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VIDEO | How to Get a Myanmar Visa in Bangkok

VIDEO: How to Get a Myanmar Visa in Bangkok

 

There was nothing so easy as applying for a same day Myanmar visa in Bangkok.

Okay, well maybe some things, like paying an agency to do it for you.

How did I do it?  I did a Google search, found two travel blog sites with information (thanks Leave your Daily Hell  & Two Travelholics)  and copied directions into my iPodTouch.

There.  Easy-peasy. Well, sorta..  I still got lost.

How to Get a Myanmar Visa in Bangkok

The 2-minute video above will take you through the step-by-step process getting your Myanmar visa in Bangkok, without getting lost like me. You’ll see the location, how I got there and what’s involved (and how sweaty and travel haggard I am making this video).  For those who prefer to read what’s in the video, the cut-n-pasted info is down below)

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Getting to the Embassy of Myanmar in Bangkok

Location:

Embassy of the Union of Myanmar,  Bangkok, Thailand
Address: 132 Sathorn Nua Road  (the front of the embassy, but not the exact location of the visa application)
Phone: 662-233-2237, 234-4698, 233-7250, 234-0320

Directions: 

Take the BTS Skytrain,  get off at Surasak. Follow exit 3 down the stairs and turn right. Walk around seven minutes, under the Skytrain overpass and in the same direction as the flow of traffic. Go a couple of blocks, pass a Christian school on your left until you get to a non-descript looking street called, Thanon Pan street. Turn left on this street and the Embassy of Myanmar in Bangkok is located a half block down.

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Road to get to the Embassy of Myanmar in Bangkok

Tip: If you’re taking a taxi, it’s likely they’ll drop you at the address below. That’s the front of the Embassy of Myanmar . The actual visa application building is on the nearby street (Thanon Pan)  around the corner. If you ask the guard, he’ll direct you so (watch my video)

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Wrong side!  The Embassy of Myanmar location, but not the entrance for Visas.

Embassy of Myanmar Operating Hours:

Visa applications:  9 am to 12 noon
Same day pickup:  1pm to 3pm

For Thai holidays (see here)

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Outside the Embassy of Myanmar in Bangkok: sign for the Embassy of Myanmar operating hours

 Advice: The day I went it wasn’t crowded at all so I didn’t have to wait longer than three people. This may not always be the case. So best to arrive early.

 

How long does it take to process a visa:

The normal processing time is two days, so if you can wait that long, the price will be cheaper.  Other options are a same-day or one-day rush and you pay a little more.

 

Documents to Bring:

•  Passport
•  A xerox copy of your passport
•  2 passport photos
•  Baht (They won’t accept credit cards or ATM cards; only cash)

There are shops that take passport photos around town and likely, your hotel can point you to the nearest available ones as well as make xerox copies of your passport for you.

Tip: There is also a purported alley shop, 50 meters further down the street from the visa entrance. It should have  yellow signs outside saying “copy, photo, myanmar services.” Here’s a photo by Two Travelholics. You can get this photo and copy services done there too if you forget anything. I’ve not used their services, so I can’t recommend them, but other travelers have used them.

 

What is supplied at the embassy:

•  Application form
•  Glue sticks to fix your passport photos to the form

 

 How long is the visa valid for?

The visa is valid for 3 months after the date of issue. It cannot be extended so please plan accordingly.

 

How much does a visa cost?

As of June 2013:

Same day visa costs = (come back in the afternoon around 3:30pm)=  1,200 baht  (*this is what I got)
Next day visa processing = 1,000 baht
Standard two-day processing = 810 baht

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Want to get a Myanmar visa from home (in the U.S.)

Go here for the Myanmar Embassy site in Washington D.C. http://mewashingtondc.com/visa_en.php

 

Helpful Articles & Sites:

Mingalapur: Myanmar Forum (If you register with the free site, you can download photos and even supposed blank visa applications.
About: Travel to Myanmar
Dealing with Currency in Myanmar | Burma  (VIDEO)

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Tra la! My beautiful Myanmar visa!

 

12 Comments

  1. Thanks for the video and detailed post, Christine! Very helpful indeed. Will be heading to Myanmar embassy here in BKK tomorrow to apply for a visa. I’ll let you know if there’s any changes in the process.

  2. Ann says:

    new visas are pretty! i got mine in Bangkok (in March 2012), but it was not nearly as legit-looking. just a stamp with some hand-writing!!

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Ann: Ha ha… well, yours may actually be more legit. Does your stamp say Myanmar or Burma? 😉

  3. PassportDave says:

    Thanks for the great video and post Christine! This is going to prove very useful to me in the near future and take a lot of the usual guesswork out of obtaining a new visa. Can’t wait to visit Myanmar (and Thailand for that matter)!

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Dave: Thanks for dropping by! You’ve expressed my exact intentions for this video/post, so I’m glad! Enjoy both! I know you’ll have fun.

  4. debbie ann says:

    oh and best Myanmar advice we got – go to Hsipaw – what’s there? nothing! stay at Lily’s.

  5. debbie ann says:

    We had to get our Myanmar visa in Singapore – it was no problem for my boyfriend, because he had a work visa for Singapore, but I was there on a tourist visa, so I was not allowed to apply. The consulate sent me to a business, which arranged for me to get a business visa, which I paid for when I arrived in Myanmar (plus a small fee to the business in Singapore). Strangest visa procedure so far! but it did work, and I loved our trip to Myanmar.

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      Hi @Debbie Ann. Thanks for sharing another story~ I’ve never heard of that before. I didn’t know you couldn’t get a visa in Singapore. Was that only for Myanmar or all countries?

      • debbie ann says:

        that was just for Myanmar, and it might have already changed, but that was the way it was in Aug 2013.

  • […] Getting a Myanmar visa in Bangkok isn’t difficult, but you can not get one upon arrival (Note: I’ve just been informed you  can now get a visa on arrival. However, if you’d like to get them beforehand…)  I got a same-day visa in Bangkok. Otherwise, the standard wait is two days. You can also get it from your own country. […]

  • […] The process was really easy although the waiting time was quite long when we took our visa because of the huge number of tourists who were also processing their visas the day that we applied. I won’t write anymore about the process as it’s very easy for almost everyone. I’ll just post a link of Christine’s blog (with a video) about the process, you can find it here. […]

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