Tips and recommendations for healthy travel to top destinations
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Burma, also known as Myanmar, is a small country located near Thailand in Southeast Asia.
Top destinations for visitors include the Shwedagon Paya, a golden temple believed to hold relics from Buddha. Inle Lake, a large picturesque lake region is another tourist hotspot. The Ananda Pahto, one of the many notable temples in the Bagan region is a must-see as well.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Burma. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Burma: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, and influenza.
Burma is home to a variety of mosquito-borne diseases including malaria, dengue, Zika and chikungunya. Make sure you’re protected with antimalarials and repellents or netting.
Some other prevalent infections in Burma are avian influenza, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
Make sure you’re protected with Passport Health. Our 250+ clinics have all the vaccines you may need in-stock and ready for your trip. Schedule your appointment by calling or book online now.
Cholera is a serious risk for travelers to Burma, especially those staying with family or traveling to rural areas.
Vaccination is the most reliable protection against cholera. Vaxchora, the only cholera vaccine approved for use in the US, is available at Passport Health locations.
Travelers should always avoid contaminated food and water and frequently wash their hands.
Americans must have a valid passport and visa when entering Burma. Temporary passport holders may be subject to different requirements.
Visa approval generally comes within a few days, and the visa must be used within 3 months of approval. The official approval letter must be presented when entering the country of Burma.
For more information, see our Burma visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Burma has three seasons. The hottest part of the year is between February and May, where it can reach over 100 degrees.
The rainy season is between May and October, with dryer, cooler weather between October and February.
The ideal time to visit Burma is between November and February.
The medical care available in Burma is very limited. Medical training in Burma is rarely up to U.S. standards. If medical help is needed, visitors are often airlifted out of the country. Travel insurance is recommended.
Many pharmaceuticals found in Burma are smuggled goods and should avoided. Travelers should take any pharmaceuticals that they may need with them.
Due to fighting between the Burmese military and some militias within the country, there are several areas that visitors should avoid. This includes Kachin, northern Shan and parts of Rakhine and Chin States.
Burma is relatively safe for visitors in other areas. But, there have been instances where small explosives have gone off in the capital of Rangoon. Visitors need to pay attention to their surroundings at all times.
Crimes against foreigners are uncommon. But, there have been cases of petty theft or robbery, particularly involving taxis. Avoid taxis at night, if at all possible.
In Burma, insulting religion is a prosecutable offense. Be respectful of religious and cultural customs, particularly when images or likenesses of the Buddha are involved.
Same-sex activity is illegal under Burmese law. These laws are rarely enforced. But, there have been instances of assault.
It is also illegal to post derogatory statements on social media. Be conscious of your online activity while visiting Burma.
In Burma, you will be required to show your passport with a valid visa at all airports, train stations, and hotels. Security checkpoints are common outside of tourist areas.
Burma has different temperatures depending on the time of year. Light, airy modest clothing will keep you cool and comfortable during the hottest months.
During the colder months, and in the evenings, a jacket and some extra layers will keep you warm. Be sure to bring a rain jacket and an umbrella if you are visiting during the rainy season.
Because of the humidity and moisture, particularly during the rainy season, Burma is home to mosquitoes that may carry malaria. Antimalarials are highly recommended.
If you find yourself in need of help while traveling in Burma, there is a U.S. embassy in the capital city of Rangoon.
U.S. Embassy to Burma
110 University Ave
Telephone: +(95) (1) 536-509, ext. 4240
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +95 9-512-4330, or +(95) (1) 500-547
Visit the Embassy to Burma website before departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.
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