Burma/Myanmar Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia and Africa where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.

Burma/Myanmar Car Rental
When I visited Burma in 2009 I was told it wasn’t possible for a foreigner to rent a car in the country. I was therefore forced to use hired drivers (plus boats which were much more enjoyable) to get around. I can’t actually find any written evidence that foreigners aren’t allowed to drive, though I was told by rental companies that they can’t rent to a foreigner without a driver. There is certainly no truth in the urban myth that independent travel isn’t allowed in Burma-we travelled round the country with no guide. I’ve emailed various tour operators in Burma but as yet haven’t located one that would rent me a car…or one that would admit to doing it via email anyway. There are some companies below who advertise car rental, you may want to try them.


My guess though is that if you were to succeed in renting a self drive car and driving abroad here, this may need to be done unofficially and this would probably depend on where you are and how well ‘connected’ the renter is. Burma is an amazing country, and would be one of the worlds great self drive destinations, but I fear at present, it may still be a little early to experience this.


  1. simon

    Can anyone tell me if you can take your own car into Myanmar. I am looing to do a self drive trip from Australia to the U.K

  2. Driver Abroad

    Hi Simon

    Burma is part of the Blue card mutual 3rd party insurance scheme set up between ASEAN countries -Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma/ Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

    That should in theory allow a holder with a vehicle registered in one of those countries to drive their own vehicle and by covered to a minimum insurance level in the other countries. I have heard though, that its more complex than that with Burma/Myanmar and the rules depend on which country your vehicle is registered in, and which borders you intend to enter and exit by.

    Also obviously your vehicle will be registered in Australia which will probably add to the red tape.

    It seems with Burma that the rules change often, and given the recent ‘opening up’ of the country and an increased willingness by the Government to engage with the outside world, it’s to be hoped those changes make things easier for travellers.

    My advice would be to contact the Myanmar embassy in Australia and explain what you’re planning and ask their advice. (If you’re a writre/journalist/photographer, it may be wise to leave those details out!)

    I’d be really interested to hear what the response is and even more interested in hearing some of your adventures when you make the trip.

    Hopefully DriverAbroad.com is useful in helping your planning too as it will cover driving in all the countries you’ll be travelling through- Also have you checked out my page on driving your own vehicle abroad?



  3. Driver Abroad


    Attached is a recent post from Horizons Unlimited, which is a bit like DriverAbroad.com but for motorcyclists. As of earlier in 2012, they didnt seem to think it was possible to drive their own bike into/across Burma. As I said though, check with the Burmese embassy for the most up to date advice.



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