Oh for the first time i am being practical on my blog, because i have hard time to get my visa done so i was thinking if anyone happens to browse through or search by, this could save a lot of time and effort.
I am going to Yangon for a residency program in this July. Surprisingly, Malaysia is one of the very few countries in Southeast Asia which still need a visa to get into Myanmar, for both travel and business purposes. To be honest, this is my first time to travel to a country which requires a visa, so i was trying to look from the Internet for an idea of how to get it done. Unfortunately the blogs and webpages I read through were outdated.
I first went to the Embassy of the Union of Myanmar located at Jalan Ampang, the security guard stopped at the entrance and directed me to an agency named Ever Fine Service located at Masjid Jamek. Say if you are going to apply your visa, I highly recommend you to take the LRT to Masjid Jamek Station. If you are coming from the direction of Sri Petaling or Ampang, the office is just on your right after you exit from the station. Else, if you are coming from Putra Line or Sentul, you will have to cross the road. If you need a landmark look for McDonald’s, the office is literally opposite of McDonald’s, you will have to go in from the entrance of Happy Holiday Hotel, head to the Mezzanine Floor using the elevator or stairs beside the reception.
Basically Ever Fine is the only place you could get a visa to Myanmar in Malaysia now (2016). You have to filled in a visitor form when you step in, for office record. Then head to the visa counter where you will see a standing board with an area cordon off says “VISA ONLY”. Go to the counter and fill up an application form which can be downloaded from this link, and submit a photocopy of your passport together with two passport size portraits. No return ticket or itinerary required as other bloggers stated. Then you will asked to make payment at another counter, a tourist visa is costing a sum of RM143.30 – RM85 for visa application, RM58 service charge and RM3.30 for GST. A tourist visa is expiring in 3-months time from the date of issue, and you will have 28 days in Myanmar upon arrival.
I submitted my application and made payment within 5 minutes, I was there around 3pm and no queue at all. If you managed to submit your application form and documents by 11.30am, you can collect your visa on the same day from 4.30pm to 5pm. If not, visa can be collected on the next day from 4.30pm to 5pm too. Please remember to bring along your IC (or other identification documents) and receipt for collection, i forgot mine and got humiliated by a staff so so badly in front of other staffs and customers very loudly. It was really awful and i felt really shameful for the services they provide especially with that rate for service charge. After all, i am sorry to say but don’t expect too much from the service line in Malaysia lah.
If you think this is complicated or difficult or if you are seeking for an easier solution, you can try for an online application here, or just get a travel agent to run this errand for you. Online application costs USD50 for tourist visa and USD70 for business visa, and from a friend’s experience, a travel agency is charging RM200++ per application.
Hopefully this post is helpful to you, at least have a clearer head of what to prepare, where to go, how to apply. If you have further questions, feel free to leave me a comment below, I am more than happy to assist within my ability and knowledge.
Cheers and have a wonderful trip in Myanmar in advance!