Yangon Airport

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Domestic terminal - a third world airport. Packed with numerous flights leaving at virtually the same time. Security lax to the point where passengers seemed to walk in terminal at will. No signage and difficult to determine which flights were boarding. However the basic and chaotic systems appear to work since flights leave on time and with the correct passengers on board. Arrival even more chaotic. Luggage is brought to door of terminal on trolly and left for passengers to collect. At the same time touts dressed in official looking airline shirts ask for baggage tickets to collect for passengers ad then demand a fee. Be warned - it s simple to collect baggage without paying anyone!
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4/10

Yangon Airport customer review

Immigration was not that long. Staff very friendly. Airport clean and comfortable. Only had two cafes at the public area which sells overpriced snacks.
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4/10

Yangon Airport customer review

What a difference this new terminal is to the old ill lit dusty previous building which now serves as Domestic. Arrivals via airbridge into a cool and gleaming marble and carpeted arrivals area first through Passport and Visa control now very efficient and with a smile. Quick luggage off carousel and then again a simple flow through Customs. Small Duty Free on arrival shop and large greeting area with lots of room to push the luggage trolly's outside Departing Uniformed porters unload your luggage and escort you through to check inafter passing the first security and x-ray machine. With Thai you can pay your $10 departure tax to the airline but if not there is a Departure Tax desk were you can pay it and get a receipt. Tip porter $1or1000chat. Then after check in you go upstairs on the escalator to Passport/Visa control into a large concourse with bar restaurant coffee shop loads of decent shops and an Airline Lounge. Further security check/x-ray machines and Customs desk at each gate. Good signs and announcements and a good overall experience-you would not know you are in the Third World. All they have to do now is sort out Domestic.
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4/10

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It took less than 15 minutes to proceed from the plane to the taxi. Amazing. With the bad press this country gets I had expected worse. Immigration friendly and fast. The baggage was on the belt the moment I arrived. Customs were friendly and helpful. I declared my laptop as valuable goods but they said that was not necesary. After customs the porters rush in to help you with your luggage. There is no escape from that so keep a few dollars in hand for these men. A dollar per suitcase seems to be the rate. You can't use your cellphone in Burma for international calls but since December 2008 you can buy prepaid simcards for 20 USD that allow you 15 minutes overseas calling. Ask at the airport where you can buy them. Same smooth procedure on the way back. Porters will take your suitcase right up to the check in for a dollar. Immigration was friendly wishing me a happy new year! There is a small lounge for business class travellers. Descent choice of beverages and snacks (warm and cold). A new and very clean little airport. I was impressed.
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Yangon Airport customer review

The airport has only been opened for a short time. It is very modern for Myanamr standards all facilities are available. Immigration was a breeze no problems at all. It was a bright clean airport. Baggage reclaim was quick and so was customs. If you bring in jewellery you have to declare it all so you can take it all out of the country again. They are strict with this. There a lots of porters who wear flourescent jerseys to assist travellers with transferring baggage to taxis etc which they do for a couple of dollars - quite reasonable. Don't be put off by it some also speak english. IF you want to make a call these porters have mobiles so you can make local calls for a dollar a minute. The information desk don't let you use their phone. The return trip was very good as well. You will be asked to open your bags if they contain jewellery. You have to show your customs slip from when you arrived or your government registered shop reciept which says you have paid the taxes. Immigration is easy you then have to pass through the gate. Again they check your boarding pass and passport and check your declaration of any goods like jewllery you brought into hte country or are taking out. The departure have is bright and colourful. Filtered water is available from a filter machine.
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4/10

Yangon Airport customer review

I just came back from Yangon and the airport looks pretty good. The airport is new and immigration took just a few minutes. baggage claim is also fast. But a bit of disappointment because the duty free selection is rather limited. One of the better ones in small airport category.
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It was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be. Arrivals isn't encouraging: it appears to be under construction. But immigration only took about 30 minutes. When we got out the only problem was that people would grab your bags and put them in your taxi and then demand a fee for their service. They didn't get one. Departures was fine - the PG check-in desk people were very friendly helpful and efficient and there were enough seats in the departure lounge.
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Exchange rate at the airport is half that at one of the huge markets in Yangon so there's no point in changing to local currency as you are no longer compelled to. US currency is welcomed and five bucks will get you into Yangon and the taxi driver will be your friend for life. "As rough as a Rangoon taxi' is a throw-away line you can use on your return to the "real world". If you want to go up-country to Bagan or Mandalay you might as well pay retail at one of the airline counters at airport. All internal flights seem to cost around $100 one-way give or take. The airport's a tip and it's important to check the time of your connecting flight to avoid being stuck there for an extended period. The air-conditioning system seems to be fighting a losing battle with the temperature and humidity. The airport and indeed the country are third world but the people are nice so you feel everyone’s in the same boat. A western or Japanese woman will full of complaints “too hot too dirty too third world smells bad” as well as hanging on your gun arm. But don’t think you are going to pick up some local company. You go in alone you are likely to stay that way. Myanmar's are far nicer and less bent and violent than Thais so a misunderstanding with a taxi driver is unlikely to end in unpleasantness. The notion of boycotting Myanmar is somewhat misguided as contact with western visitors is more likely to bring about change than isolation.
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Yangon Airport customer review

Yangon International looks like an airport stuck in the 1950s. Make that a Third World 1950s airport. The services are minimal a "healthy" immigration bureaucracy with lots of stamps (you'll go through 4-5 officials before exiting customs) the buses are old Japanese former city buses that haven't even been repainted and the terminal looks drab especially the departures section. Flew in and out of there on both domestic and international flights and the experience was pretty bad always. The atmosphere is a bit chaotic and there seem to be just about five check-in counters in the whole airport which are shared by all carriers. My plane departing the country was several hours late so I was stuck at RGN for a few hours. Thankfully Bangkok Airways has a small lounge area for its passengers where drinks and munchies were available. The outside departures hall was horrible with some walls covered with newspapers perhaps because of some impending renovation. Interestingly the airport in Mandalay which is not the capital like Yangon and has much less traffic was much bigger and actually had jetways. RGN's main terminal will hopefully be completely demolished when they decide to update the airport. "Vintage" cabs (i.e. 1970s and 80s fifth-hand Japanese sedans) should cost about USD 4 to the center of town (you can pay in dollars) but you may be asked for more upon exiting the terminal. There are usually plenty on offer so feel free to bargain.
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Yangon Airport customer review

A passenger has to submit 5 documents on arrival at the Yangon International Airport. This includes a card given by the embassy with the visa a SARS certificate Immigration Card Arrival Card and a Customs declaration. The arrival formalities are rather quick in spite of the red tape. The immigration officers are quite friendly as are the customs officials. They only seem to harass Myanmar nationals. Very few foreigners even declare cameras and an excess of the permissible amount of foreign exchange. You no longer have to exchange 200 dollars for Foreign Exchange Certificates. A pre-paid taxi ride to the Sule Paya area costs 5 dollars. A taxi ride from the city centre to the Airport only cost 2 dollars. The departure formalities are also quite simple. Reconfirmation of tickets is absolutely essential in Myanmar. You risk having an ok ticket cancelled if you don’t reconfirm. The customs staff screens your baggage so be sure not to take restricted items out of Myanmar.
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