Visa policy of Myanmar

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Any foreign national who wishes to enter Myanmar must obtain a visa unless they are a citizen of one of the eligible visa exempt countries. All visitors to Myanmar must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months.[1][2][3]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Myanmar

Visa exemption[edit]

30 days[edit]

Holders of normal passports issued by the following two countries do not require a visa to enter Myanmar for tourism and business visits for up to 30 days, unless otherwise stated.[1][2][3] Nationals of these jurisdictions may enter by and depart from any port of entry.[2][3]

From 1 October 2018 until 30 September 2020, tourists hailing from  Hong Kong,  Macao,  Japan and  South Korea were allowed entry into Myanmar without a visa.[4][5][6] They were allowed to enter by and depart from any port of entry in Myanmar.[2][3]

14 days[edit]

Holders of normal passports issued by the following six countries do not require a visa to enter Myanmar for tourism and business visits for up to 14 days.[1][2][3] According to the Government of Myanmar, nationals of these jurisdictions must enter by and depart from either Yangon International Airport, Nay Pyi Taw International Airport or Mandalay International Airport in order to be granted visa-free entry.[2][3]

Visa on arrival[edit]

Holders of normal passports issued by the following countries who are travelling as tourists may obtain a visa on arrival at Yangon International Airport, Nay Pyi Taw International Airport or Mandalay International Airport valid for up to 30 days.[17] They must pay a fee of US$50 for the visa.[14][15][17][18]

eVisa[edit]

Myanmar launched an eVisa system on 1 September 2014. eVisas are issued online for tourism and business purposes only. An evisa is issued within 3 working days, is valid for 90 days from the date of issue and allows a maximum stay of up to 28 days (for tourists) or 70 days (for business travellers with an invitation). The fee for a business eVisa is US$70, while a tourist eVisa costs US$50.[3][19] Visas are issued free of charge to children under 7.[20]

The list of eligible countries was expanded twice, first in October 2014, then in January 2015. In July 2015, the business eVisa was introduced.

Holders of eVisas must enter from one of the following ports of entry:[3][2][19]

Nationals of the following countries are eligible:

Note:
1 - Countries eligible for business/tourist e-visa along with visa-free or visa on arrival privilege.
2 - Countries eligible for business/tourist e-visa.
# - British citizens are eligible for business/tourist e-visa. All other classes of British nationality are eligible for tourist e-visa only.
No mark - Countries eligible for tourist e-visa only.

The eVisa system may be extended to other nationalities and ports of entry in the future and may include the issuance of other types of visas.[21]

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

Holders of diplomatic and official/service passports of the following countries do not require a visa for Myanmar:[22]

90 days

Bangladesh, Colombia, India, Israel, Japan (diplomatic passport only), South Korea, Morocco, Nepal, Russia, Serbia

30 days

Belarus, Brazil, Cambodia, China, North Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam

Other arrangements[edit]

A visa on arrival for business purposes is available for citizens from 52 countries/territories flying into Yangon International Airport, Naypyidaw Airport or Mandalay International Airport using the application form and with company registration and invitation documents.[17][23][24]

Myanmar Airways claims that nationals of all countries and jurisdictions may obtain a tourist visa on arrival valid for 28 days provided they are arriving at Yangon International Airport on a specific flight on Myanmar Airways International from Guangzhou, though this seems to conflict with the Myanmar Visa on Arrival requirements.[25]

In August 2017 an expansion of the visa on arrival system was announced.[26] In October 2018 an expansion of the visa-free system was announced for early 2019.[27]

Statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Myanmar on short term basis were from the following countries of nationality:[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (2019). "eVisa Application". Ministry of Hotels & Tourism Myanmar. Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population (2019). "Myanmar eVisa (Official Government Website)". evisa.moip.gov.mm. Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "The amended announcement of Visa Exemption to enter Myanmar for ordinary passport holders of Japan and South Korea" (PDF). Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Terms and Conditions for The Tourists from Special Administrative Regions of PRC (Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR) for Visa Exemption
  6. ^ Theingi Win Tin (17 August 2019). "Myanmar extends visa exemption, visa on arrival for 4 countries". Eleven Media Group Co., Ltd. Eleven Media Group Co., Ltd. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  7. ^ Xinhua (18 December 2013). "Myanmar, Cambodia agree on mutual visa exemption for ordinary passport holders - World News - SINA English". english.sina.com. Sina English. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Visa-free entry to Myanmar for Filipinos to be effective in January". philstar.com. The Philippine Star. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  9. ^ Cheewin Sattha; Chananthorn Kamjan (28 July 2015). "Thailand, Myanmar sign visa-free agreement". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  10. ^ Charissa Yong (7 June 2016). "Singapore and Myanmar announce visa exemption for 30-day trips". The Straits Times. The Straits Times. Retrieved 18 November 2019. From Dec 1, Singaporeans travelling to Myanmar for short trips will no longer need to apply for a visa.
  11. ^ Myanmar, Vietnam travellers to get 30-day visa-free visits to boost tourism
  12. ^ "Visa on Arrival applicable for the passport holder of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macao SAR" (PDF). Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  13. ^ 中国领事服务网. "缅甸拟对中国游客实行落地签证政策". Retrieved 2014-09-11.
  14. ^ a b "Tourist Visa Information – EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE UNION OF MYANMAR". www.myanmedelhi.com. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  15. ^ a b Myanmar grants visa-on-arrival to 6 more countries to boost tourism
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ a b c Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. "Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population » On Arrival Visa". Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  18. ^ Myanmar to allow visa on arrival for tourists from five countries
  19. ^ a b "Myanmar eVisa (Official Government Website)". evisa.moip.gov.mm. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  20. ^ Action-Visas. "Myanmar : le visa est gratuit pour les enfants de moins de 7 ans". TourMaG.com, 1er journal des professionnels du tourisme francophone. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Myanmar targets 5 million tourists with e-visa". The Straits Times. The Straits Times. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  22. ^ "Visa Free Travel – MINISTRY of FOREIGN AFFAIR". Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  23. ^ Com, The Phuket News. "World News: PHUKET: Myanmar expands visa on arrival list". The Phuket News Com. Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  24. ^ "Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population » The Required Terms and Conditions for VISA ON ARRIVAL". www.mip.gov.mm. Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  25. ^ "Myanmar visa on arrival". Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  26. ^ "Myanmar to resume issuing visas on arrival to visitors". The Myanmar Times. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  27. ^ "First Tourists Arrive on New Free-Visa System, 21 Western Countries to be Added". The Irrawaddy. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  28. ^ "Myanmar Tourism Statistics". Central Statistical Organization. Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development.

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