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Travel advice on Myanmar

Last update: 2 January 2020 - still current

Security situation and recommendations

It is formally not recommended to go:

  • in most of Kachin State and in the north of Shan State, (Kokang region in particular), in the area along the Chinese border and in the area east of Mogok, because of fighting the Burmese army and armed ethnic groups or armed ethnic groups oppose them. The presence of explosive devices has been reported as well as incidents in the Muse, Kutkai, Lashio, Hsipaw and Kyaukme areas;
  • in Kayah State;
  • in northern Kayin (Karen) State;
  • in northern and central Rakhine (Arakan) State, violent clashes with the army occur regularly near the border between Bangladesh and Rakhine State, but also in the center of this State on the roads leading to the regional capital, Sittwe. The northern areas of this regional state, from the township of Maugdaw to the township of Mynbia and Myebon further south, as well as the regional capital, Sittwe, are strongly discouraged. It is also formally advised not to go to the township of Mrauk-U, including to the archaeological site of the same name, because of armed incidents, the presence of explosive devices and the risk of kidnapping;
  • in southwest Chin State, in the border area with Bangladesh, due to the presence of armed groups and reported fighting in the township of Paletwa;
  • in the north of the Sagaing region, bordering India and Kachin State;
  • in areas bordering the northern border of Thailand (on the border of Shan, Kayah and Kayin states), due to the continuing incidents between ethnic armed groups, the military and border guards.

It is strongly recommended that you take the road from Kyaukme to Mogok (Ruby Valley), day and night, due to frequent reports of attacks. The city of Mogok is only accessible subject to the issuance of special permits by the Burmese authorities. The road connecting Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin) to Muse, which passes through Hsipaw and Lashio is formally discouraged.

It is not recommended, except for imperative reason:

  • to go to the cities of Myitkyina and Putao, in the north of Kachin (access by air only).
  • to move around the rest of the Chin State;
  • to travel to the rest of the state, with the exception of the seaside resort of Ngapali and its access by Thandwe airport, which provides access.
  • to travel along the Thai border, from Hpa-An to the far south, with the exception of the seaside resort of Kawthaung, accessible by air from Dawei and Rangoon;
  • to travel to the border area between India and Burma (Sagaing region) due to the presence of armed gangs linked to cross-border traffic.

Before any stay, and once in the country, travelers are strongly advised to inquire about local conditions with a travel agency, and to take note of the access restrictions and the lists of zones and cities where the stay is subject to special authorization by the Burmese authorities. These lists are published on the Burmese Ministry of Hotels and Tourism website .

Formalities to enter and stay in Myanmar

Entry into Myanmar is subject to obtaining a visa. Make sure that your passport has a validity period of at least 6 months after the date of arrival in the country.

Luxembourgers traveling by plane can obtain a tourist visa on arrival for a maximum of 30 days at the airports of Yangon, Mandalya and Nay Pyi Taw from January 1, 2020 until December 31, 2022. The visa is US$ 50. It cannot be extended on site and does not allow you to go to areas prohibited from access for security reasons. The departure from the territory is made by one of the airports mentioned above.

It is also possible to obtain a tourist visa by application at the Myanmar Embassy in Brussels, or electronically on the website: (link is external) . The date of stay is stamped in the passport.

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