Myanmar: Visa and Entry (2019)

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Here you will find everything you need to know about your entry to Myanmar. Whether eVisa, costs, application time, requirements or entry by land - I have put together the answers to the most important questions in this article.

Would you like to travel to the most beautiful destinations in Myanmar ? Then you should take care of a few organizational tasks in advance. In addition to a good travel credit card , health care and travel health insurance , this includes the question of how visas and entry into Myanmar are regulated.

It doesn't matter whether you are traveling as a backpacker, want to book a private Myanmar tour or take part in a group tour . The requirements are the same for all tourist visas.

Myanmar: Visa Entry

Note: The entry requirements for Myanmar have been changed repeatedly in recent years. The status of the information in this article is from December 2019. All information is checked regularly. Nevertheless, the information is without guarantee. Legally binding information is only available directly from the embassies. If you notice any changes, we look forward to a short message. You are helping us and other travelers.

Myanmar: Entry without a visa

It is not possible to enter Myanmar without a visa previously applied for. A tourist visa must be applied for online or at the Burmese embassy.

In most cases, whether you are in possession of a visa or an approval letter is checked before arrival, e.g. at the check-in for the flight to Myanmar.

Update October 2019: A visa on arrival is being tested for the period of 12 months, for which no previous application is necessary. Travelers from six countries can look forward to this. More on this in the next paragraph.

Myanmar: Visa on arrival

Myanmar has been testing the Visa on Arrival for the following six nations since October 1, 2019:

  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Australia
  • Russia.

This means that you currently do not need to apply for a visa in advance as a corresponding citizen (but still can). The Visa on Arrival is issued at the international airports Mandalay, Yangon and Nay Pyi Daw. The trial runs for a year, and the Burmese government will decide whether to continue with this procedure or to abolish the Visa on Arrival for these six nations.

The following things have to be considered:

  1. On the official pages there is talk of an “ordinary passport”. This could mean that a temporary passport will not be accepted. UPDATE December 2019: In a Myanmar Facebook group, a traveler reported that she received the Visa on arrival with no problems with a temporary passport. However, there is still no official announcement on the subject.
  2. The visa fee upon arrival is $ 50 (matching, cash and with undamaged banknotes!) And the length of stay (in Myanmar) is 30 days.
  3. The entry visa (tourist) is only issued for tourist purposes.
  4. An extension is not possible
  5. The applicant must leave an international airport in Myanmar.

Anyone who has been to Myanmar may ask: Do I really not need a photo? The answer is: no, actually not.

While an image must definitely be uploaded when applying for the e-visa, none is required for the visa on arrival.

The "application", if you can speak of it, goes as follows: After leaving the plane, look for the "Visa on Arrival" counter and have your passport and US $ 50 ready. The mostly very friendly Burmese official takes both of them off, disappears into a back room and returns your passport with a visa stuck in after a few minutes.

There is also a list of when the visa is valid. Then you line up with the other tourists for the final passport control, where this visa is then checked and stamped again. It is just as straightforward as it sounds - much easier than the e-visa.

It looks like this: Visa on arrival without photo

Apply for Myanmar visa online (e-visa)

An e-visa for Myanmar is the most common way, the processing runs smoothly in most cases. Make sure to use the government’s official link .

There you fill in the web form, upload your digital biometric passport photo and pay the fee by credit card . A few days later - usually on the following working day - you will receive your so-called "Visa Approval Letter" as a PDF by email. You print out the approval letter and show it at the immigration control. You will then receive a stamp in your passport and the journey can begin.

If you are traveling with a child under the age of 7, you can simply add the child's name and birthday to the visa application (but note that children always need their own passport). A separate visa application must be completed for older children.

With the e-visa you can enter all international airports (Yangon, Mandalay, Naypyidaw). In addition, the e-visa is accepted at the border crossings Tachileik, Myawaddy and Kawthaung (all Thailand) as well as Tamu and Rih Khaw Dar (India). When applying for a visa, you have to state at which border you are entering Myanmar, so you should think about it beforehand. When leaving, one of the border crossings / airports just mentioned must also be used, but you do not have to specify anything in advance in this regard.

The tourist visa or the approval letter is valid for 90 days from the date of issue and entitles you to a 28-day stay from the date of stamping (day of entry).

Apply for a Myanmar visa at the embassy in Berlin

The tourist visa can also be applied for in person or by post at the Burmese embassy in Berlin. Visa applications are accepted daily from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Make sure that you apply for your visa in good time - this should be done at least four weeks before entry. Visa fees can be paid in cash or transferred in advance (don't forget your receipt!).

Important note about your passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry. The temporary passport is accepted in Myanmar.

Interesting facts about the visa

Visa for Myanmar: what are the costs?

The tourist visa costs $ 50 as an e-visa, in the express version plus additional fees of $ 6. A visa from the Burmese embassy costs you 40 EUR.

What documents do I need to apply for my Myanmar visa?

For a tourist visa you should have the following documents / information ready:

  • Your passport that is valid for at least 6 months
  • Your current biometric passport photo in color (two copies when applying via the embassy, ​​digital form for the e-visa)
  • Your return travel data (when applying via the embassy, ​​a copy of the ticket)
  • The address of your first accommodation
  • When applying through the embassy: two copies of the completed visa application
  • When applying by post: A stamped and addressed return envelope

Myanmar visa: duration of the application

The processing of the e-visa is very quick with a duration of 1-3 working days, mostly the visa is in the e-mail inbox on the next working day. For those in a hurry there is even a 24-hour express service for a small surcharge. The processing time of visa applications via the embassy is given from three days to four weeks.

