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Tips and facts – Myanmar (Burma)

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Name of country:

Myanmar but formerly known as Burma








Kyat (pronounced ‘chat’)

Plug types:

Worldwide C, D, F, G

For more information please go here.





International phone code:


Time zone:

UTC +6:30 hours / 4 hours and 30 minutes behind Eastern Standard Summertime in Australia.

Drives on:

Right but with many cars with left hand drives.


Myanmar (Burma) has three seasons: hot (March to May up to 40 degrees in the north), wet (June to September) and cool (October to February). The best time to visit Burma is between the months of November and February because it is drier and cooler but this means there are more tourists. . During the wet season there can be flooding and access can be limited to some areas.

Visa information:

Australian citizens need to obtain a visa prior to arriving in Myanmar (Burma) which you can have processed through your travel agent or online with the embassy. Allow 14 days for the visa to come through. You may need to provide an itinerary and your flight details to the embassy.

Flight times from Australia:

Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane around 10 hours 30 minutes. Adelaide around 9 hours and Perth around 7 hours. Flights often go via Singapore.


It’s a personal decision and there is no obligation to tip. If you wish to show your appreciation for service, meals, a driver, it’s usually around 5% – 10%.

Internet and communication:

Most hotels have internet access albeit sometimes slow. Ensure you have adequate USB ports or chargers. Using a phone in a hotel is expensive. The mobile network is patchy but you can access it via roaming. Sending a letter or postcard is cheap and takes around two weeks for an item to arrive at its destination.


There are mosquito-borne diseases in Myanmar (Burma) such as dengue fever, malaria and Japanese encephalitis. Speak to your doctor about current prophylaxis. To assist, you should wear clothes that covers your arms and legs. A good quality insect repellent is essential.
There are other known diseases including Hepatitis A & B, HIV/AIDS, diphtheria, tuberculosis, typhoid, tetanus and rabies. Speak to a health professional about requirements. Allow at least four weeks if you require a course of vaccinations. Note: If you are seriously ill, you will most probably be evacuated to Bangkok or Singapore.


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