There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Myanmar but it is advisable to take precautions against malaria.
Prescription drugs are not widely available in Myanmar so travellers should bring any required medication with them in sufficient quantities to last during their stay.
Insect Repellent & Sun Screen
Insect repellents are recommended, especially when travelling to remote areas, in conjunction with other measures to prevent mosquito bites. The sun can be remarkably hot so a hat and sun block cream is advisable.
MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE – (MSG) ALERT
Throughout most Asian countries including Myanmar MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) – known locally as ‘AJINOMOTO’ – is still used in food preparation in some restaurants. Some travellers who may experience swollen feet, hands or headaches will more than likely have had a good amount of MSG in the food. It is always best to inform your guide when ordering if you do not wish it to be added to your food.
Food and Drinks
Drink only bottled water. Do not eat raw vegetables. Only eat fruits that you can peel or cut yourself. Be wary of eating food from street stalls.
There are a number of medical centres staffed by western trained, English speaking doctors where you can obtain basic medical treatment. Your tour guide or hotel concierge can assist with locations.
Travel Health Insurance
Travel Health Insurance with full evacuation cover is essential. Please be sure to check that your insurer will cover you in Myanmar for all services including evacuation.