Myanmar is one of the hidden gems of the world. Located in Southeast Asia, this country has quickly become one of the most beautiful and challenging destinations for tourists around the globe. With staggering temples, rainforest and almost virgin beaches, Myanmar is a great choice for intrepid visitors looking for an exotic vacation. Full of culture, nature and tradition, every corner of Myanmar is a piece of art.
However, in order to fully experience the magnificence of the country it is crucial to prepare your trip in advance by taking some medical precautions. It is surprising to realize how a few easy and affordable measures can improve your trip Myanmar, allowing you to enjoy your vacation safely. When preparing a trip to Myanmar, plan in a visit to your doctor from 4 to 6 weeks before your flight to the country. There you can get information about the compulsory and recommended vaccinations and get preventive tablets to avoid common infections like diarrhea. It is also highly advisable to pack in some altitude sickness medicine, and a considerable dose of preventive malaria tablets, which will minimize the risk of contagion.
Make sure you save some space or antibacterial hand wipes or alcohol based hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol. Water purification tablets and insect repellent can be extremely valuable assets when travelling to remote areas and visiting nature reserves. To protect yourself against excessive sun exposure, do not forget to bring adequate sunscreen, as well as sunglasses and a wide brim hat. Thermal water bottles may come in handy when visiting many areas of the country.
You may also want to bring a minimal first aid kit in order to protect yourself for common incidents. You can include antifungal and antibacterial ointments, antiseptic wound cleanser and aloe based after sun creams, which are used to treat sunburns. Insect bite treatments and bandages are also highly recommended.
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 www.myanmarembassybkk.com.For further information, tips and practicalities about Myanmar, you are always welcome to visit the different embassies and consulates around the world.