Burma FAQs

ARE VISA’S REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL TO BURMA?
Yes. Most foreign nationals require a visa to enter Burma. You will need to apply for an Evisa prior to travel. The
eVisa generally takes up to 3 days to be issued.
http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/NewApplication.aspx#

DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE IN BURMA
It is a very good idea to purchase travel insurance before travelling to Burma. Ensure you have adequate emergency
evacuation insurance and that your luggage is also adequately insured, especially if you are carrying expensive
equipment such as laptops, cameras, ipads. If you are travelling on one of our Group Tours, Travel Insurance is
compulsory.

I’M A SINGLE TRAVELLER. DO I NEED TO PAY THE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT?
At Incredible Indian Tours, we don’t charge a compulsory single supplement charge for single travellers. On our
group tours we often have 3,4 or even 5 travellers of the same sex travelling independently. If you choose the
sharing option, your tour leader will rotate the single sharers at each new hotel, so you get a new room-mate each
stop. If there is an odd number of single sharers, then someone gets their own room occasionally.
The Single Supplement cost only needs to be paid if you wish to guarantee your own room throughout the tour.

WHAT IS THE INTERNET ACCESS LIKE IN BURMA
Internet access is available in internet cafes and hotels throughout Burma. Most hotels now provide Wifi access.
Smaller towns and villages may have limited access.
If you are carrying your own laptop, or a sim enabled iPad or similar, you can purchase a data sim cards. A
recommended provider is Telenor. If you wish to get a local data sim card, you may need to have a photocopy of
your passport photo page and visa page. You will also need a passport sized photo.

WHAT IS THE PHONE/MOBILE COVERAGE LIKE IN BURMA
Mobile phone coverage is available in most areas in Burma. Ensure global roaming is activated on your phone
before you arrive.
If you wish to get a local sim card, you may need to have a photocopy of your passport photo page and visa page.
You will also need a passport sized photo. A recommended provider is Telenor.

ARE THERE ATMS IN BURMA
Many ATMs are now available in cities and towns. Smaller villages will have very few, so have enough cash to cover
purchases when out of major centres. ATMs in Burma only provide Myanmar Kyats. You cannot withdraw USD from
ATMs in Burma.

CAN I USE MY CREDIT CARD IN BURMA
Credit cards are accepted by most mid-range and above hotels. Mid-range and upmarket tourist restaurants and
medium-to-large shops in tourist areas are also likely to accept credit cards. Smaller shops, cafes, market stalls and
places in remote areas may not accept credit cards, so you will need to ensure you have plenty of cash when you
travel away from the cities.

DO I NEED TO BRING USD TO BURMA
Yes. Other currencies are not accepted in Burma and major purchases such as hotel bills and flight tickets usually
need to be paid in USD. IMPORTANT: Bring only new (later than 2006), unmarked, unbent, untorn notes as USD
currency notes that are not in pristine condition will not be accepted.

SHOULD I BRING TRAVELLERS CHEQUES?
Travellers cheques are hard to come by and exchange these days. You are better off with a travellers money-card
that can access your funds safely from an ATM, although some international cards are not accepted by Burmese
Bank ATMs. Bring most of your spending money in USD (See above).

DO YOU NEED TO TIP IN BURMA?
Tipping room staff, porters, drivers and guides is customary in Burma. While not mandatory, it is a polite way to thank
someone for their service to you. Restaurant bills sometimes include a service charge, but if not, 10% is a standard
tip in good restaurants, whilst in local eateries, rounding up the bill by MMK500-1000 is adequate. Some tipping
guidelines.
Room service 10% of the bill
Hotel staff member bringing something to your room MMK500.
Porters MMK500 per bag brought to your room.
Drivers MMK3000-6000 per day.
Guides MMK3000-6000 for a short guided tour.
Guides MMK8000-10000 per day.

IS WATER SAFE TO DRINK ANYWHERE IN BURMA?
No. Do not drink the water, do not brush your teeth in the water and do not inhale or breath in water in the shower. It
is also a good idea to avoid eating raw salads. Avoid ice in drinks except in more upmarket establishments and peel
fruit before eating.

HOW MUCH TOILET PAPER DO I NEED TO BRING?
Outside of hotels and tourist restaurants, many public toilets you encounter will be squat-style toilets without toilet
paper. Hotels will provide toilet however it is always a good idea to carry a roll with you just in case. You can
purchase toilet paper easily in touristy areas of Burma, so you don’t need to bring more than a roll with you. Don’t
forget to carry hand sanitiser for when you don’t have access to soap and water in some public toilets.

DO I NEED TO PACK A BATHING SUIT?
Sure. An increasing number of hotels in Burma have swimming pools and there are some stunning beaches you
might find yourself relaxing on.

SHOULD I JUST BRING A SMALL CARRY ON BAG?
It depends on where you are travelling and what you like to do when you’re touring a new country. Burma has many
wonderful handicrafts and goods to purchase, so if you think you might be tempted, bring a medium-sized suitcase,
duffle or backpack, pack light (10-15kg) and leave plenty of room for purchases.

IS BRINGING A KINDLE OR IPAD A GOOD IDEA?
There are some long journeys by road in Burma and long waits are airports for flights so reading material is a great
idea to have. Note that roads can be windy and bumpy making reading challenging. Kindles and iPads are ideal as it
means that you don’t have to carry heavy books around. Download some good books on Burma and enjoy reading it
as you experience it.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE. WILL I NEED A WOOL SWEATER?
If you are travelling in Burma between November and February, you will at least require a light sweater or jacket.
December and January can be surprisingly cold and a wool sweater will be useful if you are visiting the hills around
Inle Lake and Kalaw. For the southern parts of Burma (south of Yangon) light clothing and light jackets for will be all
that is required.
Refer to our Weather guidelines in the Country Guidelines in your tour pack that you will receive upon booking.

DO I NEED TO DRESS CONSERVATIVELY?
Yes, Burma is a very conservative country and dressing skimpily will draw unwanted attention to yourself, whether
you are a male or female. Lightweight, loose fitting, long legged clothing is best. Shoulders and knees should always
be covered.

SHOULD I WEAR CLOSED IN SHOES TO PROTECT MY FEET FROM THE DIRT?
In the cooler months, you may want to have closed in shoes because of the weather. In the warmer weather and
areas, you will probably be more comfortable in open sandals or slip-off shoes. Additionally, you will likely find that
you need to take your shoes off regularly when going into shops/temples etc and slip offs are quick and easy.