhere in Yangon and Big cities in Myanmar.


There are no compulsory vaccinations but it is advisable to take precautions against malaria - we recommend seeking the advice of your doctor. Prescription drugs are not widely available and visitors should bring any required medication with them. If carrying a lot of medicines, it is advisable to have a doctor's letter stating that medicines are required for personal use. It is advisable to bring plenty of mosquito repellent, particularly for use in the evenings. As Myanmar enjoys a tropical climate, sun block cream is recommended. A spare pair of glasses, if worn, is also advisable.


The extent of insurance coverage in Myanmar varies widely to western norms. It is suggested that visitors consider short-term health and accident policies from your own insurance company prior to leaving home. Local hospital care is basic, any seriously injured tourist will require medical evacuation to either Singapore or Bangkok. As medical evacuations can be extremely costly, we recommend that you take out a comprehensive insurance policy that will cover the costs of a medical evacuation and subsequent medical care.

Post and Communication


Myanmar Postal Service is running throughout the Myanmar country, and also available Local Express Myanmar Postal Parcel Service and Foreign Express Myanmar Postal Parcel Service is also being carried out between Yangon and Singapore, Yangon and Bangkok, Yangon and Korea vice versa. Myanmar DHL Limited, joint venture of Myanmar Communication Service and DHL World-wide.

E-mail and internet

The e-mail services and internet access can be available at limited internet cafes in Yangon and major hotels in big cities.

The country code for international calls is (+95). Myanmar does not have international roaming access, so your mobile phone can‘t work in Myanmar. But Mobile Phone Rental Service Available at Yangon International Airport! Some information are as follow:
Yadanarpon teleport opens a shop at Yangon international airport renting mobile phone handsets and SIM cards to foreign visitors. The shop will offer GSM, CDMA-450, and CDMA-800 SIM cards as well as various handsets. Both require a deposit of US$ 100.00. SIM cards and handsets rental charges will be US$ 2.00 per day. Smartphone handsets will also be available for US$ 4.00 per day. CDMA-800 SIM cards could be used to access the internet. The rental does not include call charges. Those renting a SIM card would need to purchase a top up card, which cost from Kyats 10,000.00 to Kyats 30,000.00.

Restricted Areas

Even though Myanmar has opened most areas of the country to foreign visitors, there are few areas still require government permission. Anyhow New Motion Travels will try to gain permission where possible.

Money Exchange

The Myanmar currency is Kyat (pronounced ‘Chat’). The market rate is round about 800 Kyat for 1 US$ (as for September 2012). US$ can be changed in Kyat and used by everyone. The US$ can also be used. We advised to change the money at airports or any private bank (KBZ, AGD,..etc)the exchange rates are favorable. We strongly recommend to bring along cash US$ also in small denomination with good conditioned. Traveler’s cheque not recommended as these cannot be exchanged at local banks. It is recommended to only change a small amount of US Dollars into the local currency (Kyat) as US Dollars are accepted throughout the country.

International Airport Tax

Departure tax for international flights is US$ 10

Domestic Airport Tax

Departure tax for domestic flights is 1000 Kyats (1.5 US$) in each destination

Myanmar Standard Time

Local time is GMT + 6 1/2 hours


Tipping in Myanmar is much appreciated and practiced widely in addition to the service charge shown in the bill of restaurants and hotels and also to the drivers and boat men. There is no exact limit but depends upon the generosity and the satisfaction of their services.


Myanmar has 220-230 Volts AC.

Business Hour

Government Offices are open from 09.30 hours to 16.30 hours, banks from 10.00 hours to 14.00 hours from Monday to Friday. Shops are usually open from 10.00 hours to 17.00 hours, Tuesday to Sunday. Many museums, shops and markets will be closed on Mondays. In addition, most shops will be closed on public holidays.

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