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History of Relations
relations with Myanmar were established in April 1995 and Myanmar's Embassy in
South Africa was opened in June 1996. Ambassador Pheto presented her credentials
as non-resident Ambassador to the Union of Myanmar on 16 September 2002.
South African Representation in Myanmar (Non-resident)
Ms P N Magaqa
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (Designate)
Embassy of South Africa
Myanmar Representation in South Africa
H E Mr M Naung
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the Union of Myanmar
Tourist information for Myanmar can be obtained from the
Promotion Board internet website at http://www.myanmartourismboard.com
African nationals visiting Myanmar are strongly advised to exercise a high level
of personal security awareness at all times. In May 2005, there were three
Yangon, two in shopping malls and one at a trade fair in which
a number of people
were killed and injured.
The political situation
in Myanmar remains unsettled and there are stringent
restrictions on freedom
of movement, association and speech. Visitors are strongly
advised not to
photograph military installations or personnel as well as power plants
Travel within Myanmar is restricted to officially designated tourist
Visa Requirements for South Africans
more information contact the Embassy of Myanmar in Pretoria.
facilities may not be readily or reliably available. Tourists are advised to carry
their own medicines. Because malaria and AIDS are serious problems, precautionary
measures should be taken. (Dengue fever or DHF). There is no immunization against
It is strongly recommended that comprehensive travel and health insurance
be obtained which would include emergency air evacuation by a recognised carrier.
Prospective travellers should check with their insurer to make sure that their
policy meets their needs.
For further information go to Travelers' Health.
Myanmar has three distinct seasons, with the rainy season
starting in May and lasting until October. The winter season starts in November
and lasts until February. From March until May, Myanmar experiences hot summers.
up-to-date weather information click here.
national currency is called the Kyat (MMK). It is recommended that visitors bring
with them sufficient cash in US dollars to meet their expenses as the exchange
foreign currencies is often time consuming and very difficult. Authorised
changers will usually only accept US dollars in cash. The FEC (Foreign
Currency) in equivalents of US$1, US$5 and US$10 are also used in
the Kyat. 1 FEC is equal to US$1,00 and can be used for payment
throughout the country. Neither FECs nor Kyat can be converted
to any other
currency. There are no ATMs in Myanmar.
Credit cards are
only accepted at very few major hotels, airlines and some
and restaurants. The exchange of travellers cheques is very
For current exchange rates click here.
and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0872/0851/0837.
South Africa mostly exports base metals, chemical products, prepared
foodstuffs and mineral products to Myanmar and imports mostly footwear, headgear,
vegetable products and machinery from Myanmar.
For current information on
trade statistics between South Africa and Myanmar, visit the web site of the Department
of Trade and Industry of South Africa
Groups and Information