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Myanmar Travel Health Advice

Vaccinations for hepatitis A and hepatitis B are recommended for all travellers. Malaria is common in Myanmar, especially during the rainy season (May to October) and visitors are usually encouraged to take anti-malaria medication, although there is no danger if you are only visiting the cities of Yangon and Mandalay. Travellers from yellow fever infected areas require a vaccination certificate to enter Myanmar. If you will be spending a lot of time outdoors in rural areas you should also consider getting vaccinated for rabies and Japanese encephalitis.

MSG (monosodiumglutomate) is added liberally to many dishes and travellers sensitive to this ingredient should specify 'no Ajinomoto' when ordering. The tap water should not be drunk unless it has been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected.

There are basic medical facilities in Yangon (Rangoon) and Mandalay, but in general medical facilities in Myanmar are poor and evacuation is recommended for serious medical cases. Payment in cash is usually required before any treatment. Comprehensive medical insurance is advised.


View information on diseases:

Cholera, Dengue Fever, Malaria

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