New system of visa on arrival was started in both Yangon (Rangoon) and Mandalay. Start from 1st May, visitors to Myanmar can apply for the new arrival visa at Yangon (Rangoon) International Airport and Mandalay International Airport.
Myanmar has previously issued arrival visa in the past. However, these were not real arrival visa. Visitors had to apply through travel agents a few days in advanced before coming to Myanmar (Burma). The visitor needed to bring the approval letter together with them and showed them to the immigration officer at the airport.
Under the new system, visitors no longer need to apply in advanced. They can apply at the airport for the 28 days tourist arrival visa, which cannot be extended. Visa fees will be US$ 30 per person. All nationalities except those in the government black list will be issued arrival visa.
There are some formalities for the application process. The immigration officer will check whether the applicant has the return ticket, have enough money and the address in Myanmar while he is in the country. The immigration officer might also ask for the purpose of the visit.
Apart from 28 days tourist visa, business visa on arrival can also be applied. This visa cost US$40 and can stay up to 70 days. Visitors can extend the visa at the expiration for this type of visa.
If you are married to a Myanmar citizen or you have been a Myanmar citizen in the past, you can apply for the social visit visa. The cost for this type of visa is US$40, allowed to stay up to 28 days and is extensible.
Tour companies and agents in Myanmar are hoping that issue of new arrival visa will boast the foreign tourist arrival in Myanmar.
Attention: Visa on Arrival is currently suspended until further notice!