This information is current as of April 2016.
Getting a tourist visa to Myanmar in Chiang Mai is quick and straightforward. There is a conveniently located consulate with very friendly staff, and no appointment is required. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Your passport
- A photocopy of your passport photo page
- Two passport photos
8001600 THB cash (or 16002400 THB for rush service – I’m not sure how fast this is) [Updated 2017-02-20]
- Travel dates
- Address in Myanmar
- Your previous employment information
If you really want to print your own form and fill it out ahead of time, you can find one on their embassy’s website. You can get these forms and fill them out at the Chiang Mai consulate, and they even provide pens and glue-sticks to attach a photo to your application. After submitting your documents, they will review them (~10 minutes), ask you to make any necessary changes, and then you will pay the 800 THB application fee (cash only). The consulate will then give you a receipt and let you know when to return for your passport.
- Normal service time is two days (e.g. drop off Tuesday, pick up Thursday).
- Visa application hours are 09:00-12:00 Monday – Friday. Pick up hours are 15:30-16:30 (normally two days later).
- Although there is a sign at the entrance to the embassy saying something about needing bus/air tickets and a hotel booking, this is not requested when submitting the application.
- Despite Google Maps indicating that the consulate is closed, it’s really open (since July 2015).
- It is (a little) less expensive to obtain a visa ahead of time rather than getting a visa on arrival (
8001600 THB ≈ $22.75$45.75 vs. $50 for eVisa on Arrival)