Myanmar (Burma) Travel Advice and Travel Advisories

Myanmar (Burma) Travel Vaccines and Advice

All travellers who have been won over by Burma will undoubtedly praise the country for its strong identity, architectural style representing many civilizations, and the lifestyle of its welcoming people. Despite its relatively smaller size, Myanmar is incomparable to its neighbours. Full of cultural and historical riches, you will be able to take a journey through Burmese history and culture. You will witness the culture appeal of Burma by visiting Bagan, Shwedagon Paya of Yangon, the royal cities around Mandalay and Yangon and the lakeside villages of Inle Lake. You will be able to relax on southern beaches or participate in more active treks through the jungle and rural Burmese villages. In order to appreciate Myanmar in all its splendour, be sure to visit between December and February when the climate is cooler and dryer.

A bike stroll on the landscapes of Myanmar (Burma)

Recommended travel vaccinations for Myanmar (Burma)

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
Japanese EncephalitisMosquito Bites
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Myanmar (Burma)

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide/DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness
Azithromycin/SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea
Malarone, Doxycycline or MefloquineRecommended anti-malaria medication

Current Weather in Myanmar (Burma)


Medical Care in Myanmar (Burma)

The Burmese health system is ranked among the most failing in the world. The half–century–long military dictatorship has left problems that the current government are still unable to resolve. Access to the most basic care is very limited, and there is a concerning lack of medical personnel. For instance, on average there is one doctor for every 3,400 inhabitants. Doctors Without Borders is the primary provider of primary health care in several remote areas such as Rakhine State.

There is a sharp contrast between the quality of medical facilities in central regions and rural areas. In order to avoid unreliable drugs and treatment, you should ensure to travel with a well-stocked medical kit.

In case of an emergency, dial 192 to get medical assistance.

Is Myanmar (Burma) Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime Risk of inter-communal violence
Areas along the borders with Thailand, China and Laos

Avoid all travel

 Kachin, Rakhine and northern Shan States Areas not recommended
Road safety Travel restricted outside tourist areas; Hazardous driving
Trekking/mountaineering/hiking Risk in remote areas
Public transportation Risk present
Political situation Unstable; Risk of civil unrest
Scuba diving Precautions needed; rented equipment cannot be safe
Swimming Caution needed; No lifeguards
Health Zika virus  and Polio warning
Risk level High degree of caution
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Myanmar (Burma)?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Myanmar (Burma). The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure.

Once approved, the visa should be used within three months. The official approval letter needs to be presented in order to enter Myanmar.

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Embassy of Canada to Myanmar (Burma) information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Embassy to Myanmar (Burma) (YANGON)
Street Address:
9th Floor, Centrepoint Towers,
65 Sule Pagoda Road, Yangon, Myanmar

Tel.: +95 1 384 805
Fax: +95 1 384 806

Email: [email protected]

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Canadian Embassy to Thailand (BANGKOK)
Please note that this is the website for the Canadian Embassy in Thailand.

Street Address:
15th Floor, Abdulrahim Place, 990 Rama IV,
Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500, Thailand

Tel.: +66 0 2646 4300
Fax: +66 0 2646 4345

Email: [email protected]

Please note that this is the website for the Canadian Embassy in Thailand.

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