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Tourists need to take note of a few things to ensure a fun and memorable stay Myanmar. Here are a some things that will help them:

Getting Around in Myanmar

  • Please request a map when you visit the local tourism office.
  • Please ask for directions if you are not sure of your location.
  • Please plan ahead so you can spend a memorable time in Myanmar.
  • Please be careful when crossing the road.
  • Please take precaution when travelling during rainy seasons.
  • Please carry a light bag, to avoid draining your strength as you explore Myanmar.
  • Tourists are requested to wear appropriate clothing. The local people of Myanmar are sentimental about places of religious worship and hence do not appreciate revealing clothes.

Travelling Essentials in Myanmar

  • Travel Brochures/Guide Books/Booklet
  • Passport
  • Visa (Find out more about visa requirements here)
  • Photocopies of travel and personal documents
  • Insect spray
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Torchlight
  • Extra towels and socks to cope with the humid environment

Interacting with the Locals

  • The locals are friendly, helpful and polite.
  • They are always eager to help, as long as you ask politely.
  • The people love to hear you speak their language.
  • They will be delighted if you join them in their celebrations.
  • Please refrain from behaving inappropriately in public.

Did You Know?

  • In Myanmar, the head is the most respected part of the body. Touching someone’s head is considered disrespectful and aggressive.
  • Pointing with your foot is highly discouraged as it is rude to do so. Tuck in your legs when you sit and remember not to let your feet face Buddha shrines.
  • Extending your right hand and holding your forearm with the other when receiving things from the locals is a sign of respect and courtesy.

Protect the Environment

  • To prevent excessive plastic waste in the country, bring your own water container and refill it when you run out of water.
  • Water is scarce in Myanmar. Save water by turning off the tap when not in use.
  • You can return brochures and maps to where you got them from for other tourists to use and help to save paper.
  • Opt for eco-friendly modes of transportation.
  • It is highly discouraged for you to pet or feed animals in wildlife sanctuaries.
  • Visit sanctuaries with experts who can guide you to a safe up-close encounter with wild animals.
  • Refrain from purchasing wildlife-related products.
  • Refrain from consuming the meat of endangered species to battle illegal wildlife trade.
  • Please do not cut or break tree branches in sanctuaries and forests.
  • Please do not throw garbage into waterbodies.

Protect Myanmar’s History and Artefacts

  • Please do not climb the ruins of historical and religious sites.
  • Please ask for permission if you are unsure about entering important areas.
  • Please ask for permission before touching religious or historical items and when you do, please be careful when handling them.
  • Please do not remove any precious artefacts from historical, religious and archaeological sites.
  • Please do not buy protected historical and archaeological artefacts.
  • Please do not accept gifts in the forms of protected artefacts.

Culture and Traditions of Myanmar

  • Please respect the customs of the people.
  • Please be aware of your reactions and comments about their culture.
  • Please ask for permission before you take any photos in case there is a religious programme on.
  • Please refrain from using flash when you take photos of people conducting religious rituals.
  • Please dress decently and remove your shoes and socks when visiting religious sites as a form of respect.
  • Please understand the traditions and culture of a region or state so that you can display appropriate behaviour when you travel to the area.
  • Please note that it is disrespectful to touch the monks.

Places in Myanmar that require Prior Permission

Region/State Permission needed in remote areas Permission needed in entire areas
Nay Pyi Taw Region

Presidential House

Hlutaw Area

Restricted areas of Myanmar’s Army

Restricted areas of respective Ministry’s Project

Kachin State

Putao Township

Machanbaw Township

Mansi Township

Momauk Township

Waingmaw Township

Carmine Township

Naungmoon Township

Khaunglanphoo Township

Sumprabum Township

Phakant Township

Tanaing Township

Ingyanyan Township

Chiphwe Township

Hsotlaw Township

Lweljel Township

Dotphoneyan Township

Sadong Township

Kanpikete Township

Pannsndin Township

Shinvweyan Township

Panwah Township

Kayah State

Parsaung Township

Bawlakhe Township

Meisi Township

Dimawso Township



Shardaw Township



Kayin State










Kyondoe Township

Paingkyon Township

Leiktho Township

Bawgali Township

Payarthonezu Township

Kamamaung Township

Kyarinseikkyi Township

Kyaidon Township

Pharpon Township

Hlaingbwe Township

Shanywathit Township

Sukali Township

Wallaymyaing Township

Thandaunggyi Township

Kawkareik Township

Chin State    Patlatwa Township
Sagaing Region Nanyun Township Banmauk Township
Tanintharyi Division

