Getting Myanmar Visa In Bangkok

Myanmar Visa On Arrival is available now. All you need to do is to submit your passport details online to get the visa approval letter (about 4 working days). Then present it at Yangon airport in Myanmar when you arrive. My own experience and the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok might help if you are planning a short trip or holiday then this article will give you how to get Myanmar Visa In Bangkok with step by step guide.Getting Myanmar visa in Bangkok is quite easy, because the embassy holds three weekly sessions for the visa application. You need to arrive 30 minutes early beforehand in order to fill in the application form and pay 1,350 Thai Baht as the visa fee. After that you can proceed with taking passport photos. If your photos take more than 5 minutes, please let the staff behind the counter know. [Text version: Click Here ]

Getting Myanmar Visa In Bangkok

Visa requirements for Myanmar (Burma) vary from country to country. This article will be mainly focused on travel visa application procedures for citizens of Thailand and owners of principle permanent address in Thailand. ✔ Approval Period:   – Single Entry Tourist Visa: 3 days, Multiple Entry Tourist Visa: 15 days

Getting a Burma (Myanmar) visa in Bangkok

Getting a visa for Burma (Myanmar) in Bangkok can seem difficult as there is a lot of conflicting information out there, but the process isn’t quite as hard as some would have you believe. Getting the visa is fairly straightforward, but making sure that you have all of the necessary documents available is important.

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As of the date of posting, the visa-on-arrival for tourists program has been suspended so getting a visa before departure is required. The officially required documents to get a visa are:

A passport with six months of validity
Two passport-sized photos
A completed visa application
A completed employment history
A minimum of 810 baht
A photocopy of your passport

Processing takes two business days (i.e. submit forms on Monday morning, visa is ready for pick up Wednesday afternoon). A same-day visa is available; proof is required in the form of airline tickets departing within 48 hours and costs 1,260 baht and a next day service is available for 1,035 baht.

Arrive at the visa office early as only so many visas are processed each day and you need to get a number. The visa office opens 9:00–12:00 and 15:30–16:30. Upon arrival, line up for the form (not available online) and immediately fill it out. The employment history is on the rear side of the form and is designed to weed out possible aid workers or journalists entering on a tourist visa; if you are an aid worker or a journalist (or have things in your employment history that might suggest that you once were or possibly will be) you might want to consider some creative revision of your past. Your correspondent has enjoyed a long career as a carpenter and brewer. Return to the window for a number – applicants are only given a number when your application is complete. Wait until your number is called, and then proceed to be interviewed and pay the visa fee.

Most applicants are not asked any serious questions in the interview (it happens at the window, not in a locked room in the basement) but might be required to confirm departure dates or airline tickets – bring copies of your itinerary. Applicants are given a receipt with a date stamped on it. Return to the embassy on the day indicated and pick up your visa, process complete.

If you are after an express visa, you must have a printed out copy of your flight ticket. A screenshot on your iPhone is not acceptable.

Embassy of Myanmar (Burma) in Bangkok
132 Sathorn Nua Rd (corner of Pramuan Rd near Surasak BTS), Bangkok
Visa office open 09:00–12:00 and 15:30–16:30, Mon-Fri

The Embassy of Myanmar enjoys many public holidays (as we learned at great expense… twice), including every Burmese and Thai holiday, plus a few extra random days for good measure.

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Myanmar Visa In Bangkok: How To Get It

Applying for a Myanmar visa in Bangkok is surprisingly straightforward if you know where to go. Here’s some tips on making it easy on yourself.

Apply Online For A Myanmar Tourist Visa

On September 1st 2014 the Myanmar government launched an official online tourist visa application website. You can apply and pay for your tourist visa through the website. You are required to upload a passport photo of yourself during the application process plus show proof of your return air ticket. The visa is $50. Note that the visa is not instantly issued – you are emailed an approval letter within 5 days of applying, which you then show on arrival at Yangon to Myanmar Immigration and get your tourist visa placed in your passport.

Please note – I have not tried the service and cannot vouch for its efficiency. Also note that airline check-in staff may not be aware of the new online tourist visa application and so refuse to accept your visa approval letter as proof you do indeed have a visa – which means they might not let you on the plane. It will probably be fine, but be aware you might need to explain the visa situation.

