Information for Travelers
- e-Visa Program
Starting September 1, 2014, the Government of Burma is implementing a new e-Visa program for tourists to Burma. While the program is in its early stages, US Embassy Rangoon encourages American Citizens planning to travel to Burma to continue to apply for tourist visas at the Burmese Embassy of their country of residence.
Each year, thousands of U.S. citizens travel to Burma for tourism, to visit family, and for other reasons. The Consular Office wants your travel to Burma to be safe and practical. The information in this section will help ensure you have a successful trip to or through Burma.
- Country Specific Information Sheet
For comprehensive information about traveling to Burma, please read the State Department’s country specific information Sheet at: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/burma.html.
We urge you to register your trip to Burma with the Consular Office. For an explanation of registration, see our page titled Travel Registration.
- Important Note To All United States Citizens Traveling To Burma
Conflicts between the government and various ethnic minority groups continue in a number of border regions in Burma, and anti-personnel landmines in some border areas pose an additional danger. Occasional fighting between government forces and various rebel groups has occurred in Chin State and Sagaing Division near India and along Burma's Kachin, Shan, Mon, Kayah, and Karen State’s borders with China and Thailand. From time to time, the governments of Burma and Thailand have closed the border between the two nations on short notice. Recent military actions in Kachin State by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Burmese Army have endangered the lives of civilians.
Although many sanctions have recently been lifted, no Burmese bank accepts traveler's checks and Burmese businesses rarely have capabilities to accept credit cards. While several banks in Burma now accept limited Visa or Master Card ATM card withdrawals, we encourage foreign travelers to enter the country with enough cash to cover all expenses, including unexpected ones. Please plan accordingly to ensure a smooth trip.
- Rangoon-Mandalay Highway 24/7 Emergency Telephone number
Call “1880” for police, fire, ambulance, and towing support
- First time in Burma?
The Burmese Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has helpful and entertaining advice.
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Medical Care Information!
Please note that it is currently Dengue Fever season. Dengue is transmitted by mosquito bites, and no vaccine is available to prevent it. More information about dengue and how to prevent it is available at the following link: http://www.cdc.gov/dengue/
Also, there is presently an outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis in Rakhine with more than 100 cases being treated. Japanese Encephalitis is preventable with vaccine. More information about Japanese Encephalitis is available at the following link: http://www.cdc.gov/japaneseencephalitis/.
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Medical Care Information!
Before your trip, the CDC recommends that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. If you have a medical condition, you should also share your travel plans with any doctors you are currently seeing for other medical reasons. Please be advised that medical facilities in Burma are inadequate for even routine medical care. There are few adequately trained medical personnel. In an emergency, you will likely need to be medically evacuated to a hospital outside Burma. Medical evacuation from Burma is expensive; we urge all travelers to secure medical evacuation insurance before coming to Burma.
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