The official language is Burmese, and over 100 different languages and dialects are spoken. English is spoken in business circles.
01/04/2022 Independence Day
02/12/2022 Day of Unity
02/16/2022 Full Moon of Tabaung
02.03.2022 Farmers’ Day
03/27/2022 Armed Forces Day (memorial day honoring the military)
04/13/2022 Maha Thingyan (Water Festival)
04/17/2022 New Year celebrations in Myanmar
05/01/2022 may day
05/15/2022 Full Moon of Kason (Buddha’s Birthday)
07/12/2022 Full moon of Waso (beginning of the Biddhist Lent)
07/19/2022 Martyrs Day
11/06/2022 Full Moon of Tazaungdaing
08.12.2022 National holiday
The dates for Buddhist holidays depend on the lunar calendar. Minorities have different holidays. In October, Hindus celebrate Diwali, Muslims celebrate Bakri Idd at the end of November, Christmas and Easter are celebrated by Christians, and the Karen tribe celebrates the New Year in early January. More information from the diplomatic missions.
Duty free shopping
The following items can be imported duty-free into Myanmar (persons aged 17 and over): 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 250 g of tobacco; 2 liters of spirits; 150 ml of perfume or eau de toilette. More information is available from Countryaah.com.
Antiques may not be exported. Gemstones, jewelery and silver can only be exported if the purchase receipt from a state dealer is presented.
Portable computers (laptops) may be imported without prior authorization, but they must be declared. However, an import permit is required to import all telecommunications equipment (including modems and fax machines). This can be requested from the Information & Technology Department (Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Mayangone Township, Yangon, Tel. (00951) 65 08 90, Internet: www.mpt.net.mm). Mobile phones must theoretically be deposited with customs until you leave the country, but in practice this is rarely enforced.
Weapons, pornographic materials, playing cards and objects displaying the national flag of Myanmar and/or the image of Buddha or Myanmar pagodas are not allowed to be imported. More information is available from Myanmar Customs Office (Internet: www.myanmarcustoms.gov.mm/passengerdeclaration.aspx).
Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
Avenue Blanc 47
+41 (0)22 906 98 70/71.
http://www.myanmargeneva.org Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
Honorary consulates in Cologne and Wiesbaden.
+49 (0)30 206 15 70.
Mon-Fri 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Visa applications: Mon-Fri 10am-12pm, visa collection: Mon-Fri 2pm-3pm.
Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
Honorary Consulate in Vienna, Grinzingerstrasse 72.
Donau-City-Straße 6, Andromeda Tower Top 9.OG/1
+43 (0)1 266 91 05.
Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm. Visa applications: 10.00-12.00, visa collection: 13.00-15.00.
A light suit or sundress is appropriate for business appointments. Conversations at the highest level require more conservative attire. The business language is i. general English. Business trips are best scheduled between October and February. Business hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm.
Commercial Department of the Embassy of the Union of MyanmarThielallee 19, D-14195 BerlinTel: (030) 206 15 70.Internet: www.botschaft-myanmar.de Commercial Department of the Consulate General of the Union of Myanmar47 Avenue Blanc, CH-1202 Genève Tel: (022) 906 98 80.There are over 20 state-owned companies that can help with any business issue. More information can be obtained from the commercial departments of the embassies.
Direct dialing service to the most important cities. However, telephone connections do not exist between all cities. The internal telephone network is limited and often defective or overloaded. Some hotels have international direct dialing. International phone calls can be made at the Central Telephone and Telegraph Office (CTT) in Yangon, at the corner of Pansodan and Mahabandoola Streets. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekends and public holidays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
GSM 900. Network operator is MPT GSM Network, a subsidiary of Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications. Fees are high. There are no roaming contracts with European network operators. There is no point in taking your mobile phone with you to Myanmar. Prior approval from the Myanmar Post & Telecommunications Department is required for importation of telecommunications equipment (including modems, cellular and satellite phones, and facsimile machines). According to the law, mobile phones for which there is no import permit must be deposited with customs until they are discovered. In practice, however, this law is rarely followed. There is no mobile phone reception outside of larger cities.
According to Abbreviationfinder.org, Internet provider is the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication (Internet: www.mpt.net.mm). Internet connection fees are very high. The Internet is censored by the government and its use is heavily monitored. Internet cafes can be found in larger cities. Some hotels also offer Internet access. However, the usage costs are high. Downloads don’t take quite as long at night as they do during the day.
Airmail to Europe takes about 10-14 days to arrive. There is no guarantee that the mail will arrive. It is advisable to post letters personally and ask for a certificate (small fee). Post offices are open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly for the current frequencies (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: www.dw-world.de) to request.