As the number of tourists traveling to Myanmar has
increased sharply, it takes longer than before to apply for Myanmar
visa. Make sure to give the embassy enough time to finish your visa.
There are two types of tourist visa: FIT (Foreign Independent Traveler)
and group visa. In special cases (e.g. if there is no Myanmar Embassy on
your continent) we can arrange a ‘Visa on Arrival’ which is issued at
entry into Myanmar. But we really do this only in exceptional cases! And
be prepared that this is much more complicated than the regular visa.
Regulations for this type of visa are changing constantly.
The price is around US$ 30.- for a Tourist Visa (depending on the
country, and the duration of stay permitted is 28 days, not renewable).
Business Visa (duration of stay permitted 70 days, renewable) cost
around US$ 40.- but for this an invitation from a Myanmar company is
former times the only place to enter the country was Yangon Airport.
Until today, most of the visitors arrive at Yangon by air. Nowadays it
is possible to enter the country via Manda-lay and Naypyidaw (new
capital) airports, too. Recently some Burmese cities along the Thai
border have been opened for overland entry – and it is possible, to
continue from there to the Myanmar mainland (e.g. via Mae Sot/Myawaddy).
There is even a bus running from Bangkok to Yangon along this route, for
details pls. check the net. Another entry point is Mae Sai/Tachileik.
Here foreigners may cross into Myanmar and continue overland to
Tachileik/Kyaingtong (Kengtung). However, from there they are not
allowed to continue overland but have to take an airplane to reach other
destinations in Myanmar. The same is true for Ranong/Kawthaung: from
here the traveler can continue by plane to other destina-tions in the
country. Those who enter the country at Three Pagodas pass are not
allowed to continue further at the moment.
It is also possible to enter Myanmar from various points in China such
as Ruili/Muse or Mengla. Of course this requires a permit - our company
can help you to get the necessary documents even though this may take
some time. Generally spoken, the Myanmar govern-ment is eager to attract
more tourists and might open additional crossing points in the near
future. Generally, we’d advise our clients in any case to check the
newest regulations before trying to enter Myanmar as things can change
Foreign exchange not exceeding the equivalent of US$ 10,000.- (ten
thousand US $) may be imported to Myanmar without declaration. Any
foreign currencies exceeding this amount must be declared as well as
gemstones, jewelry, gold, electrical appliances and video cameras. As
mentioned before, you may bring your mobile phones into Myanmar even
though it is not always easy to get a SIM-card. Maybe this will change
when the two new mobile phone operators have established their service.
Every visitor may import two liters of alcoholic beverage and two
cartons of cigarettes free of charge.
Antiques and objects of archaeological value exceeding a
certain age may not be exported. Gold, silver and jewelry may only be
exported if acquired in a store licensed by the government.