How To Get a Myanmese Visa? Do I Need A Visa for Myanmar

Yes, you need a visa before you get on a plane to Burma! There are some VERY few exceptions involving pe-paying for a tour, but for anyone who is traveling you have to get a visa before arrival. Where do you get a visa? Well for many people the answer will be either:

  • your nearest Myanmese emabassy, or;
  • Bangkok, Thailand

Getting a  Myanmar Visa In Bangkok

The Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok is efficient and will even issue a visa in one day if you are flying very soon. However it,  like every other embassy in the world is open Monday to Friday and closed all Thai AND Burmese holidays. Apart from that come early, before they open, prepared with enough cash, photos and filled in forms and you will be just fine. See here for more details

Alternative Places to Get a Myanmar Visa

If you live in Australia, Canada, UK, US and many European countries you will find there is a local Embassy, their rules appear to vary, but it’s always some variation of about $35 plus 2 photos plus an application form.

If you don’t live in a country that has a Burmese Embassy e.g. New Zealand, then you will need to courier to the nearest one – for us Kiwis it’s Canberra, Australia. This will mean that you will be up for the price of an international money order, and an international courier. I also had to add A$20 to the bill to pay for the return courier (you can’t send a pre-paid courier bag overseas, go figure!)

Also give it plenty of time, mine took 5 weeks back in September – it’s now even longer! On the plus side – it’s a real pretty visa!

How Long Is a Myanmar Visa Valid For?

This seems to provide endless confusion – but the Burmese do this the same way everyone else does. ALL tourist visas are valid for 28 days from entry.  You have to ENTER the country within the validity of the visa. So with the above visa I could enter the country on any day from the 21 September to the 20 December and stay for 28 days from that entry date. I’m sure they will stamp my visa with the date I need to leave by on entry.

What happens if you overstay? Surprisingly little it appears! For a country for many years only issued 7-day visas (which were an improvement on the earlier 24 HOUR visas) – they are very relaxed with over stayers  People claim that you are charged $3/day fee on exit. The problem may be that some hotels won’t take you if your visa has expired.

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  1. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen) on December 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    We’re getting our Myanmar visa next week — they’re working on it now! Super excited to be heading there for the first time in a few weeks.

    • Elisabeth on December 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      I’m sure you’re have a ball – it’s an incredible country- I’ve just spent several days sorting through my photos!

  2. Koren on December 15, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Good tips – I’ve heard it’s difficult to get the Visa. (Though I’m so paranoid about identity theft I probably wouldn’t post mine online!) How was the trip – did you love it?!

    • Elisabeth on December 15, 2012 at 7:17 am

      No the visa wasn’t hard to get at all, the requirements vary slightly depending on where you are applying, but it’s not hard. It can be time-consuming though as some of the embassys are very over-loaded! Great trip check out my new posts (coming soon) on the topic

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