UPDATE as of May 21, 2015: Please visit http://www.go-myanmar.com/visas for more information
UPDATE as of Jan 16, 2014: Beginning 04 January 2014, Filipino nationals holding ordinary passports may now enter Myanmar without a visa and stay there for up to 14 days. (from Philembassy-Yangon)
UPDATE as of Dec 23, 2013: Filipinos are STILL required to get a Myanmar Visa. According to the Myanmar embassy in Manila, the visa-free policy may take effect in January 2014, but no exact date.
UPDATE as of DEC 18, 2013: Philippine passport holders can now enter Myanmar without a Visa for 14 days. Check article below: Visa-free: Myanmar opens up to PH tourists http://www.rappler.com/nation/45329-myanmar-philippines-visa-exemption-travel
Myanmar is a member of the ASEAN, but a VISA is still required to enter the country. For the DIY-er based in Manila, simply follow the SUPER easy steps below to obtain your Myanmar Tourist Visa:
1. Prepare the following:
a. 1 passport size photo with white background
b. A digital copy of the passport size photo**
**Just go to any photo studio in the Metro and tell the studio employee to save a jpeg file of your passport photo into the CD-R. The photo package with the CD-R costs around Php60-80.
c. Valid passport (must not expire within 6 months from the date of application)
d. Photocopy of the valid passport (2nd page only)
e. Valid ID and photocopy of the valid ID (e.g., driver’s license, SSS, company ID, etc.)
f. $20 or Php 1,100
2. Go to the Myanmar Embassy: Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Address : 8th FLOOR, Gervacia Corporate Centre, 152 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila (it’s right in front of Makati Cinema Square)
Tel : (02) 893-1944, 812-3644
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:30am to 5:00pm
3. Once in the embassy you’ll be given an application form which you have to fill out. One information you have to give is your occupation. Visa application of journalists, lawyers, media personnel, and the like MAY be rejected. NOTE: Work history is not required. You will also be given a waiver that you should sign as a guarantee that you will not be visiting Myanmar to write or report about the government or the military.
a. You will be asked to go to the Bank of China which is along Paseo de Roxas, corner Ayala to deposit the $20. Account details will be given by the Embassy
b. If you don’t want to go to the Bank of China, you can pay at the Embassy but they do not accept dollars. You have to pay Php 1,100 regardless of the dollar conversion.
5. Wait for 3 working days**
**When you call the embassy, the person in charge will tell you that the entire process will take 10 business days but it’s actually just 3 business days for a tourist visa.
Take note: when you’re about to pick up your Visa, make sure to bring the Bank of China payment slip and the claim slip which will be given by the Embassy.