A passport with a valid visa and a completed disembarkation card must be presented to the immigration desks at international airports. Foreign currency exceeding $2000, jewellery, cameras and electronic goods must be declared on the customs forms issued to each arriving visitor.
The duty free allowance for each visitor is two bottles of liquor, two cartons of cigarettes or 100 cigars, 1.5lbs of tobacco and a pint of perfume of eau de cologne.
Departure The departure tax at airports is $10. A passport and completed embarkation card are to be shown at the immipration desks. Export permit vouchers must be shown at customs for any gems or jewellery bought in Myanmar. The export of antiques and archaeologically valuable items is prohibitrd. Literature and print media Myanmar has as a thriving literary scene and there are many literary awards, both state and private. There are magazines devoted to serious literature as well as glossy monthlies about beauty and fashion. A variety of weekly publications specialize in such subjects are international news, crime, the interner, computers, business, shopping, football, fashion and astrology. Many book lending stalls operate in cities, towns and villages.
About 9 miles (15 km) from downtown Yangon, the airport underwent a recent upgrade and now boasts attractively-designed arrival and departure terminals. The airport is well -equipprd with services and facilities.
Airlines operating at the airport include Myanmar Airway International, Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Thai Airways International, Thai Air Asia, Bangkok Airways, Silk Air, Indian Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Air China, China Southern Airlines.
About 21 miles (35km) south of downtown Mandalay, the country’s second international airport has similar services and facilities to those available at Yangon International Airport.
China Eastern Airlines operates regular flights between Mandalay and Kunming and the airport is also served by domestic carriers.
Nay Pyi Taw Airport opened in early 2006 and is about 30 minutes from the administrative capital, Nay Pyi Taw. All domedtic carriers operate from Nay Pyi Taw to the commercial city, Yangon, and the cutural city, Mandalay, as well as to other destinations, such as Sittwe and Heho.
Overland entry is permitted to Thai, Chinese and Indian tourists with border passes and to third party tourists visa at designated checkpoints along Myanmar’s borders with Thailand, China and India. Prior permission required for tourists entering the country through border checkpoints.
Air travel often is the best form of transport as it save time. Domestic carriers Yangon Airways, Myanmar Airways, Air Mandalay and Air Bagan fly to more than 32 destinations throughout the country. It can be cheaper to book through travel agents than directly with the airlines.
Though a more leisurely and comfortable forms of transport, international travellers mainly use the route between Yangon and Mandalay. Myanma Railways’ long-distance trains offer first and economy-class compartments, sleeping berths and reclining seats. Tickets are available at railway stations and it is recommended to buy them one day in advance.
It is possible to travel in - conditioned coaches to most of the tourist attractions throughout the country. Two highway bus terminals in the new capital, Nay Pyi Taw provide transprotation services to major cities including Yangon and Mandalay. Serveral highway bus services in Yangon operate to destinations throughout the country including Golden Rock, Bagan and Nyaung Oo, Inle Lake, Mrauk- U, Chaungtha and Ngwe Saung Beaches near Pathein, and Ngapali Bagan near Thandwe.
There are two highway bus terminals in the cultural capital of Mandalay, offering services to destinations in central, upper and eastern Myanmar.
Myanmar has many navigable waterways and river boats provide one of most important and cheaper ways of transporting people and cargo. The Inland Water Transport Board is a major operator with a huge fleet of double and triple - decker boats making regular runs to river ports. There are also private operators providing some regular services, with more leisurely trips provided mostly between Mandalay and Bagan and other destinatins along the Ayeyawady and Chindwin Rivers. There is also a cruise service to the delta town of Pathein by a private company.
Taxies are widely available in Yangon. The majority of taxies is metered and charges a rate of K150 a kilometer, plus an extra K500. For taxies with no meter, it is best to bargain the cost of the fare in advance of any trip.
Pudlic buses are available in major cities such as Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. Inter-city buses also operate throughout the country. Trishaws and hourse carts are also used as transport. Trishaws are common in Yangon and horse carts operate at Pyin Oo Lwin, Bagan and some other destinations in upper Myanmar.
Many vistors to Yangon enjoy trips on the city circular railway, which links the down- town area with outlying suburbs.