Everything You Need to Know about Myanmar Visa

As a emerging hub of tourism, Myanmar has been attracting large number of visitors every year. Before getting into this golden land, one of your first preparation must be visa. Below are general knowledge you need to know, regarding visa application process.

» TO BE NOTED THAT: From Oct 1st 2018, Myanmar Government allows visa - free entry by air and land for travellers from South Korea and Japan (1 year trial). Additionally, visitors from Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Russia, Spain, mainland China including Hong Kong and Macau can apply for Myanmar Visa on Arrival at Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyidaw international airport at the cost of $50 USD per person. The validity can last up to 30 days from the date of entry and cannot be extended. 

From 1st Jan 2020, travellers from Austria, Hungary, New Zealand, Czech and Luxembourg  are permitted to get Myanmar Visa on Arrival as well. The trial policy will last for 3 years.

So, what about visitors from other country? How to apply for a Myanmar Visa. Let find out with Myanmar Group Tours.

There are 2 ways to get a Myanmar visa - Online and via Embassy.

1. Electronic visa (or eVisa)

eVisa system, as coming into effect since late 2014, has made the visa application process become much easier. There are two types of visa open for online application: tourist and business.

You will need to prepare these necessary things in order to apply for a Myanmar evisa:

  • A valid passport for the next 6 months.
  • A color recent photo (4.8cm x 3.8cm), taken within the past 3 months.
  • An invitation letter from a local company in Myanmar with which you are about to partner (For Business visa)
  • Credit cards of American Express, JCB, Visa and Master for processing payment.

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Your photo must meet these requirements.

And after filling in the visa application, submitting and making a payment sucessful at the offical website of Myanmar evisa, you will receive an acknowledgement letter in within 1 hour. Then, the approval process will last for 3 days (Myanmar time, except for weekends and public holidays. See the list of Myanmar's public holidays here) with normal Tourist visa and 24 hours for Tourist Visa Express (all year round). When you get visa approval letter, present it to immigration officer upon arrival to get a stamp or a visa sticker in your passport.

To be noted that the aprroval letter is not a confirmed Visa letter. It will have the validity for 90 days upon reception; otherwise you have to start the application again.

Your Business visa is valid for up to 70 days after entry, while Tourist visa last for only 28 days, plus the chance to extend for another 14, giving you a total of 42 days (see more details of Myanmar visa exemption list below).

You will have to pay $50 USD application fee for a normal tourist visa; $56USD for tourist visa express and $70 USD for Business visa. Bear in mind that it is non-refundable.

» These are 6 ports of entry that allow tourist with eVisa to enter Myanmar:

  • Yangon International Airport
  • Mandalay International Airport
  • Nay Pyi Taw International Airport
  • Tachileik Land Border Checkpoint
  • Myawaddy Land Border Checkpoint
  • Kawthaung Land Border Checkpoint
  • Tamu Land Border Checkpoint
  • Rih Khaw Dar Land Border Checkpoint

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Passport control at Yangon International Airport

» Citizens of the following countries are allow to extend their stay in Myanmar:

No Country Name Exemption Period
1 Brunei 14 days
2 Cambodia 14 days
3 Indonesia 14 days
4 Laos 14 days
5 Phillipines 14 days
6 Thailand 14 days
7 Singapore 30 day
8 Vietnam 14 days

» Countries that are eligible to apply for Myanmar Evisa:

No Country Name No Country Name No  Country Name No Country Name
1  Albania 27  Ecuador 53  Korea, Republic 79  Romania
2  Algeria 28  Egypt 54  Kuwait 80  Russia
3  Argentina 29  Eritrea 55  Kyrgyzstan 81  Saudi Arabia
4  Australia 30  Estonia 56  Laos 82  Serbia
5  Austria 31  Fiji 57  Latvia 83  Singapore
6  Bangladesh 32  Finland 58  Lithuania 84  Slovakia
7  Belarus 33  France 59  Luxembourg 85  Slovenia
8  Belgium 34  Georgia 60  Malaysia 86  South Africa
9  Bhutan 35  Germany 61  Maldive 87  Spain
10  Bolivia 36  Ghana 62  Malta 88  Sri lanka
11  Bosnia 37  Greece 63  Mauritius 89  Sweden
12  Brazil 38  Guatemala 64  Mexico 90  Switzerland
13  Brunei 39  Guinea 65  Monaco 91  Taiwan
14  Bulgaria 40  Hungary 66  Mongolia 92  Thailand
15  Cambodia 41  Iceland 67  Morocco 93  Turkey
16  Cameroon 42  India 68  Nepal 94  Uganda
17  Canada 43  Indonesia 69  Netherlands 95  Ukraine
18  Chile 44  Ireland 70  New Zeland 96  United Kingdom
19  China 45  Israel 71  Norway 97  United States of America
20  Colombia 46  Italy 72  Pakistan 98  Uruguay
21  Costa Rica 47  Jamaica 73  Panama 99  Uzbekistan
22  Côte d’Ivoire 48  Japan 74  Peru 100  Venezuela
23  Croatia 49  Jordan 75  Philippines 101  Viet Nam
24  Cyprus 50  Kazakhstan 76  Poland    
25  CZECH 51  Kenya 77  Portugal    
26  Denmark 52  Korea, DPR 78  Qatar    

2. Embassy application

For some reasons, you are failed to apply for an eVisa, you can still apply for Myanmar Visa via Burmese Embassies and Consulates in your own country or in China and Southeast Asia.

Furthermore, visa application through Embassy is made for special types of visa and re-entry visas.

  • Special visas

There are 8 types of visa in this category: social visa, religious visa, study visa, journalism visa, private flight crew visa, seminar/conference/research visa and transit visa.

Apart from the rest 28-day visas, the religious and study visas last for 70 days.

Three visas for: seminars, private flight crews and 24 hour transit can also be attained on arrival at three international airports of Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Tarv.

  • Re-entry visas

Re-entry visa is for your stay extension.

Head to the Residence Permit Section of the Office for Foreign Citizen Affairs at number 122 Pansodan Street, in Yangon, to apply for a special re-entry visa for the country.

» For more useful Myanmar travel guides & tips, check out: https://grouptourmyanmar.com/myanmar-travel-guide

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