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24th October 2009
Myanmar (Burma) Embassy in Thailand
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For those traveling to Myanmar information on the Myanmar (Burmese) Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand may be helpful in making preparations for a Myanmar visa application. The government of the Union of Myanmar requires a sort of “exit visa” for those leaving the country if they have not received a Myanmar visa before entering the country. Therefore, it is highly advisable to obtain a Myanmar visa before traveling to the country as it will make the entrance and exit process a great deal more streamlined. Myanmar requires many foreign nationals to obtain a visa in any event. That being said, the Myanmar visa application process can be a rather cumbersome undertaking as the Myanmar Consular Section, although very courteous and polite, seems to have a very heavy caseload of visa applications.
Out of all the countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Myanmar is the only one that does not allow visa free travel for nationals of member nations. Therefore, those wishing to travel to Myanmar will likely need a visa unless they are able to enter on some sort of visa exemption.
The Myanmar Embassy is in Bangkok near Sathorn Road in the Silom area. Currently, the Consular Section is undergoing renovations so the waiting room is in a state of some disarray. Therefore, foreknowledge of the protocols may be beneficial. Currently, all applicants must submit their visa applications in person. Therefore, one cannot send a messenger in one’s stead. Applicant’s must get a number from the first window. The Consular officer will go over the visa application and if approved they will ask the applicant to remit their passport and return to pick it up. If the applicant submits the application late in the day, then it may be necessary to wait until the following day to pick up the visa and passport. Myanmar visas are usually issued with a validity of 30 days. That being said, unlike a Thailand visa or an American visa, the Myanmar visa only allows presence in the country during that time period. Unlike Thai or US visas the entrant will not be stamped into the country in lawful status that may surpass the underlying visa’s initial validity. Something akin to a Thai visa extension must be obtained in order to remain in the Union of Myanmar longer than the initial visa’s validity period.
The Consulate will give the applicant a visa stamp in their passport as well as another slip which must be presented along with the visa at the Immigration checkpoint in Myanmar. After being stamped into Myanmar, the entrant can remain until the visa expires. Myanmar allows for tourist as well as business visas. That being said, business visas can be difficult to obtain.
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