By Mary Charie / 08/03/2019

[UPDATED 2019] Myanmar Visa Guide:
How to Apply for Myanmar Visa

Must See in Myanmar

Bagan sunrise

Myanmar or Burma is very new in the tourism industry. Due to government issues and highly controversial history, Myanmar has been isolated from the rest of the world for at least 60 years.

However, even it was as early as 1992 when the government of Myanmar encourages tourism in its country, only since 2010 when the tourist was attracted to visit. This Myanmar visa guide article will help you how to get a visa to Myanmar no matter is your nationality.

In this post, you will also find out how much it cost to get an evisa for Myanmar, ways to get an evisa, and other travel tips.

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HOW TO APPLY FOR MYANMAR TOURIST VISA

There are only 7 countries who are exempted from visa for 14 days in Myanmar. These countries are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand (only by air), and Vietnam. While Singapore passport holders have 30 days free of visa.

If you are a passport holder of the countries above and wishing to stay longer than 14 days, you can apply for an eVisa.

While on the other side, Myanmar launched the eVisa to almost half of the world. Check here or here to see if you are eligible for an eVisa.

Other countries that are eligible for eVisa but are not mentioned in the links above are Denmark, Italy, Finland, Germany, Sweden, and the UK.

WHERE TO GET YOUR E-VISA

Embassy

Burmese Embassies are starting to settle throughout the world now. Applying for a visa through a Burmese embassy is cheaper and sometimes faster. There is a Burmese embassy in Bangkok.

Visa Cost

30 USD for Tourist Visa

Processing time

There is an option for same day or 3 days.

Applying through the Embassy in Bangkok, here are the steps:

  • Show up to the Embassy as early as possible
  • Fill out the form
  • Make sure you have an updated passport photo
  • An address of your hotel, hostel, or guest house
  • Passport with 6 months validity
  • Submit your application form together with your passport photo and your passport
  • Pay in cash (dollar, Thai baht, or credit card)
  • Check your receipt and come back on the day and/or time to pick up your passport

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Myanmar Visa guide

Myanmar visa stamp; entry and exit

Myanmar's Embassy in Bangkok

  • Address: 132, Sathorn Nua Road, Bangkok 10500
  • Note: Visa that is generated from the embassy could be used through a land border crossing.

Online

Applying for an eVisa is pretty easy and straightforward. All you need is to fill out the form and your passport with six months validity. Follow these steps for online eVisa application:

  • Go to this website
  • Select your eVisa type (Tourist / Business)
  • Choose your nationality
  • Choose your port of entry
  • Choose your reason to travel
  • Fill out the personal information
  • Upload your passport photo
  • On the address of accommodation, place a business address. Even you think you won't be staying there, it is necessary to get a valid commercial address.
  • Payment
Myanmar visa guide - how much is myanmar evisa

Visa Cost

50 USD for Tourist / 70 USD for Business

Visa Type and Length

Single Entry / 28 Days. The processing takes around 2-3 business days. You will receive your approval letter in your email. Remember to print it out.

Mode of Payment

Credit Card and Debit Card (Visa/MasterCard)

You can also apply through the official website for Myanmar eVisa.

HOW TO USE YOUR EVISA

On your approval letter, it is mention that you can only use your eVisa to enter and exit the country through the airport you chose during the application. However, some travellers said that you can actually use your eVisa by land or border crossing.

On my experience, I flew in through the airport I chose on my application. Though, I was able to exit the country through Myanmar - Thailand border (Myawaddy/Maesot).

Show your approval letter to the immigration officer when you enter Myanmar, a stamp of your visa validity will be placed on your passport.

Myanmar Visa Guide

Myanmar Visa Approval Letter

HOW TO EXTEND YOUR MYANMAR VISA

28 days doesn't seem enough when discovering the magical Myanmar, thus travellers tend to extend their stays if possible. Every time I try to look for a way to extend a visa in Myanmar, I always get a no, it's not possible or travellers who just lift their shoulders as an indication of I have got no idea. I also read that it's possible to extend your visa, however, it's a lot of work and time.

Looks like the best solution in this is to exit the country via land or air, apply for another evisa then enter Myanmar again where you can stay for another 28 days.

