Myanmar Overview

From idyllic beaches on the Bay of Bengal to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan north, Myanmar offers a wealth of scenic beauty, ancient religious monuments, bustling cities and fascinating festivals. A country rich in history and Buddhist tradition, it is also filled with warm, friendly people from an amazing variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. But Myanmar is also a fast-changing country unlike anywhere else on earth: many of the facilities and creature comforts you are used to may be difficult to find; there are ethical and political issues to consider; and it can sometimes be a confusing – even disorientating – place to navigate.


Myanmar requires a visa for all foreigners visiting the country. It is valid for 28 days starting from the day you enter the country, three months from the date of issue. You can obtain a visa from Myanmar Embassies in the various countries. The international points of entry and exit Myanmar are Yangon International Airport and Mandalay International Airport. Show your passport (with valid entry visa) and disembarkation card on arrival to the Immigration officer at the International Airport (Yangon or Mandalay). A valid passport with Entry visa is required for all tourists & businessmen, applicable at any Myanmar Embassies and Consulate General Offices abroad.

Types of Visa

A Tourist Visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendible for an additional 14 days. A Business Visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendible up to 12 months on a case by case basis. Visa on Arrival (Pre Arrange Visa) is granted to Package Tourists who have booked prepaid package tour from one of licensed travel and tour companies. This arrangement requires minimum of two weeks lead time for the tour companies to prepare.

Requirements for Visa Application

Requirements for Tourism Visa Application 1. Passport: valid for more than 6 months. 2. Application for Entry Visa. 3. 1 piece passport size colorful picture, white background. 4. A recommendation letter from employer addressed to: Visa section, Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, give brief description about occupation, purpose of visit, intended arrival and departure dates. Package tour travelers are requested to provide a copy of the package program. 5. Air tickets reservation. 6. Visa fee of 200 RMB for tourist visa payable in cash.


  • The country code is +95, and the internet access code is .mm.
  • Time Zone = MMT (UTC+6:30)
  • International airports are in Yangon and Mandalay.
  • The country is divided into states, divisions, townships, wards and villages.
  • Business Hours is usually from 9am to 5pm for private companies and 9:30-4:30 for government offices. Working days are from Monday through Friday. Public holidays are also included.
  • Major Credit cards are not widely accepted. Cash is always more convenient. National currency is Kyat.
  • Electricity is 200 volts AC, 50Hz.
  • Taxis are available everywhere. There are over 250 Buses lines running through Yangon everyday. For exclusive transport, there are car rental services.
  • Domestic highway bus terminals are Aung-Mingalar and Dagon-Ayeyar, both about 10 miles from downtown Yangon.