Saturday, May 30, 2009

Australian Government Travel Warnings for Myanmar (Burma)

Australian Government Travel Warnings for Myanmar (Burma)
Burma overall This Advice is current for Sunday, 31 May 2009.

Areas bordering Thailand

This advice has been reviewed and reissued. It contains new information in the Summary and under Health Issues (new quarantine measures for passengers who have visited countries with confirmed cases of H1N1 Influenza 09 (Human Swine Influenza)). The overall level of the advice has not changed.

• The Burmese Government has advised that it has implemented new quarantine restrictions. All persons exhibiting flu-like symptoms who have visited a country with confirmed cases of H1N1 Influenza 09 (Human Swine Influenza) during the previous ten days will be quarantined for ten days in a designated hospital. For a full list of countries with confirmed cases of H1N1 Influenza 09, see our travel bulletin on H1N1 Influenza 09.
• We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Burma because of the uncertain security situation and possibility of civil unrest.
• Pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.
• Be aware that protests and organising assemblies of people are illegal in Burma. You should avoid all demonstrations and street rallies as they may turn violent. You should avoid taking photographs of demonstrations, the military or police as this may not be tolerated by the Burmese authorities.
• We strongly advise you not to travel to the areas near the border with Thailand because of the risk of ethnic conflict, banditry and unmarked landmines.
• Damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Nargis in May 2008 still affects movement in the Ayeyarwady (Irrawady) Delta. Australians are encouraged to avoid unnecessary local travel in this region.
• The World Health Organization has confirmed a human case of avian influenza in Burma. See the Health Issues section below for advice to Australians travelling to or resident in Burma.

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