Permits in Myanmar

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The military junta (SLORC) controls the country with an iron fist, so a lot of places are off limits to foreigners. In the tourist triangle of Yangoon-Mandalay-Inle Lake-Bagan you don't need a permit. Also Pathein, Ngapali beach and even Mrauk U can be visited without permit (though sometimes only if you take a plane). It's difficult to give firm guidelines here, since they change almost every day, so you need to check for the latest developments at the MTT (Myanmar Travel & Tours) office (01/78376) right beside Sule Paya at the intersection of Sule Road and Mahabandoola St. It is run by the government, and they sell you only the expensive tours, but you can get your info and permits here. At the tourist places, you have to pay a government tax. This can be in temples, ruins or even in a city.

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