Useful information in Naypyidaw, Myanmar

Expats abroad should be well prepared in all aspects including the sources of your basic needs such as water and electricity. It is also important that you know where to go or call for an emergency and the location of different foreign embassies. Here is some of the information you will find useful while working in Naypyidaw.

Telecommunications

At first, mobile service is banned in Naypyidaw because of security reasons. Government officials, employees and soldiers use walkie-talkies to communicate to each other. But on 2009, the capital allowed its residents to use their mobile phones to enhance its services further to its people and foreign visitors.

To get a SIM card, expats should present the photocopies of their passport photo page, Myanmar visa or permit along with one passport photo. The three largest telecommunications providers in the city are Huawei, Ooredoo and Telenor Group. These wireless companies have satellites and towers in the main cities such as Naypyidaw, Mandalay and Yangon.

  • Huawei
    18FL Sakura Tower, 339 Bogyoke Aung San Road
    Kyauktada Township, Myanmar
    Tel. No.: 0095-255074
  • Ooredoo
    Tower 1 192 Kaba Aye Pagoda Road
    Yangon, Myanmar
    Tel. No.: 234*
  • Telenor Group
    40 No. 1 Industrial Rd
    Yangon, Myanmar
    Tel. No.: 979 or 09790097900

All hotel rooms in Naypyidaw have fixed telephone lines. There are also several phone booths scattered across the city and some shops. Local calls are charged MMK 100 or €0.10 per minute while international calls are €5 per minute. To call abroad, you must dial 00 first then followed by the international code of and area code (minus the 0) of the country you’re calling.

All hotel rooms in Naypyidaw have free WiFi access. Expats who will live outside the capital like in Yangon set up their connection since most apartments or houses do not have a broadband connection available. The speed is still not at par with other countries but the service has an overall acceptable reputation. The two internet service providers in the city and across Myanmar are:

  • Yatanarpon Teleport
    #25 Universities Hlaing Campus
    Yangon, Myanmar
    Tel. No.: (95-1) 657 641

Utilities

Naypyidaw is the only city in Myanmar that has 24 hours electric service. Expats that are staying in hotels need not worry about their utilities because it is included in their accommodation. Those in residential areas or living outside the capital must prepare to pay for their power bill since it might not be included in the rental cost. Electrical outlets in Myanmar run at 220-240 volts.

Water is not a problem for those residing in the Hotel Zone. As for other areas such as Yangon, reservoirs and groundwater are the leading water supplies. Mandalay only gets ten hours per day of water supply where 90% are collected from tube wells. It is not advisable that you drink tap water in Naypyidaw or anywhere in Myanmar to avoid contamination related sicknesses. Bottled waters are sold anywhere so buy one or boil the water before drinking.

Emergencies

  • Naypyidaw Central Fire Station – 420005 or 420025
  • Naypyidaw Hospital (Emergency) – 420096
  • Police Station – 414224, 414103, 414200

Embassies

Naypyidaw has five acres of land reserved for offices of foreign embassies and UN representatives. However, most embassies are still located in Yangon, the former capital. Though the website is not yet updated, the embassy of Bangladesh is the first one and the only foreign embassy located now in Naypyidaw.

Banking

Expats should bring an ample amount of cash because there are only several ATMs. Credit cards are accepted in Naypyidaw but mostly only in 5-star hotels. You can always exchange your money once you arrive where €1 is equivalent to 1635 Kyat (the local currency in Myanmar. Expats are also allowed to open their local bank accounts and application process usually takes just thirty minutes to one hour. Requirements vary depending on each bank but here are some of the documents that you need to prepare:

  • Business Visa
  • Valid Passport
  • A letter from your company stating that you are employed under them
  • Two passport photos

AYA Bank is the largest bank located in Naypyidaw. They have an ATM and offers online, over the counter and foreign exchange services. You can visit their website or go directly to their branch to enquire about their specific requirements for opening a local bank account.

  • AYA Bank
    Thiri Yadanar Shopping Complex
    Naypyidaw, Myanmar
    Tel. No.: 067- 414449

Ministry of Commerce

You can head over to the portal to understand more about trading as well as import & export legislations in Myanmar. There is also a list of relevant local and global exhibitions being conducted.

Telephone: 067 – 408265, 067 – 408485
Address: Building 3, Nay Pyi Taw, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Fax: 067 – 408004
Email: tamyint06@gmail.com

 

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