Health and Safety
Myanmar is widely considered a safe country to visit and the some visitors can experience a crime such as bag snatching. Violent crime, particularly against foreigners is extremely rare but it also pays to be vigilant about your belongings and to be sensible with your travel plans.
Some regions of Myanmar still can’t be visited due to security issues between the government and local communities, but these areas need a special permit to access them anyway so travelers are very unlikely to accidentally blunder into one without knowing.
General vaccinations recommended for all travelers to Myanmar include diphtheria, hepatitis A, tetanus, yellow fever, hepatitis B and Japanese encephalitis.
Dengue fever is prevalent in Myanmar and visitors should take precautions to avoid being bitten. These include using insect repellent, avoiding going out at dusk, and covering up using long sleeved clothes at night. There is no vaccination or treatment as such for dengue fever.
Myanmar is a malarial zone and malaria is present in all rural areas below 1,000 meters so if you are venturing off the beaten track then you need to think about taking anti-malarial prophylaxis if you feel comfortable with that. Officially Yangon and Mandalay do not have malaria but it is best to consult with a healthcare professional before travelling.
Healthcare in Myanmar is not of a high standard to say the least and usually ranks as the worst in the region. Needless to say make sure you get comprehensive travel insurance before you travel here that includes evacuation coverage as you will need to go to Thailand or Singapore if you become seriously ill or are injured. If you want some more general information, you can check out our general page on health precautions.