How to Apply For A Myanmar Tourist Visa in the Philippines

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.

4. PAYMENT
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.

TRAVEL SAFELY!

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My Myanmar Visa

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46 thoughts on “How to Apply For A Myanmar Tourist Visa in the Philippines

    • hi there! I booked via Air Asia and took a Kuala Lumpur to Yangon and Yangon to Bangkok flight. It was cheap. Right now, there’s a Bangkok to Mandalay or vice versa which you can get for less than a hundred (maybe between $45-70) – promo fare of course.

  1. Do your instructions apply if you carry a U.S. passport? It seems that you can get the visa faster if applying from the Philippines rather than the U.S. I am a bit pressed for time.

    • Hi Antonio. I’m not sure about US Citizens. It would be best to direct your concern to the embassy because internet information may not be reliable.

  2. Im in BKK and will be spending holiday in Yangon, do I need to apply a visa or I can get an arrival visa in the airport?

  3. Hi Rica. Question, does the Myanmar Embassy require personal appearance? or can I apply for myself and my parents without them coming with me to the embassy? Thanks!

    • I had the opportunity to use the process two weeks ago. The work was done for me after I arrived in Manila, by my sister’s secretary, after I completed and signed the visa application form. Make sure you have all the required documentation as listed in the Myanmar web site. The only problem was that the embassy’s stamping machine was broken for days (this was during and after Haiyan) and even when it was finally replaced, it was too late by the time I had to leave. I ended up spending most of my only full day in Bangkok getting the Myanmar visa.

  4. Hi! I find this very helpful I am interested to travel to Myanmar sometime early next year. I live in Bacolod City. Is there a way I can get a tourist visa online or by mail? And do they still require the bank statement record?

    • Hi Ysobel! I believe you have to go to the embassy to do this but please do check with local travel agencies first before booking a flight to Manila just to be sure. And when I applied last year, they did not ask for a bank statement.

      hey i’m from Bacolod too!

  5. Hey thanks for the prompt reply!.. You are actually making it sound quick and easy! Thanks for the info. I will check with the local agencies first might be worth paying extra rather than flying all the way to Manila 😉

  6. Hi Rica, Thanks for the great info, I’ve found out more about the process on applying for a visa to Myanmar than any other place.

    I flying to Manila tomorrow from Cebu and I have a few questions. 1) what time does the embassy open and was there a long line to get in.

    2) how long does the process take? Im trying to get back to work the same day and would hope that it wouldn’t take all day.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi! The embassy office hours is from 930 am to 5pm. I also updated the above information. And during my application, I only saw about 3 – 4 applicants.

      In my case, it took 3 business days. I hope your application will work out. Best of luck!

      • Thanks for the info Rica. I hope the dropping off process goes quickly because I gotta catch a plane back to cebu at 12noon.

  7. Visa on arrival is strictly for business. If you are a tourist, you can apply at the embassy or use pre-approved visa on arrival service. The pre-approved VOA is done through agent like EvisaAsia.com.

    One thing, Philippines tourist does not need a visa to Myanmar now.

  8. I am Filipino who is working in Thailand. I was off loaded with my flight bound to Myanmar at Don Mueang Intl Airport in Bangkok on December 22, 2013. The Check-in Supervisor was looking for Myanmar tourist visa. I told him that Filipinos are now excempted from myanmar visa. Yet, he kept on telling me that they were not inform about it! Any suggestion of what action I must do?

    • Hi Terry,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry that you have to go through this and I’m also sorry if I cannot give the exact answer. For now, I’ll put myself in your shoes so I think the best thing to do right now at your end is to get in touch with the Myanmar embassy and the Philippine embassy in Thailand just so you’d know what to relay in case you’ll be questioned. I’m not sure who should be responsible in relaying the information to airport personnel, but in any case, it would be good to ask suggestions from the respective embassies first. I hope this helps.

  9. Hey, just a heads up when applying for the visa you also need to provide a plane ticket to show when you’ll be traveling to the country. I had to scramble to find a place to print the ticket and bring it back.

  10. so now there is visa-free on myanmar so means you dont hv to go to myanmar embassy just flight ticket only and ready to go it that is what visa-free means?

  11. Hi Rica,

    Just double checking if it’s visa free to Myanmar for Filipino passport holders (14 days only). Sorry, I know you’ve written it so many times but just wanting to make sure as Phil news is not that reliable sometimes. Wondering if calling the embassy would be a better and safer option? Or have you or anyone you know ever double checked it with the Myanmar Embassy?

    Thanks,
    Cat

  12. Hi Rica,

    My name is James from Manila, and I will be traveling to Myanmar on April 9, for 14 days since it is free visa. I like to stay in Yangon for longer period. Were there be a problem if I fly in bkk to apply for visa after my 14 days free visa? Thank you very much.

    • Hi James,

      It would be best to call the embassy for your inquiry. Telephone number is: (02) 893-1944, 812-3644
      Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:30am to 5:00pm

      Regards,
      Rica

  13. Hi Rica, I am an Indian living in Philippines right now. I am a student. I want to visit my relatives in Myanmar. Can I get Myanmar Visa for two months.?.I want to stay there for two months during my holidays. Thank you.

    • Hello there! It would be best to contact the Embassy of Myanmar in Manila for your inquiry. The number is (02) 893-1944 or (02) 812-3644. Thank you!

  14. Hi Rica. When you went to Myanmar, did you avail of a tour package? If yes, may I know what agency? I’m going there solo this August and I feel challenged with the itinerary and others. Hope you can help me. Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Celeste! Thank you for reading. When I went there I did everything by myself – from booking buses, hostels, temple tours, etc. Yes it can be very challenging but I think right now they’re more ready than they were 3 years ago. Is there anything in particular that you’d want to know about?

  15. Hi rica,
    I have plan to go in myanmar this coming december,gud if still have a free visa,but can i asked if how to or how u book ur hostels buses and temple tours?

    • Hi Lou Ann,

      Thank you for your email. When I did it back in 2012, I emailed Motherland Inn Yangon for my first night. But for the rest, I just went there and took my chances – no bookings whatsoever. I wouldn’t recommend this though unless you’re okay with “ugly/dirty” rooms. You can check hostelbookers.com or hostelworld.com for accommodations.

      As for trips / tours, you can arrange this with your hostel or you can do it yourself. I never booked a tour with a tour agency. I did all the sightseeing tours by myself. In Bagan, I hired a horsecart driver for my first day but did everything by bike on the next. In Mandalay, to go to far places, I just hired a motorcycle driver, whom I found standing by on a street.

      If you want to save money, I suggest that you just do it yourself. But if you don’t want to risk it, then you can ask your hostel for assistance.

      Happy trails!

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