1. Check your Passport
Please check that your passport:
- Is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry (requirement for immigration) and preferably until the end of the contract (as getting a new passport while in Myanmar may be difficult).
- Also make sure your passport has plenty of blank pages.
- If your passport expires within 6 months or you have few blank pages you will need to get a new passport before you leave.
- If your passport expires before the end of your contract, or you only have a few blank pages left, check what additional documents (such as a birth certificate) you will need when applying for a new passport. Doing this before you come will save a lot of logistical problems later.
2. Send us a scan of your passport so we can start the process of getting your visa
Please e-mail us a scanned copy of your passport as soon as you accept a formal offer so that we can prepare a letter of introduction for you for visa purposes and start the process of getting you a visa from the Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In order to apply for your initial business visa, you will also be required to complete a short form on an Excel speadsheet that we will send you.
3. Organise your flights and shipping
We will be in contact with you individually to help you organise flights and shipping. For those of you joining us in the first batch, you will need to arrive in Yangon for the induction which starts on Monday 25th November.
BAGGAGE AND SHIPPING (FOR BC FACILITATORS)
If you have been recruited from outside Myanmar prior to commencement of this appointment, you shall be entitled to an accountable baggage allowance of up to £1200 at the beginning and upon successful completion of your appointment with British Council Myanmar. Excess baggage costs can be included as part of this allowance. Please bring receipts which will be reimbursed. Please address your shipping to:
78 Kanna Road
We will arrange for your shipping to be couriered on to you at the college and deduct the charge for this from your shipping allowance if the amount is within your allowance or from your pay if this exceeds your allowance.
4. Get any Vaccinations you need
- Make sure you have had all the vaccinations that you will need to live in Myanmar – some of these are quite long courses so you need to start them as soon as possible The vaccinations you need come in two categories.
- Make sure you are up to date with the basic vaccinations recommended for your own country. This link will take you to the vaccinations recommended: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploa...
- Make sure you have the vaccinations required for Myanmar. These are listed in this website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-east/myanmar#Immunisat... . The list changes from time to time but at the time of writing the list includes the following: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Tetanus and to consider immunisations for Hepatitis B, Rabies, Typhoid
- Some of these vaccinations involve courses of several jabs (e.g. rabies) so it’s worth starting these as soon as possible.
- While it’s worth thinking ahead about vaccinations, especially those that require a long course, these vaccinations will also be available in Myanmar, including those for Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies.
- You can claim for these vaccinations from the TREE project.
The decision about whether to take malaria chemoprophylatics (anti-malaria pills) is ultimately up to you, however the project has sought opinion from the most informed local medical sources who work extensively with ex-patriate organisations and we are advised that anti-malaria medication is not recommended for any of the locations where TREE facilitators will be posted. For this reason, the project will not pay for anti-malaria medication. When deciding whether or not to take anti-malaria medication you may wish to take into account the following:
- There may be health implications of long-term use of some malaria medication.
- Drug resistant malaria is on the rise in the Myanmar/Thai border area and in Myanmar itself. If you have taken medication preventatively and you catch malaria (which is very possible even when you take anti-malaria meds) there will be no fall-back medication to treat you with.
- Prevention is by far the best strategy with regard to malaria (and also dengue for which there is no preventative meds anyway). Should you visit villages in hilly areas where malaria is prevalent you are advised to sleep under long-term impregnated bed-nets (which are available in Myanmar). In areas where there are mosquitos you are also advised to cover up with long-sleeved shirts/long trousers, and to use a DEET-based anti-malaria spray (which you’ll need to bring with you).
5. Consider getting insurance for your possessions
British Council provides health insurance, but do not provide cover for your possessions. Despite Myanmar’s relatively low crime rate, you may wish to get insurance for your possessions, especially any high value items, particularly electronics.
6. Buy some clothes
Dressing suitably will be important in your role. Clothing in Myanmar is cheap to buy or have made, and for women particularly Myanmar clothing will often be the best option for day to day conditions and will be well received by colleagues. However, sizing can be an issue and it’s wise to bring clothes with you that you know you will be comfortable in. Larger sizes can be difficult to find.
You will need smart clothes for work in the colleges. It is important to look professional at work. Women should bring tops that cover their shoulders and are not low cut. Skirts must be knee length at the very shortest. Men usually wear shirts or polo shirts with smart trousers.