15th February 2014 (Updated):
Please Note: If you know of any updates on procedures in place at the Burmese Embassy, please use the comments section at the bottom for feedback.
You can get a Myanmar (Burma) visa in Bangkok very quickly at the ‘The Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar' visa office. Open Monday – Friday between 9am – 12pm. You can go ahead and book your flights well in advance, along with any hotel accommodation and just rock on up a few days beforehand and be certain to get your passport back, stamped with a visa ready for your travels.
We originally went to the Embassy in early October 2013 and then travelled Myanmar for 3 weeks, taking in both the North and South. If you want to learn more about what you can see & do in Myanmar, read our Budget Backpackers Guide to Myanmar. Alternatively, if you have some nagging questions on what to expect in Myanmar such as ATM availability, what currency to take, Vaccinations, etc.. Read our Myanmar 101 – Travel Tips for Backpacking Myanmar article.
There is also a lot of information on the web that is either not accurate or out of date about the Myanmar visa process. The problem is many backpackers who are blogging about the process are getting a same day (fast track) visa which is more complex to process, than a next day or 2 day service. Here is a guide that applies to all travellers and what the process is for each service available at the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.
Important Information for Burmese Embassy, Bangkok:
Opening and Closing times
The embassy is open Monday to Friday from 9am – 12pm for Visa applications and then 15:30pm – 16:30pm for visa collection. It is closed for all major Myanmar / Thai public holidays so be aware of that little nugget of information before you get here!
Myanmar National Holidays 2014 (Days when Bangkok Embassy will be closed)
- Kayin New Years Day – 01/01/2014
- Independence Day – 04/01/2014
- Union Day – 12/02/2014
- Full Moon Day of Tabaung – 15/03/2014
- Armed Forces Day – 27/03/2014
- Maha Thingyan Festival – 14/16/17/18th of April
- Labour Day (May Day) – 01/05/2014
- Full Moon Day of Kasone – 13/05/2014
- Marty's Day – 19/07/2014
- Full Moon Day of Waso – 11/07/2014
- H.M. Queen's Birthday – 12/8/2014
- Chulalongkom Day – October ? Not sure for 2014
- National Day – 16/11/2014
- H.M. King's Birthday – 5/12/2014
- Constitution Day – 10/12/2014
- Christmas Day – 25/12/2014
- New Year's Eve – 31/12/2014
What time does the Myanmar Embassy open?
Information elsewhere says get to the embassy for 8am to be at the front of the queue. Instead just get there any time before 11am and you shouldn't have a problem getting your application in on the day. Or at least this is what it was like when we applied.
However, please take note that during weeks where the embassy will be closed for National Holidays, it WILL be busy, so get there earlier.
On the day, we got to the embassy for 9am and were out for 9:40am. Again, this was our experience as the week we went didn't have any national holidays on. So it was a piece of cake, compared to what others have written about!
What you need to bring to the Embassy
- Bring along your passport AND a photocopy of it printed in B&W is perfectly fine.
- 2 x passport size photos that are recent and of a true likening to yourself now.
- A black pen.
- The cash in Thai baht depending on which specific visa you get (more on that later).
- A note of a hotel name AND hotel address that is located in either Yangon / Mandalay – wherever you are flying into, you don't have to have a confirmed reservation.
- Dates of your flights into and out of Burma.
Process when you get to the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok
Firstly, if you are in need of photocopies or passport sized photos for your visa application, there are many copy shops located on Sathon Nuea Road. They are highlighted on our map in the directions section. The van that parks outside the embassy is a lot more expensive than the copy shops located on the road, so if you want to save some money, walk further down the road where you will see ‘Photocopying' signs at a few locations.
- Skip the queue and walk to the front left hand counter (Counter 4) and ask for the visa application form you need to fill in. It's now a double sided A4 sheet. If anyone has a link to an up-to-date copy, please let us know in comments section!
- Alternatively, there is now a van parked outside the embassy operated by a third party, who can do the visa applications for you. However there are some negative reports out there as well as positive ones. If you aren't in a rush, then I would always strongly recommend getting the visa processed yourself inside the embassy.
- If you are doing the application yourself, get into the queue at the end and start filling the form out whilst you are in line (you'll have plenty of time). Alternatively as there were 2 of us, we could have 1 person stand in line and the other fill in the forms at the work desks scattered everywhere.
- When you get to the front of the queue, there is glue and paper clips, glue one photo to your application form and attach the other with a paper clip.
- At the front you will have your forms checked and then given a number and a counter to queue at. Walk across to it. We were sent to Counter 2
- When you get to the front, tell them which service you want. If you are getting the express service which is same day, you need a copy of your flight itinerary handy (visible on your phone won't do), it's got to be printed out.
- Hand over the money and get your receipt which you will need when you return to pick your passport up.
How much does it cost for a Myanmar Visa in 2014?
|Express (Same Day)||1260 Baht|
|Next Day||1035 Baht|
|2 Days||810 Baht|
The Embassy of the Union of Myanmar, 132 Sathon Nuea Road, Sathorn, Bangkok, 10120. View in Google Map View.
By Metro: Get off at the Surasak BTS station and walk eastwards up Sathon Nuea Road, traffic should be driving same way you are walking. The embassy visa application point is on the 2nd road on your left. See map at the bottom of this page for explanation.
By Taxi: Most taxi's will know where it is located. I hear costs are 130-150 Baht from the Khao San Road joy camp. Otherwise not much more from other parts of the centre of town.
What time can you pick-up your visa from the Myanmar Embassy?
The visa collection counters are open only for 1 hour every weekday between 15:30pm – 16:30pm. Simply go to the counter that your receipt has stamped on it and give the receipt across to the person behind the counter (Counter 2). They will give you back forms that need to be signed at the bottom and returned, then you are free to go with your passports now updated with a lovely Myanmar visa (see photos at the bottom!). Now start planning your travel to Myanmar.
Contacting the Myanmar Embassy directly for Visa related questions
Tel : (662) 233-2237, 234-4698, 233-7250, 234 4789, 237 7744
Fax : (233) 236-6898, 233-7250
Email: email@example.com (Alternative one is firstname.lastname@example.org)
Website: http://www.mofa.gov.mm/ or http://www.myanmarembassybkk.com/
Read our other guide for “Further information for Business Visas and information regarding Visa on Arrival for Myanmar”.
Interested in reading our other Travel Guides on Myanmar?
- See, Do, Eat – Our Backpacker Guide to 21 Days in Myanmar (3 Part Guide)
- Budgets / Travel Costs – Our Guide on How Much Myanmar Costs Per Day
- Myanmar 101 – 20 Essential Travel Tips for Myanmar
- Spearfishing with Mohses – The Cowboy Spearfisher of Chaung Tha Beach