How it works:
- Violent crime (UNODC’s stats):
- Victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 inhabitants per year: 2.3 (2016) vs global average: 8.2 (2016), Asia average: 2.3 (2016).
- Unexploded landmines along border conflict areas (Shan, Chin, Kachin states).
- Prolonged internal conflicts between the country with ethnic armed groups (e.g. Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army – ARSA) and militia forces in various border regions.
- No recent major history.
- Civil unrest:
- Can happen at short notice.
What to do:
- In general:
- Stay alert, avoid secluded areas, travelling alone at night and flaunting valuables.
- Monitor local media in case of terrorist threats and civil unrest.
- Increased violent and petty crime in April (Water Festival; New Year).
- Rakhine State, except southern townships of Kyaukpyu, Ramree, Munaung, Toungup, Thandwe (including tourist resort of Ngapali) and Gwa.
- Paletwa township, in southern Chin State.
- Shan State (North), except Kyaukme town, Hsipaw town, and train line from Mandalay to Kyaukme and Hsipaw.
- Kachin State (except towns of Myitkyina, Bhamo and Putao).
- Areas bordering China, Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh and India, even authorised land border crossings.
- Travelscams.org’s Travel Safety Monitor (TraSM) can track crime trends, terrorism news and risk levels, upcoming significant dates, civil unrest and more for you. Click to learn more.
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- U.S. Department of State travel advisory
- UK Government foreign travel advice
- Government of Canada travel advisory
- Australia Government travel advice