Vaccinations and disease preventions should be taken before travelling to Myanmar. The following are most commonly recommended:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis B
- Yellow Fever
If you take regular medication, you should make sure to have enough for your entire stay; buying over-the-counter drugs in Myanmar should be avoided for safety reasons. You should use DEET insect repellent outside of major cities.
Always consult a doctor or travel clinic before travelling to Myanmar – and do so around eight weeks before your trip.
Medical care in Myanmar
Try to avoid public hospitals in Myanmar if you can – they may be unsanitary. It is important to note that outside Yangon reliable medical care can be difficult to find. Access to common medicine, whether antihistamines or albuterol inhalers, is also limited outside of major cities.
The following medical centres are recommended in Yangon:
International SOS clinic
Inya Lake Hotel compound, 37 Kaba Aye Pagoda Road
Telephone: +95 1 657 922
No-60, G-1, New Parami Road, Mayangone Township,
Telephone: +95 1 657227, 660083, 657226, 657228, 657230, 657231
Email: [email protected]
Outside Yangon larger hotels will be able to recommend doctors and clinics with experience in treating foreigners.
Payment up-front in US dollars is sometimes required prior to receiving medical treatment, although an increasing number of clinics will also accept international credit cards. You should make sure to take out comprehensive travel insurance before travelling to Myanmar.