ATMs are finally available in Myanmar!
Ignore advice you’ve read in old guidebooks and web postings – you don’t need to bring wads of crisp US dollars to Myanmar anymore!
ATMs are now available at the airport, banks, shopping centers, and even smack in the middle of the Shwedagon Pagoda!
I used ATMs 4 times in Yangon: at the airport upon arrival, at the Myanmar Culture Valley shopping center, at Shwedagon Pagoda, and in front of some store that I never could figure out the name of…
Most of the ATMs I saw took cards issued by Visa/Plus, MasterCard/Cirrus, UnionPay and JCB.
All 4 times I used the machines I had no problems at all. Machines give out 5,000 kyat and 1,000 kyat notes — around US$5 and US$1 respectively — and I never saw one giving out the illusive 10,000 kyat notes.
And, (I assume) copying their Thai neighbors, every machine I used charged a 5,000 kyat service charge.
Luckily, I use the Schwab ATM card when traveling overseas, and they refund all ATM charges. (With foreign charges, which are sometimes unclear, you have to call/email them, but they’ll reverse them if their system hasn’t picked up on it automatically.)
And it’s just that easy now, like (most of) the rest of the world!
Of course, don’t forget to notify your bank that you’re traveling overseas!This entry was posted in Asia, Myanmar, Travel Money