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Myanmar or Burma is a mesmerizing country beaming in golds. Packed with natural, sacred and archaeological spots, Myanmar is a must-have on your bucket list.

Planning a trip can be a hassle. Getting the perfect hotel rooms with your favoured facilities. Planning the commute, sightseeing, food and clothes, what not! But it starts with reaching the destination, now comes the tricky part.

Myanmar demands visas from all countries except Japan and South Korea. So here is a little guide for our Indian travellers to attain their visas for Myanmar.

Earlier, one would apply for the Myanmar tourist visa at the Embassy of Myanmar, New Delhi. Just send in your visa application, passport, and the fee. They update other specific documents on the official website.

However, now the traditional approach of visa application via the embassy is rarely used.

There are two other potential ways you can go about this:

  1. E-visa &

  2. Visa on arrival

E-Visa For Myanmar:

You can fill out the online visa application form for a tourist, business, workshop/seminar or transit visa on the online portal. The authorization process takes up to 1-3 days.

The standard fee and duration are:

Visa

    Fee

Duration

Tourist

USD 50

90 days

Business

USD 50

70 days

Workshop / Seminar

USD 40

28 days

Transit

USD 20

24 days

(It is possible to speed up the confirmation process to 24hrs or 12hrs by paying extra fees.)

Documents required for E-Visa Application:

  1. Two recent 4x6cm colour photos

  2. Passport not expiring 6months from the date of entering Myanmar

  3. Credit card to pay the fees

The visa process flow:

  1. Go to the Ministry of Immigration website of Myanmar.

  2. Start filling out the form and give all the needed details.

  3. Choose the port from where you will enter the country. If you’re getting there via air, then choose the respective airport. And if you are getting there by land, choose one of the 5 border ports.

  4. Once you’re done submitting, you will receive a visa approval letter within 48hrs or fewer depending on the fee.

  5. Print out the visa approval letter.

  6. Present the letter to the immigration officer at Myanmar airport/checkpoint, and you will get a visa stamp or sticker on your passport.

Visa On Arrival In Myanmar:

Now Myanmar offers visas on arrival services for Indians travelling via air. Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw Airports offer this service.

The fee and duration of stay are:

Visa

Fee

Duration

Tourist

USD 50

30 days

Business

USD 50

70 days

Workshop / Seminar

USD 40

28 days

Transit

USD 20

24 days

Documents Required For Visa On Arrival Application:

  1. Two recent 4x6cm colour photos

  2. Passport not expiring 6months from the date of entering Myanmar

  3. Address of the accommodation you will live in. Note that the Myanmar Government should legally license the place.

  4. Required permissions and licenses for business visas.

  5. Respective air ticket for transit visas.

Now that you have successfully entered Myanmar, it’s time to explore! Myanmar offers you a wide selection of tourist spots, let’s look at a few of them.

Best Tourist Attractions In Myanmar:

  • Inle lake

Take a boat ride and go around enjoying the peaceful lake. You’ll see thousands of stupas at Kakku built 2000 years ago and additional hundreds of brown, red and white ones on Indein, a village at the creek. Don’t forget to visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, you’re even luckier if you get to witness the annual pagoda festival taking place from September to October.

  • Bagan

The Bagan region is nothing short of fantasy land. You can take a bike ride to explore the many ancient temples in the region. It’s a must-visit archaeological site in Myanmar. The best part about it is the hot-air balloon ride, it gives a panoramic view of the Bagan temple plain.

  • Other Attractions

Besides these two major attractions make sure to visit the Mergui Archipelago for sea lovers, the Last Royal Capital at Mandalay,  the Pyu Ancient Cities, the countless pagodas spread throughout the country and so much more.

Myanmar is a treasure in Southeast Asia, a whole pack of delights for the traveller in us!

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By Abhishek Saraswat

Abhishek, popularly known to the world as Himalayan Gypsy is an award-winning travel & street photographer based in India. He is an adventure freak and a digital nomad who likes to document India, its culture, heritage & architecture through his pictures and writes about his experiences on his blog. A banker by profession and a traveler by heart, he has been exploring India since his childhood during family vacations and school picnics which gradually turned into solo trips and guided tours. Today his work is known to the world through his numerous pictures published, featured, and exhibited in various popular magazines like DiscoverIndia, Natgeo Traveller India, Asian Photography Magazine, Chiiz Magazine, Nikon India, Wildlife India, etc.