The Myanmar Ministry of Immigration and Population has launched an eVisa website to issue electronic travel authorization to foreign tourists and businesspersons. The eVisa is part of the Myanmar government’s digitalization drive and has made the visa application process easier, transparent, and online.
The government has also introduced an application process for stay extension and re-entry online. Here’s what visa applicants must know about Myanmar eVisas.
A Myanmar eVisa is an electronic travel authorization granted by its government to foreign nationals to visit the country for the short term. The eVisas are generally issued for visits related to tourism and business. Citizens of foreign countries that are eligible for a Myanmar eVisa can apply through the official online portal of the Myanmar Ministry of Immigration and Population.
The application process can be completed in four steps – fill out the digital form, make the payment via credit/debit card, receive an approval letter, and finally, get the visa stamped at the port of entry upon arrival. Applicants can track the status of their application using their passport or application number. They can also use the Ongoing Application option to resume the application process from where they stopped.
Read on to learn more about the Myanmar eVisa application
All applicants can use Natvisa or the government site to start the application. At present, all applicants are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. At the beginning of the application form, all applicants must share the dates of their first, second, and booster doses of COVID-19 vaccination and specify the name of their COVID-19 vaccine. They also have to upload a copy of their vaccination certificate.
They should also share information about their travel insurance. There is also an option to purchase new travel insurance at the eVisa application portal. All travelers must carry copies of the eVisa approval letter and other documents with them. Immigration officials at the airport will verify the documents before stamping the eVisa. Foreign travelers should also submit a health declaration upon arrival at a Myanmar port of entry. Submitting incorrect information may result in legal action.
Myanmar eVisa applicants need to fill in the following information about their travel insurance:
After this, applicants should upload a copy of their insurance certificate to move forward.
As part of the eVisa application, all travelers should share information about their identity, passport, and health. They need to share the following details about their identity:
All applicants must share a few details about their passports:
If the applicants are coming through a travel agency, they should provide details, including the agency’s name and contact information.
If a child is traveling with the applicant, he/she must provide the information, including the child’s name, date of birth, and gender. Note that if the child is above seven years of age, he/she will require a separate eVisa.
Children with separate passports (even those who are below seven years) need separate eVisas. The next step is to upload the below documents:
On this page, applicants can verify the information that they had submitted. The data shared in the application form must match the information in the passport. Otherwise, the applicant will be denied entry to Myanmar.
The next step is to pay. The application fee for a Myanmar e-tourist visa is US$50. Applicants can use their debit/credit cards to make payments. Following the payment, they can click the submit button. The application will be sent to the authorities.
All applicants should agree to the following terms and conditions:
Officials at the Myanmar Ministry of Immigration and Population will verify the completed application forms. If found eligible, they will issue an approval letter. In most cases, this approval letter will be delivered to the registered email address of the applicant within a few hours. The applicant can contact the embassy if the letter is not delivered within 24 hours.
After receiving the letter, the applicant should take a printout of the same and he/she should carry it while traveling to Myanmar. As per the Myanmar visa rules, this is a mandatory requirement. Officials at the immigration counter will check this and other supporting documents before allowing entry to the country. It is important for travelers to take printouts of all the application forms as well as the documents uploaded on the eVisa website to avoid delays.
Online application for Myanmar eVisa for tourism and business is comparatively straightforward. However, the system is not without flaws. Some of these issues have made it a bit difficult for applicants to maneuver through the website. Here’s what visitors need to know about the online application so that they can be prepared.
There is a high chance that the applicant misses the option to upload the photograph because of its positioning. Also, the website does not register the uploaded photograph at times. It shows an error message during the confirmation stage to re-upload the photograph. Applicants will have to go back to the previous page and upload the photograph again till it gets accepted.
If and when the website crashes, applicants will have to start the application again. They can also click the Ongoing Application option below the Apply Visa page on the home page and answer a few questions to resume the visa application. However, this may not always work. There is no option as such for missing the field to upload the photograph. During verification of the confirmation page, applicants will get an error message. They can go back to the previous page and upload it.
Making the payment is in the Myanmar Embassy’s website is not an easy task. Many times the website crashes during this step. The payment process is also a bit lengthy. At times, it can take more than 15 minutes.
There is no actual solution as such for this. The Myanmar government must take action to resolve the issue.
The website sometimes shows an empty white page after the payment and it crashes. Once this happens, applicants cannot continue. They have to stop the application process.
Applicants have to wait till the problem gets resolved. They are advised to contact the Myanmar immigration authorities or post a status inquiry with them through the website.
It takes a minimum of three days to process a Myanmar eVisa. However, depending on the number of applications and the embassy, visa processing may take a few more days.
At present, citizens of over 70 foreign countries, including the US, UK, and Canada, are eligible for a Myanmar eVisa.
Yes. It is always good to carry a printed copy of the eVisa. Immigration officers may ask travelers to provide it.
There is not much that can be done about it. The individual can contact the nearest Myanmar embassy to inquire if they offer a solution or they can apply for a new Myanmar eVisa.
An eVisa is limited to tourism and business-related activities. Individuals seeking to enroll in a course must apply for a Myanmar education visa at an embassy.
It is possible for individuals to use the eVisa to enter Myanmar via land ports at the Thailand-Myanmar and India-Myanmar borders. Additionally, a Myanmar education visa can be obtained at an embassy.
If a child is traveling with the applicant, the applicant must provide information such as the child’s name, date of birth, and gender. Children above seven years old, or those with separate passports, require separate eVisas.