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Travel advise: payments in Burma
Jet off well-informed to Burma. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Myanmar.
Until 2019 tourists were able to make card payments in Burma (Myanmar). However the Burmese government has introduced laws against cross-currency card payments. As a result, tourists are not able to pay by card at most vendors in Myanmar.
If you are going to pay by card in Burma: Be aware of significant card fees and currency conversion fees for card payments in Burmese Kyats: Your bank’s MMK to GBP exchange rate may be dramatically bad. This is how banks make money.
Before using your bank card for payments in Myanmar, it’s certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
Cash is an essential method of payment in Burma. The majority of vendors in Burma accept payments only by cash and by mobile payment solutions such as Wave Pay, KBZ Pay and CB Pay.
Most local supermarkets, shops and restaurants only accept local currency, Burmese Kyats. Some luxury shops, high end restaurant and bars accept payment in (clean) US Dollar banknotes.
The cost of living in Myanmar is 33% lower than the cost of living in the UK.
For a coffee in a cafe in Yangon you can expect to pay around 1000 kyats, unless you order a fancy brew like a cappuccino which may cost up to 7000 kyats.
A three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant in Burma costs around 40,000 kyats.
Tipping is not a common practice in Myanmar. If you decide to surprise the staff and leave a tip this will be very much appreciated.
Banknotes in Burma
Banknotes in circulation in Myanmar are 200 kyats, 500 kyats, 1,000 kyats, 5,000 kyats and 10,000 kyats MMK.
The lower denomination banknotes of 0.50 kyat, 1 kyat, 5 kyats, 10 kyats, 20 kyats, 50 kyats and 100 kyats are not often found in circulation but are still valid.
Coins in Burma
Coins of 1 kyat to 100 kyats have replaced the low denomination banknotes in Burma.
Burma’s currency import and export regulations
Import of Burmese Kyats into Myanmar is prohibited. Travelers are allowed to import an unlimited amount of foreign currency. A cash declaration needs to be made by anyone carrying over $10,000 USD in currency.
Exporting foreign currency from Myanmar is allowed without restrictions but the holder must be able to proof ownership. Exporting Burmese Kyats from Myanmar is prohibited.
Ordering Burmese Kyats online
Order Burmese Kyats online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Burmese Kyats online.
Selling back Burmese Kyats
If you have Burmese Kyats to sell, follow this link to exchange Burmese Kyats to Pounds, click on ‘sell currency’ and select ‘MMK Burmese Kyat’. We’ll pay good rates for your leftover Burmese Kyats.