While I also heard about overstaying in Myanmar. The risk with overstaying your visa is hard to determine.  When exiting Myanmar, you have to pay $3 USD per day of your overstay. Even it's not much. it's recommended to overstay not more than 10 or 15 days. Another note is, it's better to pay for your overstay penalty through a land border than an airport. 

DISCLAIMER: If you decide to overstay your visa, A Mary Road is not responsible for your decision nor action.

RELATED ARTICLE: Don't miss these must-see places in Myanmar

TIP: CURRENCY EXCHANGE

ATMs are present in Myanmar but not everywhere and rather with expensive charge (5-10 USD per transaction). Change most of your dollars/euros in the airport, that's the best place you could get a good exchange rate.

I hope this article about Myanmar visa guide will be useful for you. Don't hesitate to message me with any questions.

About the author

Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog, she has been travelling since 2013. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

23comments
Axle Christien Tugano - 28/09/2017

Hi, Ma’am Charie. I am planning to visit Myanmar from Mae Sot, Thailand via land border. Is it visa free? Pls reply thanks

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Mitch - 23/08/2017

Hello,

So from PH passport, we can get a tourist visa upon arrival and just stay for 14 days right?

And also do you have an article regarding your tour in Myanmar like what have to know and everything.

Thank you for your clarification.

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    Mitch - 23/08/2017

    I saw the tour guide thing about Myanmar. Thanks 🙂

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    Mary Charie - 23/08/2017

    Hi Mitch, yes, visa free for 14 days, but as per legal rule, only if you arrive by air. Others claimed it’s possible for land crossing too, but I wouldn’t bet my life on it. I’m glad you enjoyed the other article too. If you need suggestion what tours to take, I can give you some 🙂

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    Axle Christien Tugano - 28/09/2017

    What do you mean Ms. Mary, they wouldn’t allow me to cross Myanmar via Mae Sot, Thailand?

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    Mary Charie - 28/09/2017

    Hi Axle according to the rules, travellers who will use free visa should arrive by air. However, some travellers said it worked for them.

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tony - 25/05/2017

14 days stay in myanmar means no need to apply for visa , maam? thank you

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    Mary Charie - 25/05/2017

    Hi Tony, I’m taking that you hold a PH passport? IF yes, then yes, you can enter and travel Myanmar for 14 days without visa.

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    tony - 26/05/2017

    okay mam , thank you same as cambodia

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    Mary Charie - 26/05/2017

    Cambodia is 21 days 🙂

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    tony - 26/05/2017

    big tahnak you mam

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evisa vietnam - 17/02/2017

Your style is very unique compared to other folks I have read stuff from.

Many thanks for posting when you’ve got the
opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this web site.

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    Mary Charie - 17/02/2017

    I’m glad you found this article useful. Thank you!! 🙂

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Vyjay - 05/08/2016

Burma is an exotic land with a unique charm and allure, thanks for the wealth of information on how to be able to enter this wonderful land.

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    Mary Charie - 11/08/2016

    No worries Vyjay! Glad you liked it! 🙂

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Karlaroundtheworld | Karla - 02/08/2016

Myanmar has always been a great Asian country and they have their own wonderful sights as well. I hope this helps a lot of us to try going there, now’s a great time to do it!

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    Mary Charie - 11/08/2016

    I cannot agree enough! Myanmar has stolen my heart! 🙂

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Tracie Howe - 02/08/2016

This is great to share with people wanting to visit! I would highlight the fact that the official eVisa website really is legitimate. When I applied I had to wonder where I was actually sending my money! But I got a Visa easily!

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    Mary Charie - 11/08/2016

    Totally understandable Tracie! Because when you travel, every dollar counts! 😀

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Lynn - 29/07/2016

Great and informative post! Visas are an unfortunate fact of life for travelers, it’s good to see us helping each other out!

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    Mary Charie - 11/08/2016

    It’s something that travellers cannot be an expert about! 😀

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Chris - 28/07/2016

I think it was as far back as 2005/2006 that Sarah and her mum were tourists in Burma, however I have been told that it has changed so much since then!

Visa advice is great, however I would always recommend people check the current requirements/conditions for their nationality themselves 🙂

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    Mary Charie - 11/08/2016

    For sure! especially now that Burma is stepping their tourism level up, there will be heaps of changes from time to time.

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