Travel to Myanmar

Myanmar: currency, shopping, diseases

The national currency of Myanmar is the kyat = 100 pya

Bank opening hours

  • Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Shop opening times

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 am/9:00 am – 6:00 pm

There are also shops that are open longer.

Cheap or country-specific goods, souvenirs,

precious stones such as jade, rubies, but also pearls can be bought cheaply and easily in Myanmar.

You can buy gemstones in the Yagon Gem Museum, for example.

Lacquer work, which is mainly in the colors red and black, is produced in all possible forms, from smooth boxes to lavishly turned cans. You can buy them in the markets around the pagodas. Lacquer work has a special tradition in the north of the country.


The marionette theater had its heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries. Nowadays the puppets are a very popular souvenir among tourists.


Toys Sagaing is a craft toy center. This is made from wood or paper mache, for example.

Buddhist devotional objects

In the vicinity of the important pagodas there are markets where, for example, Buddha statues, Buddhist offerings, Buddha altars and the like can be found. can buy.

You can also buy artistic arrangements and flower arrangements made from banknotes as offerings.

You can also go shopping in Myanmar:

  • Bells and gongs made of bronze
  • Rattan weaving such as furniture and baskets
  • Sandalwood carvings
  • silk

Tourist office

Myanmar Tourism Promotion Board

Marketing Committee, c/o Traders Hotel, Level 3, Business Center

223 Sule Pagoda Road


Tel: 0095 – 1 – 242 828

Fax: 0095 – 1 – 242 800



Myanmar: entry and exit regulations

Formalities, visas

Tourists are generally allowed to enter the country provided they have a return ticket and sufficient financial means to finance their stay in the country themselves.

But you can also apply for a visa in Bangkok/Thailand.

If you apply for the visa there in the morning, you can usually pick it up in the afternoon.

The embassy is located in the south of the city and is open: Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Visa in Bangkok

Burmese Embassy

132 Sathorn Nua Road


Import and export of foreign currency

  • Local currencyThe national currency may neither be imported nor exported.
  • Foreigncurrencies There are no restrictions for foreigners with regard to the import of foreign currencies.However, the maximum amount that can be re-exported is that stated on entry.Credit cards and travelers checks are difficult to cash and there are hardly any ATMs. It is therefore recommended that you take cash with you in the form of small US dollar bills.

Departure fee

In many countries, a fee must be paid when leaving the country. This fee is 10 US dollars when leaving Myanmar.

Import and export of goods

The import and export of weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited. In addition, the import and export of plants and animals protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is prohibited. Violation can result in severe penalties.

A traveler is allowed to take: two bottles of spirits, two cartons of cigarettes (400 pieces) or 100 cigars and half a liter of perfume.

Pornographic publications may not be introduced.

Myanmar: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations and Warnings

Infectious diseases

In Myanmar, the following infectious diseases, which are not or less common in Germany or Central and Northern Europe, are to be expected:

  • Malaria: With the exception of the cities of Rangoon and Mandalay and with the exception of areas above 1,000 m altitude, there is a high risk of infection all year round.Around 80% to 90% of the infections occur with the very dangerous malaria tropica, the rest with malaria tertiana.
  • Amoebic dysentery
  • Bacterial agitation
  • Chikungunya
  • Cholera– but there is only a risk of infection for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food
  • dengue fever
  • Intestinal infectionsfrom contaminated food or water, including amoeba, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria
  • Filariasis
  • Typhus
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Japan encephalitis
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Polio, polio
  • pest
  • tetanus
  • Rabies: There is an increased risk from numerous stray dogs.
  • Typhoid– but only for travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.

Recommended vaccinations

when traveling to Myanmar, the following vaccinations recommended:

  • Cholera– but among travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
  • Diphtheria– a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Yellow fever
  • Japan encephalitis
  • Polio, polio– vaccination against polio should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Tetanus– a vaccination against tetanus should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Rabies, but only in high-risk travelers who can come into contact with the vector animals.
  • Typhoid– but only for travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.

Malaria prophylaxis

When traveling in the country, it is strongly advised to undergo malaria prophylaxis. However, if the side effects seem questionable to you, you should at least have a “stand-by preparation” with you.

