Mar 25 2011

How to get a Burmese visa in Singapore

Published by at 9:22 am under Visas


With affordable flights to Rangoon (Yangon) courtesy of JetStar Airways, Singapore is second only to Thailand as a launching point for travels to Burma. And if you’re considering a visit to Burma now that Aung San Suu Kyi has given the nod to independent travellers visiting, Singapore is a good spot to get your visa, as it has a Burmese Embassy where you can apply for a four-week tourist visa.

Burma: it's worth the visa hassle

Officially, this is what you need to apply for a visa if you are a “Foreign Independent Traveller” (i.e. not on a package tour):

– 2 completed visa application forms (you can download it here)

– 2 passport-sized photos

– a photocopy of the picture page in your passport

– a passport valid for at least 6 months

– S$35 fee payable in cash

Despite following these instructions perfectly (they’re also posted at the Embassy), I was turned away on my first attempt to get a visa. I was told that, as a tourist from a Western country, I also had to provide the following:

– a letter stating the purpose of my trip and where in Burma I would visit

– proof of my occupation (a business card would suffice)

–  a copy of my flight itinerary

This may sound a bit extreme, but remember that the issuance of tourist visas is entirely at their discretion so there is no use debating the visa requirements with the embassy staff. After returning with the additional information my application was accepted.

Visa application hours are from 9:30 – 12:30 Monday to Friday. Visas take 3 or 4 working days to process and can be collected 15:00 – 17:00. It’s also possible to apply for a business visa or a social visit visa (for visiting family or a spouse in Burma). Full details can be found on the official website.

The Embassy of the Union of Myanmar is located at 15 St. Martin’s Drive, within walking distance of Orchard Road MRT station. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00. Questions can be directed to (65) 6735 0209 or ambassador@mesingapore.org.sg.

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9 Responses to “How to get a Burmese visa in Singapore”

  1. Marc Jacobson 28 Mar 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Please, visit Myanmar. I know about the issues, but I can assure you, it is a great country to visit, with absolutely adorable people and unparalleled temples. Me and my company loved it so much last December, we pledged to return soon.

    By the way, procedures and requirements to get a tourist visa in the The Embassy of the Union of Myanmar in Jakarta, are more or less the same as those of the Singapore branch. Initially they try to discourage you, but once you are past the Immigration thing, it is all highlights !

  2. Singapore Work Permiton 11 Apr 2011 at 7:32 pm

    The information about the procedure of getting the Burmese visa in Singapore is really good .It seems to be beneficial to all the people who need it.Thanks for this post.

  3. Tanyaon 25 Apr 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I really enjoyed my time traveling in Myanmar – the visa hassle was worth it!

  4. [...] proof of our lodgings or event present our plane tickets. Which is contrary to what I read in this blog which state he/she needed a statement of intent, a copy of his.her business card and printed [...]

  5. jdaddyon 12 Nov 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Don’t wait to get your Visa in Singapore unless you’re Singaporean. I did that and after waiting in line for over 3 hours out in the heat, they told me it would be a minimum of 10 working days processing time, despite having all over their website that it was only 2 days. Really messed up my travel plans. Did require a business card too, so make sure to have some printed up. Best option is to apply in your own country before leaving on your trip, but we were on a long trip and the Visa is only good for 3 months so we couldn’t do that.

  6. YJ_sgon 19 Mar 2013 at 11:54 am

    Just a little clarity for those departing from Singapore – it only requires 10 working days if you’re not based in Singapore (e.g. a tourist in Singapore applying for a visa to Myanmar for the next leg of his/her trip). The reason why it takes so long is because the embassy in Singapore will send your application to the embassy in your home country.

    If you are working / studying / a PR in Singapore, and have the documents to prove it, you get the same process as Singaporeans – sometimes you can submit and collect on the very next working day.

    Also, if you’re not keen on waiting 3 hours out in the heat, why not check out some online visa application sites? http://www.myanmarvisa.com.sg does an end-to-end home/office pick-up and delivery service.

  7. Jenniferon 22 May 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I used Pre arranged Visa on arrival service last January and it saved me a lot of time. It is much cheaper and faster than at the Myanmar embassies. Once applied, you get a pre-approved visa letter send by email. You get THE visa-stamp when arriving at visa counter at the airport. I paid 30 usd for service fee and pay extra 30 usd at immigration office in Yangon. So far I have been using http://visa2myanmar.com/ ,they have what I needed private visa on arrival online. As I know, if your country is not on the list of nationality, you need to contact the agencies. Probably the process is more complexed, and the best way to apply is at the embassy.

  8. Reuben Limon 09 Jun 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Hi,

    I’ve just made my visa in Singapore last week. This may be useful: http://reublim.blogspot.sg/2013/06/making-myanmar-tourist-visa-in-singapore.html

  9. KCon 24 Feb 2014 at 8:10 pm

    The Myanmar embassy now requires you to book the appointment online.
    The earliest date available when I booked mine was 2 days later.
    By the way, they ask you to upload a scanned image of your passport photo for this online booking.

    After booking the appointment, the embassy will then email you an appointment letter and the application form.
    You still need to fill out the application form, even though you already entered the same info online when booking the appointment.

    Take the appointment letter, the completed application form and 2 passport photos with your passport. They say the photos should be 1.5 x 2 inches, but they took the standard 35 x 45 mm photo OK.

    The official opening hour is 9:00 AM, but they were already processing people when we got there at 8:30 AM. I saw on another site that the window may open as early as 8:10 AM.

    Even though there were several people in line when I got there, one of the young ladies behind the counter was so efficient that we were out of there in 10 mins. She was dealing with 3 different people simultaneously to clear them out.
    Most efficient embassy service I have ever seen.

    We were told to return at 4:30 PM to pick up the visa.
    The line was already out to the courtyard when I got there and it got even longer, snaking out through the courtyard.

    Once the window opened at 4:50 PM the actual pick-up was quick.
    I was out of there by 5:00 PM.

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