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Myanmar travel tips
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all travel: Kyaukpyu, Ramree, Munaung, Toungup, Thandwe (including the touristic town of Ngapali) and Gwa, with the exception of the suburbs of the south of the state. When you visit Mount Victoria in the Mindat Town Ship, you should consult your local guide or guide before travelling.
Shuan State ( "North"), except Kyaukme City, Hsipaw City, and the Mandalay to Kyaukme and Hsipaw rail lines. The city of Lashio and its airports are located in the area where the Bundeskartellamt advises against all trips. In northern Shan, Kachin and Karen/Kayin states there are persistent conflicts and the potential for violence in other ethnical states.
In these areas, the British Embassy's capacity to provide diplomatic aid, even in emergencies, may be limited or postponed. British public safety officials have identified Burma as a threat of Zika infection. Information and guidance on the dangers associated with the Zika viruses can be found on the National Travel Network and Centre website.
Frequent forms of ambassadorship are loss of identity, robbery and traffic crash. Before your trip, take out extensive health and travelling health insurances.
Burma travel tips
Myanmar conducted general election on November 8, 2015. The Burmese army will retain 25% of Burma's seat in the Burmese government and in various other policy positions. Myanmar has been affected by ongoing domestic conflict in which a number of non-state gunmen from Burma's ethnical states have been involved. North of Shan State, Kokang Self-Administered Zone is not under truce.
There is still the potential for violence in all ethnical states of the world, such as Shan, Rakhine, Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Karen/Kayin and Mon. There have been reported increased intercommunal tensions and occasional violence in other parts of the state, Burma and Rangoon included, following events in the state of Rakhine in September 2017. U Ko Ni, a Burmese National League for Democracy (NLD) counsel, was gunned down on January 29, 2017 at Rangoon airport, as was a cabbie trying to infiltrate.
Such deeds are not usual in Burma. Historically, there have been political violent events around the holiday season such as Armed Forces Day (27 March) and Martyrs' Day (19 July). Bundeskartellamt advises against any trip to the state of Rakhine, with the exception of the Kyaukpyu, Ramree, Munaung, Toungup, Thandwe (including the touristic town of Ngapali) and Gwa in the south.
That is due to the continuing tensions following the severe riots in 2012 and the continuing danger of pre-emptive conflicts and the threats of landmines in the Nordic areas. There have been occasions of confrontation between the Burma people and the Burma army in March 2015. The 9th October 2016 there were raids on policemen in the state of Rakhine.
There were further assaults on policing stations in the state of Rakhine and further incidents of force in the region on 25 August 2017. At the end of August and the beginning of September 2017, the safety measures in North Rakhine resulted in the evacuation of towns and the massive expulsion of the population. There is a significant danger of inter-municipal force in Rakhine, and hostilities may also be targeted by non-governmental organizations.
At Mrauk U in central Rakhine on 16 January 2018 protest took place in which 7 people were murdered and 30 civil servants and policemen were wounded. Bundeskartellamt advises against all trips to Kachin State (with the exception of the cities of Myitkyina, Bhamo and Putao) because of the continuing danger of a violent war.
When traveling to Myitkyina, Bhamo and Putao, you should keep an eye on regional trends and stay in touch with your host if the safety conditions change. At the 15th of May it came to blastings, which destroyed the railroad line between Mandalay and Myitkyina. Burma's government is currently limiting the journey between Myitkyina and Bhamo: journeys in and between these two cities are only allowed by plane.
Bundeskartellamt advises against all trips to the north Shan state (north): Bundeskartellamt advises against a trip to Lashio. The railroad is probably more secure than the street. That is because both the Tatmadaw and ethnically militarized groups carry men and arms on the streets, but not on trains.
There is a regular outbreak of gunfire in northern Shan State (south). Since April 2018, the fighting has become more intense. Bundeskartellamt advises against a trip to the Paletwa Township in the South Chinese state because of an actively at war. In the vicinity of the border to Thailand, Laos and China, especially in the states Shan, Karen/Kayin, Mon and Kachin, there are still further activities.
Landmines also represent a menace in areas of war. Mae Sot ( "Myawaddy") (Burma Karen/Kayin State) - Mae Sot (western Thai border). When you are obliged to surrender your identity card to the British Embassy in Rangoon. Ministry of Hotels, Tourism and Sport keeps a register of accredited tourist sites. There are no limits for tourists visiting Rangoon, Mandalay, Bago and Irrawaddy.
There are restrictions on other locations (e.g. travel by plane or rail, but not by car). Please consult the Burmese Ministry of Tourism for more information. Bundeskartellamt cannot provide consulting on the security of single carriers. The InternationalAirTransport Association, however, has published a listing of listed carriers that have been inspected and comply with a number of operating security norms and recommendations.
The International Civil Aviation Organization conducted a review of the deployment of Burma's security controls in 2010. In December 2012, a multiple tourist internal trip crash. Please see the AviationSafetyNetwork website for a recent history of events and injuries.
Allow enough space in your route to take this into account. Rail transport security is well below that of the United Kingdom. They cannot use a British or international driver's license in Burma. They must obtain a Myanmar driver's license from the Department for Road Transport and Administration in Rangoon.
Cross-country trips can be dangerous especially in the wet seasons (May to October). Traffic between many areas outside the main areas of Rangoon, Mandalay, Bago and Irrawaddy is limited. Ask your local tourist office or the Ministry of Hotels, Tourism and Sport before you leave. Traffic security stan-dards are significantly lower than in the UK.
There are many automobiles, taxi and bus, in low condition and serious car crashes are high. Though Burma is on the right, most of Burma's automobiles are right-handed. The Bundeskartellamt employees are recommended to prevent driving on the Mandalay-Naypyitaw-Rangoon highway at dusk due to low light and insufficient cobbles.
Get on-site consultation where it is safe to go swimming or diving. Inland navigation may not comply with international accepted security norms and searching and rescue equipment may be restricted. Burma's technology infrastructures are undergoing rapid improvement and in the near term significant changes can be expected for international people.
GSM international touring is now available in Burma and all Burmese LANs provide 3G. British wireless operators may be charging particularly high rates for calling in Burma. A lot of people use a replacement cell and buy a VIP membership on arrival (about 1500 kyats - about £1).