Myanmar Visa in Bangkok

How to Get a Myanmar Visa in Bangkok

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If you’ve ever heard that it’s impossible for Americans to travel to Myanmar, I can tell you first-hand that’s untrue. In fact, you can get a visa to enter Myanmar right in Bangkok, Thailand.

All you need to get a Myanmar visa in Bangkok is a few documents, two passport-sized photos, a passport with six months remaining validity and about 900 Thai baht.

Required Documents for Myanmar Visa

Application for Myanmar Visa

The Myanmar visa application asks for standard personal and professional information, the reason you want to visit Myanmar and your planned itinerary there. The Myanmar visa application also asks for your occupation.

Some travelers believe the “occupation” field is intended to trick journalists, human rights activists and other individuals whose personal philosophies or professional inclinations might act counter to Myanmar’s ruling junta. If you aren’t sure whether your occupation will subject you to increased scrutiny, write something harmless like “Accountant” or “IT Specialist.”

Flight Itinerary and Passport Photos

Technically speaking, you need a copy of your flight itinerary and at least one hotel reservation in Myanmar to get a Myanmar visa. I wasn’t personally asked for either of these documents, but it’s a good idea to print them out and bring them with you just in case.

You also need two passport-sized photos with a white background, which you can have taken at a photo booth at any mall in Bangkok, such as MBK center.

Myanmar Visa Fee

The cost for obtaining a Myanmar visa in Bangkok is 830 Thai baht, payable only in Thai baht. The Myanmar embassy in Bangkok is a bit primitive, so I would recommend you bring exact change if possible.

Myanmar Visa

Location and Hours of Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok

The most effortless way to reach the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok is to take a taxi to 132 Sathorn Road, in the city’s cosmopolitan Sathorn district.

For a cheaper, less stressful journey, take the Bangkok SkyTrain to Surasak station of the Silom line. Take exit 3 and make an immediate U-turn. You will see the Myanmar Embassy on your left after about 600 feet.

The Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok is open from 9 a.m.-noon and then from 1-3 p.m. Lines are long, so get there as close to 9 as possible if you want to hand in your paperwork before noon.

If the line is too long for you to be served before noon, you will be told to wait until after one. If you can’t make it before 11 a.m., do yourself a favor and just wait until 1.

Your Myanmar visa should be ready the next day after 1 p.m. The visa takes up a full page of the passport and has the passport-sized picture you gave the embassy printed into it. It’s kind of cool.

Myanmar Travel Tips

Money in Myanmar

Did you know that there are no ATMs everywhere in Myanmar and that the only way to get local currency is to exchange mint-condition U.S. dollars with black market money changers? Now you do.

For more information on this subject, read my article “How to Exchange Money in Myanmar.”

Things to Do in Myanmar

I’m going to assume you’ve done at least some research on things to do and places to visit Myanmar if you’re planning a trip there. If you haven’t, I’ve got plenty of inspiration for you, in the form of my Myanmar Travel Guide.

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Waegook Tom April 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Useful tips – I think a lot more people will be planning on going to Myanmar now as well, thanks to all the positive news about it become more democratic. More democratic, but not democratic yet – still a long way to go. Hopefully an increased number of people (including me) will start to explore all the amazing sights that the country looks to offer.

Jocelyn MCgaha January 14, 2013 at 7:37 am

thanks for this information! this is a big help. i will be travelling with a group to Myanmar for at least 3 weeks!

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Mikelalji March 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

Very informative.i have done all that you have written to get my visa but haven’t per booked any hotel as yet. Hope I don’t get into any difficulties because of that !

Auspice March 27, 2013 at 11:09 am

Do you know if this information is still current? I’ll be in Bangkok in May and hope to get a visa for Burma at that time.

Andy June 17, 2013 at 9:02 am

Just an update on your post. There are now ATM’s in Myanmar everywhere and most money exchange is not done in the black market anymore (at least with US, European and Singapore currency, other will still need to be done on the black market) but at Money Exchangers with flat rates. I would still recommend you bring your own money to Myanmar as there are ATM fees associated with withdrawing money at the ATM’s here, though I’m not familiar with what they are as I have never personally withdrawn money from an ATM here. I would imagine the fee is steep as ATM’s are a new thing here.

Andy June 17, 2013 at 9:07 am

Sorry, not familiar with this websites posting process. I meant to post the above on the original thread and not a reply. I hope you guys can still read it. My mistake. To the Admin: Sorry about the double post, you may delete as you wish.

chainat Jitwatna July 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Thank you for useful information.One question to ask if I expect to be in Myanmar during 2-12 September 2013 and will not be in Bangkok since 25August ,when should be the best time to start the process of applying for tourist visa to Myanmar.

Robert Schrader July 24, 2013 at 8:39 am

So, you arrive in BKK on 25 August?

Sam December 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

do you know if this information/process is still up to date?

sara April 16, 2014 at 12:59 am

I would like to recommend Nice&Clean shop for copy ,photo and visa service. One stop services here. The owner is very nice and helpful.137/21-22 Pan rd. 200 metres walk from the Myanmar Embassy.

Robert Schrader April 17, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I used that shop!

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