Bokepyin Township

Pyigyimandaing Town

Karathuri Town

Kyunsu Township


Kamaukgyi Township
Bago Region Shwegyin Township

Htantapin Township

KyaukGyi Township

Mon State

Ye Township (except Thapyay Village)

Kyaikemaraw Township

Bilin Township

Thaton Town

Thanbyuzayat Township

Rakhine State  

Butheetaung Township

Maungtaw Township

Palattwa Township

Sittwe Township 15 (IDP) Camp 

Yathaetaung Township 15 (IDP) Camp

Pauktaw Township 15 (IDP) Camp

Kyauktaw Township 15 (IDP) Camp

Maypone Township 15 (IDP) Camp

Kyaukphyu Township 15 (IDP) Camp

Yanbwe Township 15 (IDP) Camp

Ponenarkyun Township

Myrukoo Township

Minpyar Township

Yangon Region   Co Co Island
Shan State

Yatsauk Township

Panglong Town

Namhsam Township

Kholan Town

Kunhing Township

Karli Town

Lechar Township

Lashio Township

Theinni Township

Tantyan Township

Kunlon Township

Mineye Township

Kyaukme Township

Hsipaw Township

Naung Hkio Township

Momeik Township

Mabane Township

Makman Township

Namtu Township

Namhsam Township

Mine Tung Township





Kehsi Township

Mongkai Township

Mineshu Township

Minepan Township

Maukme Township

Manton Township

Laukine Township

Kongyan Township

Minelar (Special region – 4)

Naphang (Special region – 2)

Panwine (Special region – 2)

Pansan (Special region – 2)

Minemaw (Special region – 2)

Liolin (Mine Pon) Township

Minenog Township

Minelone Township

Chinshwehaw Township

Hopan Township

Namtic Township

Panlon Township

MawHtike Township

Musae Township

Namkam Township

Kyukkhaing Township

Mankan Township

Minekhat Township

Mineyann(minepouk) Township

Minelarr Township

Minepyinn(tonetar) Township

Minephat Township

Mineyoung(mineyu) Township

Linnkhay Township

Homain Township

Kyaingtaung Township

Minenaung Township

Minesan Township

Mineyann(Selue/Minephan) Township

Minesatt (Wanhone/Sehote/Mineyun) Township

Minetone (Poneprkyin/Hwaawe/Monekyut/ Monehta) Township

Minetwann Township

Naryoung Township

There is the annotation that the permission needed areas are not allowed to request permission.

Lists of newly exempted areas and additional restricted area for Security

Newly exempted areas Additional restricted areas for Security Remark

Kachin State

The rest quarters , villages and other must-visit areas in Putao Township and Machanbaw Township and  Down town area in Kamaing.

Kachin State

Pangmati,Nanshelkawt,Monyngu,Sandam,Upper Sangoung, Wahsandam,Zeeyardam Villages,

Chin State


Sagaing Region

Inn Pauk, Khaungtone, Lay Thar Kone, Butaung, Nantawe, Nantkhin,Nantmar,Moetay and Nar Nant Htun in Baumauk Township are the areas which are needed to get the Prior Permission.

Titetee, Tagar, Long Mat, Kaesang, Kyandong, Lachan, Long Yone, Kang Kaw, Thangmang and Warnann Villages in Nan Yoon Township.

Mandalay Region

Mogok Township, Thabeikkyin Township,Pyin Oo Lwin Township and Kyuntaing , Nyaung Tone, Thapyay Chaung, Moe Jyo Pyit , Patikone, Naung Pain, Maetaw Villages are permitted only in the Downtown Areas and outside of which are needed to get the Prior Permission.



Shan State (Nothern)

 Namtu Township and Namhsan Township are permitted only in the Downtown Areas and outside of which are restricted.

Shan State (Eastern)

Linke Township, Homain Township , Moenel Township, KyaingTaung Township, Kyay Thee Township, Mine Naung Township, Mine Shue Township, Minesang Township, Mineyang Township (SiLu/ Minephyan Township), Minesat Township (Wanghong/ Sihote/Mineyoon), Minetong Township( Poneparkyin / Huihaw / Monekyut/Monehta), Minetwan Township, Naryaung Township


Rakhine State

Ponnagyun, Myauk-Oo, Minpyar.


Mon State

Mon State , Kyaikmaraw Town,Thanbyuzayat Township ,were formerly the areas needed to get the Prior Permission , are now permitted in the Downtown areas and outside of which are needed to get the Prior Permission areas

Thanintharyi Region

Thanintharyi Region, Kyunsu Township, Bokepyin Township, Pyigyimandaing Township and Karathuri Township , were formerly permitted in the Downtown areas and outside of which were  needed to get the Prior Permission areas, are now exempted areas




Yangon Region

CoCokyun Township