A few nationalities can enter Myanmar visa-free for a short period, just 14 days; they are largely from neighbouring countries. The rest require a tourist visa that is valid for 3 months from date of issue and allow 28 days in the country without extensions being available.

It is standard that travellers will be required to obtain a visa for many of the places they wish to visit. When it comes to Indochina travel packages, it is necessary for tourists to understand what they will need to enter each of the countries in their itinerary. Good Myanmar tour operators will be happy to help with everything. It is important to keep abreast of chances that happen periodically and liaise with the company organising your Myanmar holiday.

There is a visa-online service that does away with the need to visit a consulate or embassy. There is an online application form with the secure facility to pay the fee. You can expect to wait between 3 and 7 working days to get your approval letter which is for presentation on your arrival to begin a Myanmar tour package. You need to read the instructions thoroughly so that you provide all the information that is required in order to meet Myanmar’s requirements. The letter will arrive by e mail and you should print it off and keep the copy with you as you begin your journey for production on arrival. You must realise that until very recently this facility was only possible if you are arriving at Yangon or Mandalay International Airports. As of September 2016 there are land crossing at Tachileik, Myawaddy and Kawthaung that can process ‘’e visas’’.

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Here is how to prepare; be able to provide the following when you arrive:
•    A passport with at least 6 months’ remaining validity.
•    2 passport size photos with a plain blue or white background.
•    The approval letter.
•    The fee, currently $30.

The approval letter will be issued as long as you provide details of your flights, confirmation of a blank page in your passport and the required validity.

The authorities require additional information that must be filled in on the application form including your religion, father’s name,occupation, home address and contact telephone number, place of birth, personal features and your intended address in Myanmar.

If you are already in Asia before you decide to visit Myanmar there are embassies that will process your visa request and you should check the details relating to the embassy that it is most convenient for you to visit. Should you decide to book a Myanmar travel package from a Myanmar tour operator you can expect to get advice and help should you require it. It certainly makes sense to make use of such a service if you have any doubts.

Myanmar has only recently become a tourist destination yet it contains many attractions, natural and manmade. The people are naturally hospitable and the slight inconvenience of needing a visa should never be a reason not to visit.

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