Welcome to Myanmar. The country formerly (and sometimes still) known as Burma is bursting with possibilities for the future. It’s a place that is starting to move with the times, while still maintaining its traditions and ties to the past. A more recent participant in the globalisation movement, there are opportunities to help upgrade its infrastructure.
If you’d like to find out more about this exciting emerging market, download our Myanmar market guide on this page.
Here's a snapshot - you can find more detailed data in our guide.
|Export market ranking||NZ's 69th largest export market (20161)|
|Free trade agreements||AANZFTA,|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking2||170 of 190|
|Corruption Perceptions Index ranking3||136 of 176|
Getting to MyanmarYou can fly to Yangon from Auckland, but not directly - you’ll need to stop at least once. Airlines that can take you there include Air New Zealand, Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines and it will take you at least 14 hours.
When to visit
The monsoons in Myanmar make travel around the country difficult from July to September as some roads become impassable. Also, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with Maynmar’s national holidays, as some businesses may close during these times.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on Myanmar.
Myanmarese people are generally friendly and honest, but it’s a good idea to be prepared for differences in cultural expectations if you want to make the right impression. For example, offering your business card, or touching anything sacred with your right hand is considered rude.
You’ll find plenty of cultural information in our guide on this page.
Working in-marketGetting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in Myanmar
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit Myanmar, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.
New Zealand's relationship with Myanmar
If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with Myanmar, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their Myanmar page is packed with information, including a list of embassies and details of recent official visits.