Myanmar Customs Regulations: Import and Export Restrictions

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When preparing for a trip to Myanmar (Burma), there are a few important entry restrictions to take into account. Firstly, the majority of foreign citizens require a visa to enter Myanmar. Travelers should check Myanmar’s visa requirements and apply for the relevant permit online in advance.

Passengers must also be aware of the import and export restrictions for entering and leaving Myanmar. Traveling to the country with a prohibited item, or attempted to leave Myanmar with restricted goods will cause issues when going through customs.

To avoid disrupted travel plans, people planning to visit Myanmar can consult all the import and export regulations below and pack for their trip accordingly.

What You Cannot Take to Myanmar

There is a limit on the amount of goods such as tobacco products and alcohol that can be taken through Myanmar customs. In addition, certain audio-visual equipment is restricted. Anyone planning to take a camera or recording equipment to Myanmar must be aware of the rules.

Other items are totally forbidden, travelers should not attempt to take any prohibited goods across any of the Myanmar borders.

As customs regulations may be updated at short notice, visitors should check the latest information before taking a flight.

Restricted items when traveling to Myanmar

Free import allowances for each passenger are currently as follows:

  • Tobacco products: 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco
  • Alcohol: 2 liters of liquor
  • Perfume: 150 milliliters
  • Goods for personal use: maximum value of $500 USD
  • Electrical and electronic goods: maximum value of $500 USD
  • Filming equipment: portable video camera, HD camera or DV camera plus 1 spare battery set
  • Laptop/portable computerMedicines: a reasonable amount for personal use
  • Sports equipment: 1 golf set of no more than 15 clubs, 2 tennis or badminton rackets
  • Fishing equipment: 1 set
  • Jewelry must be declared on arrival at Myanmar customs. Plants and plant products including seeds, bulbs, and fresh fruits and vegetables will require a phytosanitary certificate and must also be declared.

Prohibited items that cannot be taken into Myanmar

  • Counterfeit coins and currencies
  • Pornography
  • Goods with counterfeit trademarks
  • Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances
  • Playing cards
  • Wildlife
  • Items with the imprint or reproduction of the Myanmar flag
  • Items with the emblem of Buddha or Myanmar temples

What You Cannot Take out of Myanmar

There are also some restrictions on items that cannot be exported from Myanmar.

A special cash memo or receipt issued by an authorized dealer is required to export any of the following items:

  • Jewelry
  • Gemstones (set or unset)
  • Silverware
  • Handicraft items

Tourists should keep this in mind when purchasing souvenirs in Myanmar.

Airport Tax to Be Paid on Departure

All passengers are required to pay an airport tax on departure. Only transit passengers continuing the journey on the same airplane and crew members on duty are exempt.

The tax for leaving Myanmar on an international flight is currently set at 20 USD. Passengers taking a domestic flight will pay 3,000 MMK.

Foreigners should check all up to date Myanmar travel information and the latest entry and customs restrictions before departure.

Questions Related Myanmar Custom Requirements

Myanmar customs regulations state that the local currency of Myanmar (Myanmar Kyat) cannot be imported.

An unlimited quantity of foreign currency can be taken into Myanmar. Myanmar nationals are required to declare all foreign currency on arrival, foreigners must declare amounts over the equivalent of $10,000 USD.

In accordance with Myanmar airport customs regulations, pets can be taken into Myanmar provided they are accompanied by a health certificate and declared on arrival for inspection.

Dogs and cats must have been vaccinated against rabies at least 4 weeks before the date of arrival, this must be indicated on the health certificate.