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Burmese visa: Arrival visa or eVisa?
With Myanmar becoming increasingly crowded, one of the most frequently asked question we get from our Myanmar readership is how to get a visa. With breathtaking peaks, gorgeous dawn and amazing indigenous cultures, it is no wonder that more and more travellers and visitors to Myanmar are in Southeast Asia.
Indeed, Myanmar is now a popular stopover in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, where most backpacker tourists stop. I will describe in this paper how to get a visa for Myanmar, as well as its expiry date and cost. Some years ago it was still possible to get a visa on entry, but today the Myanmar authorities seemed to have taken it away except for a few nationality groups.
Coming from one of the neighbouring ASEA countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand or Vietnam), you can apply for a visa upon entry that allows you to move indoors. There are two possibilities for those who are not ASEAN citizens and wish to visit Myanmar.
Either you can get into the Philippines by sending your visa applications to a specific Myanmar consulate or via their electronic visa applications. While there are some agencies for those who submit their applications online who say they can make arrangements for you, you can also go to the website of the Ministry of Immigration to request your own.
From April 2018 they will be able to speed up their service so that you can request a standard tourist visa, the results of which will be emailed to you within 24h. However, there are a number of regulations to be observed before submitting an application: Currently, eVisa travelers are only allowed into Myanmar through the following ports: If you travel to Myanmar by ferry, you must obtain a visa in advance, as eVisa is not accepted at any of the sea harbours.
The remaining eVisa application procedures for Myanmar can be found here. Burmese Visa Expenses & Validity: It is important to remember that the eVisa visa application form is 90 day from the date of issue. You have 28 additional working day visas, which can be extended for another 14 additional working day, giving you 42-day time.
It is also important to know where you are in Myanmar, as you are only permitted to spend the night in Myanmar in licensed accommodation. eVisa Myanmar costs: $56 (as of May 2018) for upgraded rates, please visit the above link website.
Aside from eVisa, a more secure way to get a visa for Myanmar is to apply at your local Burma/Myanmar Missions. Here you can get a visa in 1-2 working nights or you have an expedited delivery on the same date, which is much more expens. It' important to be here early as the visa centre is only open from 9.00-12.00 o'clock.
While we were in Thailand, we learnt from our own experiences that it is best to prematurely review the web pages of the Thai authorities when they are shut down for a bank holidays! To obtain your visa from the closest embassy, you will need two passportpictures, a copy in hard copy, as well as a copy of your passport's name.
Once you have accelerated your visa, you must present your flight to Myanmar. Once you arrive in Myanmar, there is no lack of activities. You are strongly advised to visit this two-week tour of Myanmar with the best activities in the state.
When you are looking for a one-stop store for airfare, trips and activity in the countryside, I also suggest Flymya, a regional tourist company offering cheap domestic itineraries. You can find more inspirations in our extensive Myanmar guidebook and in our What to World in Myanmar guidebook, which will help you find out what to take with you on this one.
Hopefully this paper has help you find out when and where you can get a Myanmar visa.