Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is an increasingly popular tourist destination in South East Asia since the move to democratic rule. It is rich in history, culture and tradition with glorious scenery and friendly locals. Common destinations include Yangon (Rangoon) the capital, Bagan with hundreds of Stupa’s (Buddhist temples), Mandalay and Inle Lake.
The following information provides some broad and general guidelines about health risks and recommendations for travel to Myanmar. It should not be taken as a substitute for a personal consultation with one of our travel health doctors, whose advice will be specific for you and your trip and may include some things not mentioned here.
Most Common Health Issues
Observe food and water safety precautions and carry a kit for treatment.
Best avoided by taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites, particularly during the daytime in urban areas.
Malaria is common in many parts of the country including popular tourist destinations. Advice on preventative measures and medication should be sought from one of our doctors.
Either abstain or pack condoms and use them. Avoid sex workers. See a doctor on return for testing if you have put yourself at risk, and abstain until you are given the all clear.
Health care availability and accidents
Health care facilities are very basic. Carry a first aid kit as a minimum. Be sensible. Avoid motorbikes, especially without a helmet. Don’t swim when intoxicated and take advice from locals and signs.
Officially now under democratic rule, there is still significant military control. Ethnic tensions remain in peripheral parts of the country but mostly in non-tourist areas. Register with Smart Traveller for alerts.
As well as being up to date for routine childhood vaccines such as tetanus, measles and hepatitis B, the following vaccines are often recommended – hepatitis A, typhoid, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, and influenza. Decisions regarding which are most appropriate depend on duration and nature of travel, itinerary, age and underlying medical conditions. These and other issues will be discussed during your consultation.