29 Jan 2017 Applying For a Myanmar eVisa Online 2017
Traveling to Myanmar and want to apply for the Myanmar eVisa online? Getting a Myanmar visa is so easy in 2017. We just returned from our first trip to Myanmar in January 2017 and got our visa online and here’s how to do it!
Myanmar eVisa Online
Before you travel to Myanmar check the visa regulations for your nationality. We are American citizens and had to apply for Myanmar visa online prior to traveling. We applied for a Myanmar visa online here and were approved within 3 days.
Information Needed to Apply for Myanmar eVisa
- Port of entry which specific airport or land border
- Digital color passport photo there is a resize tool on the application website, the image must be resized or the photo will be distorted. Our photo dimensions were 833 x 1000 px.
- Accommodation in Myanmar, I just listed my first hotel’s name and address
- Occupation, if you are unemployed and traveling it’s best to list your old job title
- Passport number, expiration date, and issued date
Note: You may be asked to present an onward ticket when checking into your flight or from the immigration officer. Even though you may have a visa the airline or immigration officers may deny you if you can’t provide one.
Who Needs A Myanmar Visa
Almost all foreign tourists require a visa to enter Myanmar. Only the following nationalities can travel to Myanmar without a visa:
For a complete list of the countries who can apply for a Myanmar eVisa click here.
Quick eVisa Facts & FAQ
- A Myanmar eVisa costs $50 USD
- Single Entry Visa
- 28 Day Visa
- Valid for 90 days from issue date
Note: You are not guaranteed your Myanmar visa will be approved and if it isn’t approved you will not be refunded the visa fee.
We paid the visa online with our credit card and we were emailed a copy of our visas. Make sure to print out a copy or two of your visa to present when arriving in Myanmar. We were asked to show our visa when checking into our flight at the Chiang Mai airport. We also had to present our Myanmar eVisa at the Mandalay airport immigration. We were never asked to show our eVisa again but had the extra copies available if needed.
Myanmar Entry Points Allowing eVisa
Right now you can travel to Myanmar with an eVisa and enter from the following locations:
- Yangon International Airport
- Mandalay International Airport
- Nay Pyi Taw International Airport
- Mae Sai/Tachileik land border
- Mae Sot/Myawaddy land border
- Ranong/Kawthaung land border
The eVisa is only valid for the above entry points. If you enter from another China, India or other Thailand border control points your visa will not allow entry into Myanmar. We traveled through Mandalay International airport and had no issues.
How Long is A Myanmar Visa Valid?
Myanmar eVisa’s are valid for 90 days from the issued date. Our visas were issued on December 28th, 2016 and therefore they were valid until March 28, 2017. The eVisa however, is only valid for a 28-day stay and it’s single entry. So if you plan on spending 2 weeks in Myanmar and then 2 weeks in Thailand but want to go back to Myanmar you’ll have to apply for another Myanmar visa on your return trip. If you’d like to stay longer than 28 days in Myanmar you could overstay your visa, more detail below.
Overstaying On A Myanmar Visa
If you happen to fall in love with Myanmar and want to spend more than 28 days it is possible to overstay your visa. In other countries like Thailand you’d go and get a visa extension in advance but in Myanmar, you’ll just pay an overstay fee. The cost to overstay a Myanmar visa is $3 per day. Unlike Thailand that charges 500 baht a day for overstaying.
At the international airports, you’ll see a sign for Immigration Over Stay this is where you’ll pay the additional fee for overstaying Myanmar visa. They will put an overstay stamp/stay permitted in your passport, don’t worry this isn’t a bad thing like in other countries. I have been told you can also pay the overstay fee at the land borders, but haven’t personally been there to witness this.
Note: While you are traveling around Myanmar your visa will have an expiration date that has expired and some guesthouses will not allow you to stay there on an expired visa. They are afraid of getting in trouble with the government as the hotels are very compliant with the rules. You can try and explain to them you are overstaying Myanmar visa and paying the fee when leaving.
Myanmar is an amazing country and one that we urge travelers to get to sooner than later. Myanmar is changing at a rapid pace and we felt our trip in 2017 was even a few years late. We would have loved to travel to Myanmar 10 years ago. That being said, you can still climb up the temples and get some epic views which is likely to change soon. I wouldn’t be surprised if UNESCO put a stop to this in the coming years limiting the number of temples travelers can access.
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