Yangon Nightlife - A Brief Discussion

By: Barrero Rotner

Despite the alleged visa on arrival program posted on Myanmar governmental web sites, your very best bet for a visa to Myanmar (outside your home country) is the Myanmar Embassy in Thailand.

The Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok is reliable and can be quick in the event you are in a hurry. When I arrived at 8:30am there was currently a line of about 30. Carry on down the block (away from Sathon Street) and also you will see a couple of yellow signs for a duplicate shop that's tucked into an aspect street.

Right here you can get the needed photocopies of your passport and flight reservation (only needed for same-day express visas). They also do passport pictures. You can really pick up the Myanmar visa application right here for a few baht cash and fill it out at tables right here or while you're waiting in line for the visa section to open.

When I returned with my visa application a couple of minutes later on the line experienced exceeded 40. By 9 am when the doorways opened (immediately), the line had to be close to eighty. Regardless of the numbers, it took about 15 minutes before I was inside the air-conditioned waiting room. From there the line moved a bit more slowly. In 30 minutes I handed my application in at Window 1, the clerk seemed it more than for something lacking, she glued the photo on (the duplicate middle even included a paperclip with the application for the second required photo). She gave asked me why I needed an specific visa. Technically they do not have to give it when you have no proof of the necessity to rush it (ie. a flight departing too soon for you to wait). I had a flight that day to Vietnam and my Myanmar flight which was as well close to my return date to Bangkok to get a visa. So I had both itineraries to show her, but later on in the day I found other vacationers who merely had claimed the impending flight with out any paper proof.

The application requested for an address in Myanmar. I currently had a hotel reservation (with free cancellation) from Agoda.com; others just put a likely hotel address.

For a vacationer visa you have to consist of a short work history. What had been your final two jobs, starting and end dates, work phone number, job title. It is essential not to consist of the obvious red flags: journalist, photographer, human rights activist, rabble rouser, terrorist, missionary.

When the clerk at the initial window affirms that you simply have filled in every thing essential and supplied all the paperwork, you get a number and wait around to go to Window 2 to spend the fee. This was about an additional 5 minutes wait for me. Cash only (Thai baht) and plan for exact change simply because there's no guarantee they'll have it. (I paid 1260 baht on February 1, 2013). You hand in the paperwork as well as your passport, hand more than the money, and receive a receipt telling you to return at 3:30pm that day (hrs can change but will be posted outside the door) with the receipt to gather your passport. I was back on the Skytrain platform by 10 am. One hour from doors open to heading home.

I returned at about 3:15 and the line was one hundred people long! When the doorway opened, it moved quick as the line split into normal visas (Window 1), specific visas (Window 2 and the clear majority that day), and business visas (Window 4). Regardless of the lengthy line, I was inside in below 15 minutes and up to the counter to gather in an additional 15 minutes, so a 30-minute wait around from when the doorways opened at 3:30pm.

There is also a new Visa on Arrival in Myanmar. Or so the authorities officially states. The Myanmar Visa on Arrival is not suggested. (Please study in the event you require convincing.)

Give your self time and do it with a couple of days to spare if you can. It takes two business days usually, or one business day for a charge, and the specific visa (as indicated here) for yet another fee. The Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Bangkok is shut on each Thai and Myanmar public holidays.

132 Sathorn Nua Street, Bangkok 10500 (entrance is on Thanon Pan not Sathorn)
Tel : (662) 233-2237, 234-4698, 233-7250, 234-4789, 237-7744
Fax : (233) 236-6898

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