Yangon Nightlife - A Short Discussion

By: Barrero Rotner

Despite the alleged visa on arrival program posted on Myanmar governmental websites, 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 fast if you are in a hurry. When I arrived at 8:30am there was currently a line of about thirty. Continue down the block (absent from Sathon Street) and you will see a couple of yellow signs for a copy shop that's tucked into an aspect street.

Here you can get the required photocopies of your passport and flight reservation (only needed for same-day express visas). They also do passport pictures. You can actually get the Myanmar visa application right here for a couple of baht cash and fill it out at tables right here or while you're waiting around in line for the visa segment 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 (promptly), the line had to be close to eighty. Regardless of the figures, 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 looked it more than for anything 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 evidence of the necessity to rush it (ie. a flight departing as well soon for you to wait). I experienced 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 asked for an address in Myanmar. I currently had a hotel reservation (with free cancellation) from Agoda.com; others just put a most likely hotel deal with.

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 provided all the paperwork, you get a number and wait around to go to Window 2 to spend the charge. This was about an additional 5 minutes wait for me. Cash only (Thai baht) and plan for exact change because there's no guarantee they'll have it. (I paid out 1260 baht on February 1, 2013). You hand in the paperwork as well as your passport, hand more than the money, and obtain a receipt telling you to return at 3:30pm that day (hours 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 doorways open to heading home.

I returned at about 3:15 and the line was one hundred people lengthy! 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 under 15 minutes and up to the counter to gather in another 15 minutes, so a 30-minute wait around from when the doors 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 isn't suggested. (Make sure you read in the event you require convincing.)

Give yourself time and do it with a couple of days to spare if you can. It will take two business days usually, or one business day for a charge, and the specific visa (as indicated here) for one more fee. The Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Bangkok is closed on both 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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