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Information on visas and borders for Burma (Myanmar)
Do you want to know about Burma (Myanmar) transit and customs checks? Burma's vision system is developing. eVisa has come for visitors! eVisa 28 is US$50 (paid with Master Card or Visa) and you can register on-line at the formal website http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/. Upload a photograph and fill in the information, file your request and then await authorization; it takes up to three (3) business days to process and you have 90 workingdays from the issue date to get it activated.
As soon as you have received your acceptance certificate by e-mail, please list it and take it with you - you must present it when you arrive. At the moment Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw Airport are accepting these eVisas. For just about anyone, a touristic visas gives you four week (28 days) to get around Burma as long as you are staying in inns and hotel accommodation.
As of November 2013, the agencies have started to allow the application of a Tourism Authorization on arrivals (VOA) through a travelling agent before arriving in Yangon (Rangoon). However, at the beginning of 2014, the maintenance options were abandoned, then returned and then revoked. A number of agencies still seem to be able to obtain a visitor's permit upon your departure, but it is best to obtain your permit in advance at an immigration office.
This can take up to five working hours and usually cost around $30. You can extend your touristic visas for an official period of two additional week, with all necessary papers. If you know that you will be staying longer than 28 nights, you can even send in your application before your arrival. Speak to an Embassy or your local agency beforehand to get the latest document download.
The overdraft charge is only US$3 per full working days for the first 30 nights; the charge is US$5 per full working days, for every 30th. It' s a straightforward and straightforward option for most IF and IF you don't intend to register at another accommodation or guest house after your travel permit has been issued; accommodation and guest houses review your travel permit during check-in and most will never allow a foreign national to enter after their travel it.
Theoretically, there is no distinction between arrival and departure by plane or overland. Previously purchased visas are well received and payment of overdraft charges at shore transfers is as simple as payment at IMA. A number of ground control posts - especially those with low levels of movement - have a tendency to tell a strange tale about an army commander who does not know the present customs and regulation of the present system of visas.
Travellers can cross Burma from Thailand, choosing between Tachilek, Myawaddy and Kawthaung. On the Thai side of the crossroads are Mae Sai, Mae Sot and Ranong. What kind of crossroads could be suitable for you? Tachilek to Shan state, from Mae Sai in Chiang Rai, has long been a favorite travel stop with 500 Bt temp passports that allow you to stay in Tachilek city or, if it was calm, a short journey to Kengtung (Kyaingtong).
Tachilek itself has little more than a vast frontier town, but it has flights to Mandalay and Heho, while the three-hour ride along a proper street to Kengtung opens up unbelievable hiking opportunities with its countless nearby hill tribe-districts. Kengengung has several good properties and an international airfield.
Theoretically Air Bagan flies three times a week to Heho (stop in Kengtung and Tachilek), while Yangon Airways also claims to be flying three times a week from both locations via Mandalay to Heho. In fact, if you are going to continue your journey from Tachilek, this is currently your only possibility, as the street just south of Taungyii is not open formally to international traffic for safety reasons (and it is also a horrible road).
In Myawaddy, from Mae Sot, the Kayin or Karen State checkpoint is not quite as comfortable for travelers, and once across the borders the possibilities are narrow. Myawaddy has, as anticipated, a large, busy frontier but not much more, although it has a "road" to the state capitol Hpa-An and the coastal resort of Myawaddy which is also the closest international airfield to the frontier.
It is not in good condition and the journey by coach will depend on street and meteorological condition. Cruising to Burma's most southern point Kawthaung (formerly Victoria Point) from Ranong was also a favorite destination for visas. It has also been open to restricted entry for some considerable amounts of Thai money so that guests can refresh their Thai visas, make withdrawals at the Grenzkasino or visit some of the stunning northern shores of the city.
Although we have hear from travelers who make it as far as Yangon, your formal opportunities from here are again restricted due to traffic and safety constraints. When you write, the Myanmar authorities do not allow you to take the northern roads to Mergui or Dawei. When it comes to the visit of these archipelagoes, it is still the best choice at the moment to book a dive safari in Phuket or Khao Lak.
The flight plans (although Burma's national flight plans are known to be untrustworthy and the drivers often only know where they are going just before take-off) show that the aircraft will make a dayly round trip through Yangon, Mawlamyine and/or Dawei, perhaps Mergui and with a bit of good fortune Kawthaung. This is definitely a big leap in the right directions, even if it doesn't make all of Burma sail.
Remember that these transitions are all in very isolated areas, that local carriers must still take business concerns into consideration in their planning and that the Myanmar authorities do not have the funds to build long roads alone - so things will only be changing gradually.
Provided that the talks with Shan and Karen organizations remain fertile and the need is there, the opportunities for travelling will further increase and the areas will open up. Dispatched every Monday, our newsletters are full of tips, updates and promotions.