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How to apply for a Visa to Myanmar in Manila

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma is a place where you can find interesting tourist attractions. The country has numerous temples as far as the eyes can see, the alluring lakes, and the grandeur of Shwedagon pagoda, which makes it, a must visit place.

Myanmar Visa Approved
Myanmar Visa Approved

A visit to Burma requires careful planning and a prior research are required as the country is changing in a rapid pace. Applying for a visa is the first and foremost thing to be done while planning to visit a country. A visa is mandatory to enter Myanmar even for Filipinos who are citizens of a member country of ASEAN. Myanmar currently offers visa on arrival for Business Travelers but getting a Visa is not a difficult affair for Philippine nationals.

Luna at the Myanmar Embassy
Luna at the Myanmar Embassy

Documents required for obtaining a Myanmar Visa
The Myanmar Embassy is located in Makati City and one need the following documents to obtain a Visa from the Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

  • A valid passport
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Soft copy of photos
  • A waiver that is signed stating that the applicant will not publish anything against the Government of Myanmar.

The Government of Myanmar is cautious about the people working in media and also the journalists. Hence a signed waiver becomes essential. There are also chances that if the company name of the applicant has the word “media” attached to it or if the applicant is a journalist his/her application may get rejected. For a business visa, the application procedure is:

  • Two copies of filled application for business/entry visa and a copy of report on arrival form. Each set of application should be duly signed by the applicant.
  • 2 request letters of a business visa application
  • A sponsorship letter stating the business profile briefly

An applicant should apply for the Visa personally. The embassy building is located just opposite to Makati Cinema Square. If you dont have a passport photo yet, A Kodak Studio is located inside Makati Cinema Square and the people there know the requirements of the embassy well, and it is easy to get a photo done at a cost of Php 78.

Passport photo ID Session with Luna and Gay Emami
Passport photo ID Session with Luna and Gay Emami of

The scanned photograph should have the dimension 300 dpi in JPG format. The soft copy of the photograph should be given in a CD. Spouse of a Myanmar national, children of a foreigner and a Myanmar national, and people who have surrendered their Myanmar citizenship is eligible for a social visit visa. Any false statements made during the time of applying for the visa would result in refusal/cancellation of the visa.

Address of Myanmar Embassy in Manila

Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
8th floor Gervasia Corporate Centre
152 Amorsolo Street (at the back of Makati Cinema Square)
Legaspi Village, Makati City in Metro Manila
Telephone Number : (0063-2) 893-1944, 812-3644
Fax : (0063-2) 892-8866

Visa Application fee
The visa application fee is US $25 or Php 1,100. The cost incurred is comparatively less than that required for visa on arrival. The cost for visa on arrival is US$30. Processing of visa takes 3 working days. The Myanmar visa has validity of 3 months and 28 days upon arrival in the country.

Helpful Links : Myanmar eVisa

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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