The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its advice on travelling to Burma, following the outbreak of violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities. Visitors are urged to avoid the state of Rakhine. Despite the fact that this is not an area typically frequented by tourists, the unrest risks the whole country's stability.
The government has declared a state of emergency after rioting spurred killing on both sides. The violence is at its worst since a reformist government replaced a military junta last year.
Conversely, there has been an influx of tourists visiting Burma. The New York Times ranked the country third on its list of the top 45 destinations of 2012.
There are however problems with infrastructure development and even hoteliers admit the situation is unsustainable. International arrivals have soared, with almost 365,000 foreigners flying into Yangon in 2011, a 22% increase on the previous year.
There are high terrorism threats in Burma and visitors are advised to avoid all large gatherings and avoid taking photographs of the military, police or demonstrations. Travellers are also advised to exercise caution in the border areas with Thailand, Laos and China. There is ongoing conflict in parts of the Kachin State and the far north of Shan State.
For more information, please see the FCO website.
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