How long is the visa valid for Myanmar?

The Myanmar tourist visa is valid for three months and allows you to stay for 28 days. It does not matter whether you apply for it as an e-visa or at the embassy.

Overdraw Myanmar visa: what threatens me now?

An overstay is also not to be trifled with in Myanmar. As in the neighboring countries, there is a risk of fines if the permitted length of stay is exceeded; in extreme cases, detention pending deportation and a ban on entry may result.

How can I extend my 28-day Myanmar visa?

An extension of the Tourist Visa is not possible. After 28 days you have to leave the country and re-enter if necessary. An extension is only possible for business visas and other special visa types.

Information about Visa Run and multiple entry into Myanmar

The Myanmar visa only entitles you to "single entry", ie multiple entry is not provided for here. As soon as you leave the country, your visa will also expire. There is no official statement as to whether you can then re-enter immediately. You can of course try it, because your visa will be checked again every time anyway. In the worst case, you will be rejected.

Myanmar Express Visa (Fast Visa)

It is possible to apply for an express version of the e-visa - of course at an additional cost. This does not change the visa itself, except that the processing time is reduced from 1-3 working days to 24 hours. There is a $ 6 surcharge, so the express tourist visa costs a total of $ 56. An express service at the embassy is not available.

Tips for entry

Myanmar Visa: Do I need an onward ticket or a return ticket?

Yes. The visa regulations clearly state that you have to prove your return or onward journey with an air ticket.

To be precise: You won't get your visa at a border crossing, because that would mean that there is a visa on arrival. You have to apply for your visa beforehand.

Your visa applied for through the embassy will be accepted at the following country borders:

  • Tachilek - Mae Sai (Thailand)
  • Kawthaung - Ranong (Thailand)
  • Myawaddy - Mae Sot (Thailand)
  • Htee Kee - Phunaron (Thailand)
  • Tamu - Morei (India)

You can find out which land borders your e-visa accepts in the section "Applying for a Myanmar visa online (e-visa)".

Entry requirements in Myanmar

Myanmar's entry requirements are more relaxed than you might think at first, but there are a few things to consider. In general, you should know that all items of luggage are screened both on entry and on exit. So there can be no question of lax controls. In any case, note that the local currency (kyat) may not be imported or exported. Foreign currencies can be imported up to $ 10,000 without declaration.

Contrary to many rumors, Burmese customs are not interested in your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Only satellite phones have to be registered in advance. It gets a little more special when it comes to playing cards. Since these can be used for prohibited gambling, they must not be brought along.

You should absolutely know that all objects that show an image of Buddha, the Burmese flag or certain pagodas are expressly not allowed to be imported (pictures on eg travel guides are not included)! The Burmese authorities do not understand this as fun. To give an example: A tourist was recently expelled from the country because he had a Buddha tattoo on his lower leg.

Antiques and gemstones may only be exported if they have been bought from licensed dealers who give you a corresponding purchase receipt. This also includes silver.

When buying souvenirs, be sure to note the Washington Species Conservation Agreement. Tortoiseshell is still very common in Myanmar.

As you may imagine, criminal law in Myanmar is different than here. So be sure to refrain from anything related to drug use and government criticism.

Embassies and consulates

Burmese embassies and consulates

Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Berlin
Address: Thielallee 19, 14195, Berlin
Web: Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Berlin

Telephone: +49 30 206 1570
Opening times: Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Austria:
Myanmar has no embassy in Austria, instead the embassy in Berlin is responsible.

Switzerland:
Myanmar's embassy is located in Geneva.

Missions in Myanmar

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Yangon
Address: 9 Bogyoke Aung San Museum Road, Rangoon (Yangon) 11201
Web: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Yangon

Telephone: +95 1 54 89 51
Opening times of the consular department: Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Visas department opening hours: by appointment only
Telephone advice for visa points: Monday to Thursday: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Austria has no embassy in Myanmar, the honorary consulate in Yangon, the embassy in Thailand and the German embassy in Yangon are responsible for this.

The Swiss embassy is located in Yangon.

Where can I get my Myanmar visa on the way?

If you are already traveling and the infrastructure may not be sufficient to apply for an e-visa, you can also apply for your visa at Burmese representations in neighboring countries. Here is a selection of the corresponding embassies / consulates:

Burmese consulate in Chiang Mai
Address: 9/4 Maneenopparat Soi 3, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200
Web: Burmese consulate in Chiang Mai

Telephone: +66 52 004211
Opening times: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (Visa application until 12 p.m.)

Burmese Embassy in Bangkok
Address: No.132, Sathorn NUA Road, Bangkok, 10500, Thailand
Web: Burmese Embassy in Bangkok

Telephone: +66 2 233 2237
Opening times: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Burmese Embassy in New Delhi
Address: 3 / 50F, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021
Web: Burmese Embassy in New Delhi

Telephone: +91 11 2467 8822
Opening times: Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Burmese Embassy in Phnom Penh
Address: 181 Preah Norodom Boulevard 41, Phnom Penh

Telephone: +855 23 223 761
Opening times: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Burmese Embassy in Hanoi
Address: 298 A, Kim Ma Street, Hanoi

Telephone: +84 24 3845 3369
Opening times: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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