Myanmar (Burma)

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Destination Information

The changes in Myanmar over recent years have been bewildering. In late 2007, its military junta was widely condemned for a violent crackdown on protests led by Buddhist monks. Then came Cyclone Nargis. After those traumatic events, the country saw the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest and the victory of her pro-democracy party in a largely free election. Alas, such promising developments have now stalled due to the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya people in the Rakhine State and the international opprobrium it has aroused. Today, Myanmar faces steep challenges, and it remains to be seen if this beautiful country will resume a democratic path and if human rights can be restored.

Direct Dial Codes

To phone hotels in Burma, dial 011 (international access) + 95 (Burma code) + city code and local numbers in listings.

Climate

November through February is the coolest and most pleasant period of the year. The summer monsoon generally begins in late May and brings high humidity.

U.S. Embassy

Rangoon, Tel. (95) 1-536-509.

Currency

Kyat (MMK). Fluctuating rate valued at MMK1,517 = US$1.00 as of November 2019. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.

Entry Requirements

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay) and visa. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

Time

10 ½ hours ahead of New York (EST). (Time listed is for DST in the West. Difference is one hour more November to mid-March.)