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How To Get A Myanmar Visa In Bangkok – UPDATE November 2012:

Travelhappy reader George provided this very handy summary of the current visa process:

Hi Chris and all readers, just a quick update/some tips:
1. Embassy is open from 9:00-12:00 for visa application. Visa collection is now from 15:30-16:30. The afternoon opening hours appear to have been limited to that now (the other hours which were 13:00-15:00 are taped off with black tape).
2. I got there at 8:30 on Wednesday (24th Oct) and there was already a queue about 30 meters long. I asked the first people in the queue what time they had started queuing. They said 6:30am. So I guess if you want to be in the front bit of the queue you should be there by around 7:00am. The doors opened at 9:00am sharp. I found the people at the embassy friendly and fast by the way.
3. Rather than wait for the embassy to open to get the forms, arrive early and then walk 100m down the street until you see a yellow sign indicating copy shop. This is in a small alley. There you can have your passport and tickets copied for a few baht (I paid 12 I think for 3 copies). The good thing is, they have aircon, and they have the forms. So you can sit down at their table, and fill out the forms, stick your passport photos on, etc. and be completely ready when you enter the embassy – it sucks if you have to get forms and queue again. This little shop provides an excellent service.

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How To Get A Myanmar Visa In Bangkok – Original story:

Today I picked up my tourist visa for Myanmar, where I’ll be heading this Saturday. Getting a visa for Myanmar in Bangkok is pretty straightforward if you know how the Myanmar Embassy works.

Myanmar tourist visas take two working days to process at the Bangkok Myanmar Embassy and currently cost 810 Thai Baht. You can pay an extra fee of around 300 Baht (I think) and collect your visa the same day provided you arrive to apply for it first thing in the morning. You then pick it up in the afternoon.

The Myanmar Embassy is open for visa applications from 9 am to 12 noon. The earlier you get there, the better. All you need to do is fill in the Tourist Visa form (A4 size) and the Arrival Form (A5 size), affix a passport sized photo to each form and then queue up on the right hand side to hand in your passport and application forms and pay your visa fee. At the time of writing, the tourist visa forms are currently located on the left hand side of the counter and the business visa forms are located on the right hand side, so make sure you have a tourist visa form.

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Filling out the tourist visa form is straightforward. Remember to avoid writing anything controversial under Occupation like “journalist” or “photographer”. Keep it as bland as possible. Similarly, write the name of the first hotel you are staying at – or one you have seen in your guidebook – under the space for your Place of Residence during your visit. (You can book Myanmar hotels online with Agoda – be warned, the huge influx of tourists into Myanmar since 2012 means that accommodation is in short supply. It is strongly recommended that you book your hotel in advance as there often no rooms available at any price. See How Much Money Do I Need For Myanmar for a breakdown of what to budget for a Burma trip).

Depending on the queue, you can file your forms within an hour or so. The earlier you get there the more chance you have of beating the queue. It is common sense to not leave getting a Myanmar visa to the last minute – give yourself a few days space before you depart for Myanmar in case any problems occur. Remember that the Embassy will be shut on both Myanmar and Thai holiday days – as it was when I applied for my visa – which will delay your visa pickup by one more day.

Collecting the visa is best done in the morning, before 12 noon. The official collection time in the afternoon is from 3pm onwards, NOT from 1pm when the Embassy reopens after lunch. If you arrive at 1pm to collect your visa (as I did), you will be standing around waiting for at least half an hour until the officials finish whatever work they are doing and decide to start handing out completed visas earlier than 3pm.

The Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok is located at 132, Sathorn Nua Rd in Silom. It is very near to Surasak BTS Skytrain station. From Surasak station, go to Exit 3. Walk down onto street level and then turn right when you get to the bottom of the stairs so that you are walking along the pavement underneath the Skytrain station. You will pass the Skytrain’s escalator entrance. If you don’t, you are walking the wrong way down Sathorn Road!

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Continue walking up the busy Sathorn Road for about 200 metres. You will arrive at a forbidding grey looking wall with big spikes on top at the corner of Sathorn Road and Thanon Pan. This is the Myanmar Embassy. Walk a few metres down the side road Thanon Pan and you will find the entrance to the Myanmar Embassy’s Visa section. It is a unmarked steel door with no handle. See the photo above.

If you find yourself waiting around during the Embassy’s lunch hour, there is the Thailand Book Tower another few metres after the Myanmar Embassy along Sathorn Road which has a cafe and English language newspapers. There is also an S&P Cafe on the opposite side of the road accessible by a pedestrian bridge if you need a full lunch. S&P does very good coffee – lattes, cappuccino etc etc.

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