Compulsory vaccination

For all persons older than one year and arriving from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO, there is a compulsory vaccination against an illness with yellow fever.

Warning notices

Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens’ Service

Phone: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 51000

Myanmar: Transportation

How to get to Myanmar

For travelers from Europe, a flight via Bangkok is usually the best connection.

The following airlines fly to Myanmar.

Austrian Airlines, Lauda Air, flies from Vienna and is the only European airline that flies to Myanmar.

Air Mandalay from Chiang Mai in northern Thailand’s

Myanmar Airways International from Bangkok, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Delhi

Phuket Airlines from Bangkok

Mandarin Airlines from Taipei, Taiwan

Biman from Dhaka

Air China from Beijing and Kumming

Indian Airlines from Calcutta

Druk Airlines from Bangkok, Dhaka and Paro

Malaysia Airlines from Kuala Lumpur

Silk Air from Singapore

China Easter Airlines from Kumming

Austrian Airlines, Lauda Air from Vienna

Bangkok Airways Bangkok

Qatar Airways from Doha

Thai Airways International from Bangkok

By land

Overland you can enter the following border crossings:

Thailand: Mae-Sai – Thachilek, Ranong – Kawthoung

However, depending on the political situation, the border crossings may be partially closed, so you should inform yourself in advance.

China: You can enter the Chinese province of Yunnan from China, but you cannot leave Myanmar there!

Travel in the country

Flight connections

Air Bagan

Air Mandalay

Yangon Airways


buses in Myanmar are extremely overcrowded and not up to date with the latest technology. Therefore, bus trips are not for everyone.


The wagons are equipped with benches on the loading area and are a good alternative to buses. You can also rent the pick-ups.


The country has a rail network with a length of approx. 3,950 km.

Express trains run daily from Yangon to Mandalay.

The normal trains are crowded and unreliable.


There are roads with a length of around 28,000 km, of which only around 3,500 km are tarred.


cars Cars can usually only be rented in conjunction with a driver.

Tourists are prohibited from driving a car in the country.

Ferry connections

12,800 km of waterways cross the country. Even today, shipping is an important means of transport for people and people.

The main ports are Rangoon, Sittwe and Moulmein.

The Irrawaddy is navigable all year round to Bhamo and only during the rainy season to Mytkyina. Steamers operate from Yangon to Patheien.

In the 1920s one of the largest steamship fleets in the world was on the route.

International license plate

According to Abbreviationfinder, Myanmar’s international license plate is:


Myanmar: embassies, consulates

Visit Countryaah for a full list of Myanmar embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Representations of Myanmar in Germany

The building of the Embassy of Myanmar – formerly Burma – is located

Embassy of the Union of Myanmar in Berlin

Thielallee 19

14195 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 20 61 57 0

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 20 61 57 20


Web: www.botschaft

German representations in Myanmar

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Rangoon

9 Bogyoke Aung San Museum Road, Bahan Township


11201 Rangoon (Yangon)

Tel: 0095 – 1 – 54 89 51

0095 – 1 – 54 89 52

0095 – 1 – 54 89 53

Fax: 0095 – 1 – 54 88 99



Austrian representations in Myanmar


The embassy in Thailand is responsible.

Representations of Myanmar in Austria


The embassy in Berlin is responsible.

Swiss representations in Myanmar


The embassy in Thailand is responsible .

Swiss Consulate Yangon

79/80, Bahosi Housing Complex

Wardan Street, Lanmadaw Tsp


Tel: 0095 – 1 – 220 225

0095 – 1 – 211 537

0095 – 1 – 211 536

0095 – 1 – 211 547

Fax: 0095 – 1 – 211 540


Myanmar representations in Switzerland


The embassy in Paris is responsible.

Embassy of the Union of Myanmar in Paris

Rue de Courcelles 60

75008 Paris

Tel: 0033 – 1 – 56 88 15 90

Fax: 0033 – 1 – 45 62 13 30


Consulate General of the Union of Myanmar in Geneva

Avenue Blanc 47

1202 Geneva

Tel: 0041 – (0) 22 – 906 98 70

0041 – (0) 22 – 906 98 71

Fax: 0041 – (0) 22 – 732 89 19

Email: myanmargeneva @


Travel to Myanmar