Getting a Myanmar visa in Chiang Mai

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
  • 800 1600 THB cash (or 1600 2400 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 (800 1600 THB ≈ $22.75 $45.75 vs. $50 for eVisa on Arrival)
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7 Responses to Getting a Myanmar visa in Chiang Mai

  1. Joanne says:

    Thanks for sharing. Found your post to be very helpful. I will also be applying for a visa upon arriving Chiang Mai later this summer. Regarding that second page that you couldn’t find online, here is the link for the 2-page application:

  2. lid says:

    I’m glad you found it useful! Thanks for the link to the application, I’ve added it to the post.

  3. Dustin Main says:

    Thanks for the helpful information. I was able to head down today and apply for my visa in about 10 minutes.

    A couple of things to note:

    1) They offered to photocopy my passport for 5 baht
    2) The price for the visa changed on December 1st, 2016 to 1600 baht from 800 baht for 2 day service. This means that it’s probably just cheaper and easier to do it online now.

  4. Cihan Boz says:

    Would be great if you could update the new price for the visa. I read your blog post without the comments before going there and was shocked that they wanted 1600 THB for the Tourist visa now. It’s much easier to do it online…

  5. lid says:

    @Cihan @Dustin Thanks for the updated information. :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Great post, would love to see more in the future!

  7. Markus says:

    Does anybody know if it is a problem to get a meditation visa for Myanmar in Chiang Mai?

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