Myanmar Travel Advice: General Information
Please do not get confused:
The information below is supplied for informational purposes only if you decide to add on a trip to Myanmar proper before or after your dive trip. If you are diving in the Mergui Archipelago, almost none of this information applies to you. When you go diving in Burma you will not go to the capital of Myanmar or anywhere else in the north. You do not need a visa for Myanmar (Burma) to go diving , you do not need flights to Myanmar, nor do you need to know any of the information we have provided below. When you book a diving trip to the Mergui Archipelago in Mynamar, we make all of the arrangements and you depart and return to Thailand.
Mynamar is a fascinating and diverse country to visit and much much less developed commercially than Thailand is.
Getting to Myanmar
Myanmar is served internationally by:
Yangon has direct air-links with:
Bangkok | Brunei | Singapore | Hong Kong | Calcutta | Chiang Mai | Dhaka | Doha | Jakarta | Karachi
Kuala Lumpur | Kunming | London | Osaka
Cruise Ships call at Yangon Port with visa on arrival being granted on prior arrangement.
For more information about liveaboard dive trips to the Mergui Archipelago in the south of Myanmar, please see our dive sites section.
Overland entry with a Border Pass is permitted at the following Border Check Points: Kyukoke, Namkhan and Muse on the Myanmar-Yunnan (China) border; and Tachileik, Myawaddy and Kawthaung on the Myanmar-Thai border (Ranong, where the dive boats leave from).
Passport and Visa
A valid passport with entry visa is required for all tourists & businessmen, applicable at Myanmar Embassies and Consulate General Offices abroad. Both Tourist Visa & Business Visa are valid for 28 days, extendible to 14 days for tourists & 3-months for business.
There are two types of Visas: Visa on Arrival and EVT.
Visa on Arrival
This procedure was specially designed for the tourists who live in a country where there is no Myanmar Embassy. But now everybody can apply. It works like this: Tourists send information necessary to an authorized local travel company and that travel company will do all the paperwork in Myanmar. Then the company will send an approval letter which clients have to show to airlines and immigration officer when entering Myanmar. The information of the clients as follows is necessary:
- Visitors full name and passport numbers
- Date of issue and place of issue
- Date of expiration
- Father’s name
- Date of Birth and place of birth
- Home address.
- Two (2) recent passport size photographs.
- Countries for passport validity (generally this is 'all' if you are from a Western Country)
Visa-on-arrival takes about 10 working days but sometimes it takes 3-days. (In other words, who the heck knows so plan ahead).
Tourists can apply for an EVT visa at Myanmar Embassies & Consulates General offices worldwide
Yangon International Airport is located 20 km from downtown Yangon. The Arrival Terminal is located separately from the Departure Terminal and the Domestic Terminal and simplified procedures ensure that on arrival and departure, international passengers are processed quickly through immigration and customs.
A Limousine Service Counter is located in the arrival hall. Major hotels provide transfer services; and taxis are also available. Passengers are advised not to use the services of touts for taxi.
The airport tax is US $10 for international passengers, payable in FEC (Foreign Exchange Certificates). There is no airport tax on domestic flights.
Duty Free Shopping
Duty Free shopping facilities are available in both the departure and arrival Halls of Yangon International Airport.
International airlines maintain offices in Yangon.
Tourist information is available at the Arrival Hall of Yangon International Airport; Head Office in downtown Yangon at 77-91 Sule Pagoda Road (Tel: 95-1-252859); Bagan Office (Tel:95062-252859); Mandalay Office (Tel: 95-2-60356, 02-60357) at Mandalay Swan Hotel; Taunggyi Office (Tel: 95-081-21611, 95-081-21302) at Taunggyi Hotel; Kawthaung Office; Tachileik Office and Muse Office.