Myanmar is one of the most bewitching countries in South East Asia. With its colorful natural spaces and shimmery white beaches, this country presents some of the most plural and enriching destinations in the world. Thanks to their dynamic and deeply spiritual society, the country has recovered from one of the bloodiest genocides in the world without major scars. A visit to Myanmar is an inspirational dive into history, where nature and culture seem to merge in a unified philosophy of life. Although Myanmar is not currently under any particular health threat for tourist, it is crucial to follow a number of preventive measures in order to minimize the risk of disease. The risk to health whilst travelling will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, such as activities carried out in wild areas, the length of your stay and your general health conditions.
It is highly recommended to visit your General Practitioner 6 to 8 weeks in advance, as they will assess your particular health risk before recommending vaccines or anti malaria tablets. They will also inform you about important travel health issues including safe food and water, accidents, sun exposure and insect bites, which are responsible for most of the incidents in South East Asia. To ensure that you have a safe stay in Myanmar, you must be up to date with the required vaccines in your home country. You should also consider vaccinating against Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies. If you are travelling to Myanmar from a country with risk of yellow fever, you will be required to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate in order to prevent a yellow fever outburst in the country. This certificate of yellow fever vaccination is valid for life and has a cost of US$20.
For travellers visiting this country for longer than 4 weeks it is advisable to have a booster dose of a polio containing vaccine if they had not had one in the past twelve months. Do consult your doctor if you have any further questions regarding your trip to Myanmar. If your doctor recommends you a particular medicine or health related item, it is best to purchase them in your home country, as some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination or may have different names or ingredients.
To visit Myanmar, you are required to have a visa and a valid passport with a minimum of six months validity from the time you enter the land. The visa for Myanmar requires an application fee of US$50 and it can be obtained online via Myanmar’s ministry of Immigration and Population website: http://evisa.moip.gov.mm. Once your application is processed and accepted, you will receive an approval letter attached to an official email, which will allow you into the country. The single entry tourist Myanmar visa has a duration of 28 days from arrival, and it is valid for three months. Unlike in other countries of this area, there is no requirement to purchase an onward ticket out of the country in order to enter Myanmar. If you are travelling to South East Asia in the coming weeks and you did not apply for a valid visa on time, it is possible to obtain a short notice visa to Myanmar for US citizens in the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok.For further information, tips and practicalities about Myanmar, you are always welcome to visit the different embassies and consulates around the world.