Summary

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to Rakhine State except for the tourist resort of Ngapali and travel to/from the resort via Thandwe airport. See Local travel

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to Kachin State (except the towns of Myitkyina, Bhamo and Putao) due to continued risk of armed conflict. See Local travel

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to Kokang Self Administered Zone in northern Shan State. See Local travel

Parliamentary elections are scheduled for 8 November. The official campaigning period begins on 8 September. There is potential for heightened political tension and unrest both during the campaigning period and following election day. You should avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings. Don’t take photographs or videos of the police, demonstrations, military installations or military personnel. See Political situation

The government has declared the regions of Chin, Magwe, Sagaing and Rakhine to be ‘Natural Disaster Affected Areas’ due to severe flooding. Karen and Irrawaddy regions have also been affected by flooding. You should take extra care in these regions and follow the advice of the local authorities.

There is a high threat from terrorism. There were a number of small bomb explosions in Rangoon, Taungoo and Sagaing in October 2013. See Terrorism.

Take particular care in the border areas with Thailand, Laos or China. There were several armed clashes in Karen and Mon States in September 2014. See Local travel

The situation in ethnic states where armed groups operate is volatile. There is ongoing conflict in the far north of Shan State, particularly in the Kokang Self-Administered Zone, and in Kachin State and there remains the possibility of violent clashes in other ethnic states. See Local travel

There are restrictions on freedom of movement and speech. British Embassy officials are not allowed to travel freely outside Rangoon without permission from the Burmese government, except to a limited number of destinations. Consular assistance in an emergency may be restricted or delayed.

Most visits are trouble-free.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Credit and Debit cards are not widely accepted. See Money