Questions about obtaining a Myanmar visa? Look no further than this travel guide for all the information
Unless you’re a national of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand or Vietnam, you’ll need a Visa to enter the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. While aforementioned residents of those six countries can enjoy 14 days of visa-free travel, the rest of us can apply for a 28-day tourist Myanmar visa with an option to extend a further 14 days for a total of 42 days.
Pro-Tip: Visas on arrival are no longer available for tourists entering Myanmar.
Applying for Myanmar tourist’s visas is a relatively simple process by applying here at the Ministry of Immigration and Population website or at the airport upon arrival. eVisas cost $50 USD plus a $10 USD service charge. It takes 3 to 7 days to process and entry only available at the Yangon International Airport, Nay Pyi Taw International Airport and Mandalay International Airport. A couple of things you’ll need to bring with you on arrival in Myanmar: A passport with at least 6 months validity, a color passport size photo, a credit card to pay processing fee (if not paid already online; Visa, MasterCard, American Express and JCB all accepted), name and address of the hotel, guest house or inn that you will be staying in and printed copy of your eVisa (not required but highly recommended). Pro-Tip: Some Myanmar businesses accept United States Dollars and money changers take only crisp, flat and unmarked bills. Traveling with flat and crisp bills can be rather difficult, however another useful and incredibly handy tip is storing them inside a book. Make sure to check out the official Arrival T&Cs before you enter Myanmar as the immigration authority has a reputation for being quite strict.
Applying for a Myanmar Visa from Thailand
Most travelers who make their way to Myanmar can save a bit of money by obtaining their visa in Thailand. A quick visit to the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok is all it takes, however the visa section opens only from 9am to 12pm. You’ll need to arrive early as large queues are known to form. You’ll also need to bring two passport photos and a copy of your personal details page in your passport. Conveniently, there is a copy machine at the Embassy. Standard visas are ready in two working days and cost only 810 Thai Baht (~$22.50 USD) which saves over 50% from the eVisa! 1-Day expedited visas run 1,035 baht (~$28.75 USD) or for same day pick up (along with proof of a flight to the Golden Land within 24 hours) runs 1,260 baht (~$35 USD). Each option saves considerable cash compared to the $50 USD eVisa and is a favorite travel tip for backpackers and travelers on a budget.
The big news for business travelers is that you can now apply online for a visa! All you’ll need to submit is a “Color Passport Size Photo”, “Letter of Invitation” and “Company Registration (Certificate of Incorporation)” during your application. The Online Business eVisa transaction fee is $70 USD and it is non-refundable.
|Sr.||Type of Visa||Duration of Stay|
|(a)||Tourist Visa||28 days|
|(b)||Business Visa||70 days|
|(c)||Entry Visa (Entry Visa)||28 days|
|Entry Visa (Social Visa)||28 days|
|Entry Visa (Meditation)||Prescribed periods|
|(d)||Transit Visa||24 hours|
|(e)||Diplomatic Visa||Prescribed periods|
|(f)||Multiple Journey Entry Visa||70 days|
|(g)||On Arrival Visa (Entry Visa)||28 days|
|On Arrival Visa (Business Visa)||70 days|
|On Arrival Visa (Transit Visa)||24 hours|
Courtesy: MyanmarVisa.com; Prices in USD
You can fill out the official Myanmar Extension Form Here
For more information, check out the Myanmar Visa FAQ Sheet Here