Myanmar River Journeys

Before the Cruise

Visa Information What to wear
Currency What to bring
Electricity Traditions
Moblie Phone Vaccination
Myanmar Embassies Abroad Public Holidays
Terms & Conditions

Visa Information

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, disembarkation card on arrival to the Immigration officer at the International Airport (Yangon or Mandalay). Foreign Independent Travellers (FITs) are required to exchange 200 US$ for Foreign Exchange Certificate (F.E.C) on arrival at the counter of Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank (MFTB).

Passport
A valid passport with Entry visa is required for all tourists & businessmen, applicable at Myanmar Embassies and Consulate General Offices abroad. For further details of the embassies click : Myanmar Embassies and Consulate abroad. You can also visit http://www.mofa.gov.mm the official web site of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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.

How to get entry visa to Myanmar

1. Visa on arrival (without pre-arrangement) will be suspended starting from 1st September to until further notice.

2. Only for the client who has no Myanmar embassy in their countries, we can provide Pre-arranged visa on arrival service.

3. We recommend getting Myanmar visa in advance from the Myanmar Embassy abroad.

4. If you want us to provide the pre-arrange visa on arrival service, pls give us the below information

- Full Name as in passport

- Name of father

- Passport Number

- Date of Birth

- Place of Birth

- Passport Issuance & Expiration date (passport must be valid 6 months after arrival!)

- Nationality

- Race

- Religion

- Sex

- Occupation

- Home address

- Reason for visiting Myanmar

- Flights in/ out

- Scanned passport photo or copy of passport page with photo

With this information we will apply for a visa on arrival. In order to be able to process the visa in time we need about 7-14 working days.

After getting the approval letter from the authorities, we will send you a copy of this authorization letter to be presented at the check-in counter of the airline (don't forget airline will not let you board flight).

You are requested to bring with you the copy of the authorization letter, 2 passport size pictures and the amount of 30 USD in cash for the payment of the visa fee on arrival at airport.

Our service fee to arrange a Visa On Arrival: USD 25 / passport.

Note: This fee will be charged whether the application is accepted or not.

For further visa information visit http://www.myanmarvisa.com

Currency

Foreign Currency
oreigners are recommended to bring US Dollars into Myanmar because they are easily exchangeable for Foreign Exchange Certificate (FEC) at authorised money changers, who can also exchange directly into Kyat. Euros may also be exchanged into FEC at authorised money changer. Please be warned that torn, dirty and stained notes might not be able to accepted.

Credit Cards
Only a few restaurants and hotels accept Credit cards, and the service charges may vary from 20 to 40 percent.

Myanmar Currency
Myanmar currency is known as " Kyat " which comprises 100 pyas.

Denomination
Notes : Kyat 1000, Kyat 500, Kyat 200, Kyat 100, Kyat 90, Kyat 50, Kyat 45, Kyat 20, Kyat 15, Kyat 10, Kyat 5, Kyat 1. Coins : Kyat 100, Kyat 50, Kyat 10, Kyat 5, Kyat 1, Pya 50, Pya 25, Pya 10, Pya 5, Pya 1.

Visitors can change their dollars into FEC (Foreign Exchange Certificate which is equal to US Dollars), and then can change their FEC legally into Kyat at the real market rate at licensed money changer shops.

Travellers checks are NOT normally accepted and are difficult to transact. Travellers are advised to bring US Dollars in cash (small denomination notes). British Pounds, French Frances, German Deutsh Marks and other currencies are difficult to change. Bring US Dollars cash.

Electricity

When you plan to bring some electronic devices, make sure that these work with our Domestic power A.C 220 - 250V 50Hz. The Power Line is 440V.

Mobile Phone

Please be noted that Mobile Phones from other countries will not work in Myanmar.

Vaccination

Most traveler will need vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid fever, and polio, as well as medications for malaria prophylaxis and travelers’ diarrhea. Other immunizations may be necessary depending upon the circumstances of the trip and the medical history of the traveler. Insect repellents are recommended, in conjunction with other measures to prevent mosquito bites. All travelers should visit their personal physician 4-8 weeks before your trip. The sun can be remarkably hot and a hat and high-factor block cream is advisable.

What to wear

Light, casual cotton wear because of hot weather A cardigan or light jerkin, when visiting northern Myanmar in the cold season An umbrella during the rainy season Sandals or slippers Quick drying clothes are recommended if you visit during the rainy season or Thingyan The dress code for pagodas and monasteries prescribe decent apparel, no footwear is allowed when visiting pagodas and monasteries.

What to bring

Insect repellent Sun block, sunglasses, hat, umbrella Personal medical kit Note : Most of the necessary goods are available at supermarkets and nearby stores.

Myanmar Traditions and Culture

Although court culture has been extinguished, popular street-level culture is vibrant and thriving. Drama is the mainstay of this culture, and just about any celebration is a good excuse for a pwe (show). Performances may recount Buddhist legends, or be more light-hearted entertainments involving slapstick comedy, dance, ensemble singing or giant puppets. Myanmar music is an integral part of a pwe; it originates from Thai and emphasises rhythm and melody. Instruments are predominantly percussive and include drums, boat-shaped harps, gongs and bamboo flutes. Over 85% of the Myanmar population is Theravada Buddhist. In the Rakhine region, towards Bangladesh, there are many Muslims. Christian missionaries have had some success among hill tribes but many remain staunch animists. The toys of Myanmar are not only for the children but also famous in the world, known as the Marionettes (or) Puppets of Myanmar. Its a combination of Myanmar Art and Culture, together to show the inner expressions of the Myanmar people. Myanmar also have festivals all around the year, at least one in each month of the year. The most famous festival of Myanmar is the Thingyan Water Festival, which is held from 13 April to 16 April every year.

Myanmar has a long history dating back several thousand years. The traditions and culture of Myanmar as well as the philosophy of life of it's people, the majority of who are Buddhists, has been shaped profoundly by Buddhism. Hence, Myanmar, regardless of their race or ethnic origin, are peace-loving, friendly, generous and hospitable. They also have an innate sense of duty to family, community and country.

In Myanmar, there is a tradition, particularly in the rural areas, of people collectively helping with each other's work and participating in communal activities. People in the village, for example, will collectively help each other in such activities as cultivating and harvesting paddy and other crops, repairing bunds of paddy fields, digging wells, repairing roofs of houses etc.. This age old tradition is called "Let-Sar-Like". It can be translated roughly as " Lending a Hand ".

Public Holidays

4 January Independence Day
12 February Union Day
27 February Full Moon Day of Tabaung
2 March Peasants Day
27 March Armed Forces Day
12 April - 21 April New Year Holidays
13 April - 16 April Thingyan Water Festival
17 April Myanmar New Year Day
27 April Full Moon Day of Kason
1 May May Day
9 July Martyr's Day
26 July Full Moon Day of Waso
23 October Full Moon Day of Thadingyut
21 November Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
1 December National Day
25 December Christmas Day
27 December Kayin New Year Day
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