Adventurous travellers and backpackers are now able to see a whole new side of Southeast Asia, a side with no western shops or restaurant chains, a country considered “exotic, genuine and off the beaten track.” With the United States lifting trade sanctions, major corporations such as GE, Mastercard and PepsiCo have recently started investing in Myanmar so the time to see Myanmar in its true non-commercialised beauty is now.
If you’re not a citizen of Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia or Laos, you will need a visa to enter Myanmar. The good news is, citizens of 100 countries are now eligible to apply online for a Tourist eVisa prior to arrival, and it’s incredibly easy!
Although some international airports in Myanmar do offer a visa on arrival, it’s always a less stressful option to get a visa in advance. That way when you hop off the plane there’s no long queue, no extra “service charges” and no hassle. The Myanmar immigration website is clear and the process is straightforward. You’ll see “APPLY YOUR EVISA NOW” nice and clearly on the homepage and while the English might not be on point, the rest of the website is. You can even check the status of your visa on the website.
Once you’ve hit ‘Apply’ you’ll select your nationality from a drop down list, select ‘tourist visa’ (the only option) and select your port of entry (one of three international airports – either Mandalay, Yangon or Nay Pyi Taw). It’s not advised to come in via land as borders tend to open and close regularly. There are also no bus or train services that connect Myanmar with any other country and you can’t drive a car or motorbike across the border. However with budget airlines like AirAsia now servicing the three international airports, flying is definitely the way to go!
Before you even begin entering any further details you’ll need to agree to some Ts and Cs, such as promising to abide by Myanmar’s laws, refrain from working, and not travel into any restricted areas. All the personal immigration details required are pretty standard. Make sure you know the name of your tour agency if you’re travelling with one, and be prepared to upload a standard passport-style photo of yourself taken in the last 3 months.
An eVisa for Myanmar costs $50USD which you can pay for via Mastercard (surprise, surprise) or Visa when you make the online application. You’ll receive an email within the hour acknowledging your payment – not your visa approval – this will take up to 3 working days. Once you’ve got your visa, you’ll need to visit within 90 days of the issue date and complete your tour of Myanmar within 28 days. You’ll get to enter Myanmar just the once on your visa, so make sure you make the most of it!
Summary of Myanmar Tourist eVisa:
- eVisa available for citizens of 100 different countries.
- Pay online with Visa or Mastercard.
- Processed within 3 working days.
- Must visit within 90 days of issue.
- Must complete tour within 28 days of entry.
- Visa is valid for 1 entry only.
As circumstances can change quickly, please consider this a guide. Stray does not take responsibility for Myanmar visa requirements. Please complete your own research with the relevant embassies if you are planning on visiting Myanmar.