Applying in person
You can apply for a visa in person at the Myanmar consulate, at Sun Hung Kai Centre, Room 2401, 30 Harbour Road, Wanchai (telephone 2845 0810).Visa applications are accepted between 9 a.m. and 12 noon, Monday to Friday. Processing takes around two working days though if you need a rush visa you can ask what they can do (an e-visa, below, tends to be a good option in a rush too). Full details of the process are available here.
You should submit one recent colour photographs against a white background (size 35mm x 45mm), one completed visa application form, and a name card, business card, student identification card or leave letter from your employer. You will also need to show evidence of an itinerary or travel booking. Ensure that you have at least one valid visa/blank page in your passport and at least six months’ validity left. The Myanmar visa takes up a whole page so if you don’t have one full page left and need a visa before you can replace your passport, an e-visa (below) may be your only option, as it takes a much smaller space.
The fee for a single entry tourist visa, valid for a period of twenty eight days, is HK$150.
There is also an online option to get an “e-visa”. The website is run by one of the country’s ministries and can be found here. The application process is short and straightforward. The fee (which must be paid by credit card, to a Singaporean company) is US$50 (HKD388), for a twenty eight day tourist visa. This is substantially more expensive than applying through the consulate. I received online confirmation of my application approval within a couple of days of submitting the form online.
Once you arrive in Myanmar, you show the e-mail you have received during the application process at the e-visa line in immigration, and the visa and entry stamp will be chopped in your passport, as shown below. This service is only available at Yangon, Mandalay and Nap Pyi Taw airports so if you plan to enter the country by another means such as overland or by sea the e-visa option won’t be suitable.
Guest Blogger: Christopher R.