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The Recommendation was revised and re-issued with changes in the Summary and Air Travel section (reference to the disengagement of demonstrators from Bangkok airport removed). There has been no change in the overall standard of advice..... There have been violence strikes between demonstrators and Burma's armed services in September 2007, and the Burma issue is still uncertain.....
When you are a tourist or inhabitant, you should be careful to keep avoiding all protests and large meetings and avoiding taking photos or video of the army, law enforcement or demonstrators, as this could be considered as provoking. Please see the section on the policy context in this advice for more detail.
There' s a general terrorist menace in Burma. Assaults could be random, even in places attended by expats and international travelers. Please see the section on terrorist activities in this Council for more detail. Some 7,500 UK citizens came to Burma in 2006 (Burma's Ministry of Tourism). In 2007, the most important kind of incidents for which UK citizens needed Burmese ambassadors was the shortage of resources.
The reason for this is that no payment card or traveller's cheque can be used in Burma. For more information, see the General (Money) section of this note. It is strongly recommended that you take out full travel and health cover before your trip. For more information, see the General (Insurance) section of this guide and the Travel Assurance section.
There' s a general terrorist menace in Burma. When you visit or live in Burma, you should be careful in places of interest and make sure that you feel safe with your own and your family's safety precautions and check them periodically. Assaults could be random, even in places visited by expats and international travelers.
There were three blasts in Rangoon on May 7, 2005, two in retail centers and one at a convention, killing at least 23 and injuring at least 149 in all. Four persons are said to have died in an blast in a coach on the Mandalay-Rangoon motorway on 14 July 2008.
Two lives were lost in January 2008 in Pyu, just North of Rangoon and at Rangoon and Pyinmana train terminals off Nay Pyi Taw. You can find more information under Terrorism Abroad. While there are no precise criminal records, anaecdotal proofs suggest that robberies, break-ins and trivial theft in Rangoon have grown with the deterioration of the economy.
There is still no clear picture of the current policy and you should still refrain from any demonstration and large meetings. They should also refrain from taking photos or videos of the army, the cops or demonstrators, as this could be provoking. They should keep abreast of the latest news, also through regular reviews of these travel tips.
When you visit or live in Burma, you should be careful in places of interest and make sure that you feel safe with your own and your family's safety precautions and check them periodically. They should refrain from all protests and large meetings, especially on or around days such as Armed Forces Day (27 March) and Martyrs' Day (19 July), as they have the capacity to become acts of violence.
They should prevent large numbers of people and take into account that any attempt to go to the house of imprisoned pro-democracy leaders Daw Aung Sung Suu Kyi or her National League for Democracy could draw unwanted publicity. This unresolved policy may lead to an interruption or limitation of your trip.
Be careful when traveling to Burma's frontier areas. They must leave Burma at the same checkpoint from which they arrived, and Myanmar migration officials can apply to keep their passports until your trip is over. They should not try to unlawfully pass a frontier or access prohibited areas without the appropriate permits from the Myanmar government.
Be especially alert when you travel to the Thai-Burmese frontier. Near this frontier, especially in Karen and South Shan states, there are continuing alliances. In Burma, many busses run on compressed natural gaz (CNG). A number of injuries occurred in September when bottles of natural-gas exploded on a Rangoon coach.
Cross-country trips can be dangerous especially in the wet seasons (May to October). They should be mindful that Burma has always blamed the drivers of a vehicle that has an injury to a passenger. Though Burma is on the right, most of the vehicles are right-hand driven, which can make it dangerous to ride.
There may be changes in your timetable without notice and you should allow enough travel planning to take this into account. Ask for advice and take it seriously where it is safest to go swimming or diving. Homosexuals are against the law in Burma. You can find more general information for different kinds of travelers under Travel advice relevant to you not for the British Embassy in Rangoon.
Make sure your card is valid (more than six months) before you travel. However, it should be borne in mind that some jurisdictions demand proof of paternity before letting singles in or, in some cases, before they are allowed to travel out of the state.
We understand that Burma's migration services do not usually ask for such proof, but if you have reservations, please contact the next embassy in Burma. In Rangoon and Mandalay you can get regular health advice and care, but elsewhere you should not expect to get it.
In Burma, it is often necessary to make a deposit in advance of your health care. Burma has both dengue and antimalaria. While there are no vaccines against these illnesses, there are preventive actions you can take, as recommended on the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). Only use or boil boiling or bottling waters and do not use icecream in beverages.
You should consult a doctor immediately if you have diarrhea during a trip to Burma. The 2008 Global AIDS Epidemic Report of the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimates that approximately 240,000 Burmese 15+ adolescents are HIV-positive and the incidence of HIV has been put at around 0.7% of the mature age group.
They should take standard precautionary measures to prevent HIV/AIDS exposures. Avian influenza broke out in Burmese house birds (most recently in December 2007). Burma had no documented mortality, but a case of avian influenza that infects a person was reported in December 2007.
To be on the safe side, you should take precautions against visits to marketplaces for living animals, bird farming and other places where you can come into direct physical contact with pet or cage fowl and make sure that you prepare your fowl and eggs thoroughly. Burma's clone period usually lasts from April to October. Hurricane Nargis, which hit Burma on 2/3 May 2008, claimed the lives of ten thousand people and displaced the lives of several hundred thousand people in the Irrawaddy Delta.
It is recommended to stay away from the delta area and to comply with the instructions of the city. There is no need for the British Embassy in Rangoon to provide you with a valid visa, and before you leave you should make sure that your visa is valid (more than six months) and contains plenty of blank pages. Requests for new passes are received in Rangoon for transmission to the British Embassy in Bangkok, but may take up to six week.
GSM international mobile phone is not available in Burma. There' s no ATM machines in Burma. There are one or two large Rangoon resorts that take payment credit card, but this may be different. There is no need to convert US $200 into FECs when you arrive in Rangoon. As most companies that supply tourist destinations are willing to pay US dollar, you should not exchange currency at the airports to prevent waste.