This list may not be up to date as processes change. However, it is better to have as much advance warning as possible as some of these may take some time to get hold of. As processes do sometimes change, we advise that you look at this list. Aim to bring a few more copies of things like passports and passport-sized photos if possible.
Please bear in mind that although Allianz Worldwide healthcare covers you from the first day of your contract/placement, baggage insurance is your own responsibility.
We would really appreciate your efforts in bringing the items below.
As stated elsewhere, check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry (requirement for immigration) and has plenty of blank pages. If it expires before the end of your contract, or you only have a few blank pages left, check what additional documents (such as birth certificate) you will need to bring to apply for a new passport. Doing this before you come will save a lot of logistical problems later. It’s best if your passport is valid for the whole of your placement.
At least 8 passport-sized photos (identical pictures, white or blue background, 35mm x 45mm). You’ll need these immediately on arrival to get your visa, and also your ID card which may be your main identification if we are unable to get your multiple entry stay visa before you arrive.
You’ll need 7 copies of your passport data page
Original professional certificates (diploma, PGCE, TEFL cert etc.).
Also, please bring 1 copy of each.
With mosquito repellent, make sure you buy DEET-based mosquito repellent to keep the bugs at bay. For those resident in the UK, the ‘Repel – tropical strength’ sold by Boots chemist in silver bottles is an example of this. Long sleeve tops and long trousers are also a good idea.
Bring a supply of US dollars – both as a resource in times of crisis, and due to the fact that some institutions may still require that foreigners pay in dollars. In-country, dollars can only be obtained through exchange, Western Union transfer, or by physically carrying the money in. Note that dollars must be clean, crisp and unmarked. Even a small crease may render a note unusable in Myanmar. Larger denominations also receive slightly higher exchange rates.
The extended monsoon in Myanmar provides some issues regarding clothing. Leather and rubber items can rot or perish due to prolonged exposure to damp. Locals tend to wear flip-flips or plastic shoes to deal with flooding but this can risk bacterial or fungal infection. Wellington boots are an option but can be hot. Locals tend to use umbrellas which can be bought cheaply locally rather than raincoats but a lightweight waterproof can be useful especially in very wet areas such as Dawei.
If you are taking any regular medication, bring at least 3 months’ supply with you as some medicine can be difficult to source in Myanmar.