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AIRPORT TAX
Departure tax for international flights is US$ 10 payable in US currency or FECs. No departure tax for domestic flights. Subject to change without prior notice.

CEREMONIES AND FESTIVAL DATES IN 2007 - dates can change
21 - 28 JAN Ananda Pagoda Festival in Bagan 
28         MAR Shwedagon Pagoda Festival in Yangon 
28         MAR Kaba Aye Pagoda Festival in Yangon
13 - 17 APR Thingyan Festival (Water Festival) & Myanmar New Year 
08 - 23 OCT Thadingyut Festival of Lights (end of Buddhist Lent)
19 NOV Shwezigon Pagoda Festival in Bagan
19 NOV Fire Balloon Festival in Taunggyi 
All dates are subject to change without prior notice. Various lesser-known festivals are held throughout the country during the entire year.

CLIMATE
Tropical, generally hot and humid, cooler in hill areas.
Coolest months : October - February 
(temperatures 15 - 24 oC) 
Hottest months : March - May 
(temperatures 25 - 33 oC)
Monsoon, rainy months : June - September

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE
Myanmar currency is Kyat (pronounced "Chat"). The official exchange rate is around 6 Kyat to US$ 1. The unofficial rate is around 1500 Kyat to the dollar -June 07-. There are now several authorized moneychangers in Yangon who will change U.S. Dollars and EURO into FECs (Foreign Exchange Certificates) and Kyat at market rate (subject to change without prior notice). We strongly recommend to bring along small denominations of U.S. Dollars in cash. Many hotels and restaurants require payment in U.S. Dollars or FEC, and FECs are also usually accepted in shops.
International credit cards and traveler cheques are not widely used. Myanmar does not accept any payments by credit card.

CUSTOMS AND FORMALITIES ON ARRIVAL
Regulations are generally relaxed for tourist travelers arriving by air in Yangon. Visitors should have completed immigration and customs declaration forms during the flight and must submit these on arrival. All foreign currency (in excess of US$ 2,000), traveler cheques, jewelry, cameras and other electronic items must be recorded on the customs form and may be checked on departure. No Myanmar currency may be imported or exported.

Duty free allowance is 200 cigarettes and one liter of wine or spirits. Note that export of antiques, Buddha images and gems without an official dealer's receipt, is strictly prohibited. Baggage may be X-rayed or inspected before departure.
It is not permitted to bring mobile phones into the country, even if they are not connectable to international networks such as GSM. They may be confiscated upon arrival at Yangon International Airport and released only upon departure. 

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
Domestic air services have improved greatly over recent years, but public train, ferryboat and bus services are still generally unreliable and uncomfortable. Air Travel by Yangon Airways, Air Mandalay turboprop ATR-flights, Air Bagan turboprop ATR flights and Jets. Myanma Airways is the State Airline, if you are out for adventure use it. Baggage allowance on domestic flights is limited to 20 kg. Excess luggage can be left in Yangon hotels for collection on return from upcountry.

EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES ABROAD
Australia : 22 Arkana Street, Yarralumla, ACT 2600,
Canberra (Tel: 62-733 811)
Brazil : Shis QL 08 Conjunto 04, Casa 05, Lago Sul,
71620-245, Brasilia-DF (Tel: 61-248 37 47)
Canada : 85 Range Rd, Apt 902-903, The Sandringham,
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8J6 
(Tel: 613-232 6434/6446)
France : 60 R. de Courcelles, 75008 Paris 
(Tel: 1-42255695)
Germany : 6th Floor, Zimmer Street 56, 10117 Berlin Mitte
(Tel: 30-206 1570)
Hong Kong : Room 2424, Sun Hung Kai Center, 30
Harbour Rd, Wanchai (Tel: 852-2827-
7929/9843) 
Indonesia : 109 Jalan Haji Agus Salim, Jakarta Pusat
(Tel: 21-327 684, 314 040)
Israel : 26 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv 68011 
(Tel: 3-517 0760/0761)
Italy : Viale Gioacchino Rossini, No. 18, Int. 2,
1st Floor, 00198 Rome (Tel: 6-854 9374) 
Japan : 8-26, 4-Chome, Kita Shinagawa-Ku,
Tokyo 140 (Tel: 3-3441 9291/9292)
Malaysia : No. 10, Jalan Mengkuang, off Jalan Ru,
55000 Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 3-456 0280,
457 0680)
Netherlands : Baronielaan 59, 4818 PC Breda 
(Tel: 76-520 9054)
Singapore : 15, St. Martin's Drive, Singapore 
257-996 (Tel: 735 1672, 735 6576)
South Africa : 319, Murray Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria
(Tel: 12-460 6544, 460 4333) 
Switzerland : 47 Ave. Blanc, 1202 Geneva 
(Tel: 22-731 7540)
Thailand : 132 Thanon Sathon Nua, Bangkok 10500
(Tel: 2-233 2237, 2-234 4698) 
UK : 19A Charles St, London W1X 8ER 
(Tel: 629 6966, 499 8841)
USA : 2300 'S' Street, NW Washington DC
20008 (Tel: 202-332 9044/5/9)