PASSPORT AND VISAS
Travelers are advised to obtain a visa in their home country prior to entering Myanmar. Specific advice on up-to-date requirements should be obtained from the consulate offices in your country.
For general guidance, please note the following:
Passport must have at least 6 months remaining validity at the time of travel. Foreigners must always carry their passport whilst traveling.
Visa processing time is between 5 and 10 working days at most Myanmar Consulates or Embassies.
Tourist visas are valid for 28 days
Some Embassies require a ‘confirmation letter’ which we can provide.
When you are traveling overland or by air, please ensure that your passport is in your hand luggage. NEVER pack your passport in your suitcase.
VISAS CAN BE APPLIED ON-LINE
The Myanmar government now allows that visas can be applied on-line for tourists arriving to Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay. Please visit the following website for on-line registration www.evisa.moip.gov.mm. Tourist visas will be allowed for a stay of 28 days. The current cost is USD 50 and will need to be paid on-line.
VISA ON ARRIVAL
The Myanmar Government does NOT issue any longer Visa on Arrival for tourists.
Passengers arriving or departing on cruise ships: Visa must be applied through a Myanmar embassy or through the local ground handler.
RESTRICTED AREAS & OVERLAND BORDER CROSSINGS
Large parts of Myanmar are open to foreign visitors however access to some remote or border areas (India and China) is still subject to government permission. In such situations, Golden Yellow Travel will endeavor to obtain the necessary permits. Please allow one month for procurement of such permits.
The special permit, which will be arranged by Golden Yellow Travel where applicable, is only the permission to cross the border but not the actual visa. The Myanmar visa must be stamped into the clients’ passports prior to their arrival at the Myanmar border.
The following border checkpoints are currently open for tourists:
Muse / Ruli (Yunnan, China)
Tachilek / Mae Sai (north Thailand)
Myawaddy / Mae Sot (west Thailand)
Kawtaung / Ranong (south Thailand)
Tamu (east India)
Regulations for crossing overland borders can change at short notice.
SPECIAL PERMISSION TO OFF-LIMIT AREAS
The tours and places where we need a special permit
Lashio – Muse overland
Muse – Namkhan – Bhamo overland
Bhamo – Myitkyina overland
Myitkyina – Indawgyi Lake overland
Please note that special permission is required to visit the above areas. The permission is granted at the discretion of the Ministry of Tourism and local authorities. To get permission, they need a licensed tour guide to accompany you throughout the trip in that area and you need to book a pre-arranged tour as per the tourism regulations. Otherwise, the permission is not granted.
In order to apply for the permit, we need the client’s full names as spelled in the passports, passport numbers and validity, nationalities and the occupation. We need to submit a copy of their passport to get the approval from the government at least 30 working days prior to arrival. It will take about over one month to get such a permit arranged.
For more information on traveling overland into Myanmar or about travel to “off-limit” areas, please do contact us.