In January 2019, when I travelled overland from Thailand to India via Myanmar, I was relieved to learn that Myanmar offers Indian citizens both, eVisa and visa on arrival. Not wanting to risk showing up at a land border to get a Myanmar visa on arrival on my Indian passport, I decided to apply online for a Myanmar eVisa – and was delighted to receive a confirmed visa by email within 24 hours!
If you plan to travel to Myanmar soon, here’s what you need to know to score a Myanmar tourist visa on an Indian passport:
Myanmar eVisa for Indians
Myanmar tourist eVisa application form
Start with filling the online Myanmar tourist visa application form on the official Ministry of Immigration website. Apart from general information, you’ll need to provide details of your occupation and address in Myanmar, and upload a passport photo.
You also have to choose your port of entry depending on whether you’re flying into the country or crossing over land. If you’re flying in, choose the airport where you plan to land (Yangon, Mandalay or Nai Phi Taw international airport). If travelling by land, pick one of the 5 land border checkpoints you can cross in from. I selected the Myawaddy land border checkpoint, for I was crossing the Mae Sot – Myawaddy border from Thailand to Myanmar.
Tip: As per official guidelines, you’re allowed to enter Myanmar from any port of entry, irrespective of what you’ve chosen on your Myanmar eVisa application. However, given the poor standing of the Indian passport, this might slow you down at immigration.
Myanmar visa fee for Indians
The processing fee for the Myanmar eVisa for Indian passport holders is 50$ (~INR 3500). The Myanmar tourist visa I received was a single entry visa that allowed me to stay in the country for 28 days.
Once you make the payment online, you will receive an acknowledgment email with an application number, which you can use to track the status of your application.
Processing time for Myanmar eVisa for Indians
The official processing time to receive your Myanmar eVisa via email is 1 to 3 days. I got mine within 12 hours of applying!
If you’re short on time, you could apply for the Myanmar tourist visa express service, which will ensure you receive it within 24 hours. The processing fee for the Myanmar tourist visa express service is $56 (~INR 3900).
Myanmar visa requirements: Documents, validity and extension
You need to print out your Myanmar eVisa to show it before you board your flight, and at the port of entry in Myanmar. The eVisa remains valid for 90 days from the date of issue, of which you can stay for 28 days in Myanmar. At the time of writing this, there were no provisions to extend this eVisa for a longer stay.
Myanmar visa on arrival for Indian citizens
According to the Embassy of Myanmar in India, the Myanmar visa on arrival is available for Indian passport holders landing at international airports – before November 2019. The fee and duration of stay is the same as that for the eVisa.
I haven’t tried availing this yet. If you do, let me know how it goes?
Myanmar visa at the Myanmar embassy in India
If you want to get a longer tourist visa, or save a little bit of money, you could apply for the Myanmar tourist visa at the Embassy of Myanmar in New Delhi. The processing fee is INR 2800, and the processing time is usually 2 days. Besides the visa application form and two recent photos, you also need to show confirmed hotel and flight bookings.
The Myanmar visa is among the easiest we can get on the Indian passport. Reason enough to plan a trip to this incredible country? I think so.
This post is co-written with Remya Padmadas – a journalist by day and dreamer the rest of the time. She aspires to travel the world and become a teller of stories.
Have you been to Myanmar? How was your eVisa / visa on arrival experience?
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