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Burma Tourist Visa at Bangkok embassy

Posted by hsoa on 18/4/2011 at 16:00

Has anyone done this recently?

How many days is required for processing of an application? (In my case, a US passport)
For example, if I submit everything on Tuesday, when can I pick up the visa?

Can anyone confirm that air tickets into and out of Burma are not required for getting the visa, and only photos and a passport are necessary? (I like the flexibility of not booking the exit flight yet.)

Citing an unpredictable process, travel agencies in Bangkok do not handle applications for Burma, so they are not as helpful with information as they usually are with countries in the region.


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Posted by SBE on 18/4/2011 at 20:41

I went to Myanmar last December so it's not super recent.

I'm pretty sure the Myanmar embassy requires you to show a return ticket didn't even cross my mind to attempt to get a tourist visa without one. I've heard they're quite lax about overstay...just pay the fine. However changing your Air Asia flight might be quite arduous from inside the country as internet access there is somewhat problematic.

I think it took 3 days to process my (ordinary) tourist visa application. There was an express service available too...cost about 50% more and I think you got the visa next day.

Things could well be taking longer than usual right now though. It's impossible to guess how long it would take to get a visa if you made an application tomorrow (Tuesday) as there's bound to be a big backlog due to the embassy being closed for Songkran last'll just have to go and see I'm afraid.

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Posted by dano_b on 19/4/2011 at 04:46

When I got a tourist visa for Myanmar a couple months ago we were not required to actually show a return ticket. Since we had heard different stories about whether we would be able to obtain a visa or not, we went to get the visa before booking our tickets. They did ask for our arrival and return date, so we just chose dates outside of the possible dates so we were covered either way. Our visas took 3 days to process, although express it available, as SBE pointed out.

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Posted by Tilapia on 19/4/2011 at 09:50

I was there quite a while ago, but when I applied for my visa (in Ottawa) I sent in my passport and application and there was no requirement (at that time, anyway) to provide any flight info of any sort. I was told that the visa would be good for 6 months from the time it was issued and that I'd have to travel within that time period. This might be different now.

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Posted by SBE on 19/4/2011 at 14:24

Just to add to the confusion...

I called the Myanmar embassy in Paris last year. They told me the validity was 3 months.

Yet the visa in my passport says:

-Valid from 30 November until 29 December.
-Duration of stay: 28 days
-Type T. Entries S
-Date of issue: 30 November

ie the visa that was issued by the Embassy in Bangkok was only valid one month.

Also I notice the return flight number is scrawled on it by hand. (I can't remember if that was done by the consulate or by immigration when I entered the country...probably the latter as it's on the entry stamp).

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Posted by heddenswest on 27/6/2011 at 15:38

Can anyone offer any updated information about getting a Burmese visa (either in Vietnam or Bangkok)?
I'm American and will be heading there in October.
Hoping to get the visa as easily as others have noted but would greatly appreciate anything that's been updated! (cost, length of stay permitted, visa processing time, etc.)


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Posted by mandylinda on 12/7/2011 at 14:40

hi, i wanna know too. I've searched the internet but found nothing helpful.

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Posted by riverspot on 12/7/2011 at 19:46

We got a visa in Bangkok a couple of years ago. Same day service (for cheap rate) with no evidence of exit arrangements. Very friendly even when we recorded entry point from Muse. Internet in Burma was okay - just listen to locals about how to skirt blockages

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Posted by heddenswest on 13/7/2011 at 07:35

Anyone have any specific and recent details about acquiring a visa for Burma in Bangkok? I do know I can get a same-day visa but I also know that that could change and that the Embassy office in Bangkok are often closed, or rather, they have very short working hours.

I'm also interested in getting this visa in Hanoi. Has anyone done that recently?

Thank you!

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Posted by think87 on 14/8/2011 at 11:01

I've read a few blogs various places that seem to indicate that Burmese visas can still be done via travel agents. Anyone know if this is still possible? And if so for a USA passport?

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