I've heard that when entering Burma/Myanmar, officials confiscate travelers' cell phones and then give them back when the travelers leave. Has anyone heard this before? And if so, do they take anything else, such as laptops?
Posted on Oct 24, 2011
I haven't heard any reports of things like this but it's a very good question. I would suggest you checkout the Travel.State.Gov site or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office when planning trips to potentially 'unstable' areas. You could check their pages or send them an email to confirm this report. Also make sure you register your travel plans with the US embassy before you travel there just in case, safety first!
Best wishes and happy travels,
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Posted Oct 25, 2011Add a comment
We were just in Myanmar earlier this year and were traveling with an iphone and laptop with no problems for the entire month we were there. I have not heard of anyone else having these problems either. The people are incredibly friendly and helpful, we didn't have any problems at all.
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Regarding Aaron's comment, if you visit Myanmar on an overland tour such as the golden triangle tour or visit from Thailand on a visa run they will hold onto your passport for the day as you are only permitted to be in the country for a day.
Posted Oct 27, 2011Add a comment
The officials at immigration don't even go through your belongings if you are a visiting foreigner...although I did see them pilfering through the bags of many nationals. You feel nothing but welcome when entering Myanmar. I brought in a laptop, a camera, and a flipcam without any problems.
Posted Nov 05, 2011Add a comment