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Getting to, from & around Burma (Myanmar)

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Getting there & away


While large scale tourism to Burma is still relatively new when compared to her neighbours, it is getting easier and easier to get into and out of the country. It currently has three international airports and a growing number of international crossings with Thailand, one with Laos and one with India.


You’ll need a passport with a validity of at least six months beyond your entry date to enter Burma.

The vast majority of tourists enter Burma on a tourist visa. This visa can be organised online, through a travel agent, or via a Burmese embassy or consulate. The typical visa is valid for 30 days. Visa extensions are possible.

For more information, see our Burma visa page.


Burma has three international airports, Yangon International Airport (RGN) in Yangon, Mandalay International Airport (MDL) in Mandalay and Naypyidaw International Airport (NYT) in Naypyidaw. Domestic airports of interest to travellers in the country include Bagan (NYU), Heho/Inle Lake (HEH), Kengtung (KET), Lashio (LSH), Sittwe (AKY) and Tachileik (THL).


There are a number of airlines currently operating in Burma. Flight arrival and departure times can be somewhat variable and flights advertised as direct often are not in fact direct. Booking flights online from outside Burma can be a challenge and it is sometimes easier (and occasionally cheaper) to work through a travel agent. In high season flights fill up fast, especially on the trunk routes.

Carriers flying in Burma include:
Air Bagan
Air Mandalay
Asian Wings Airlines
Golden Myanmar Airlines
Myanmar Airways International
Yangon Airlines

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