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This is just a quick post about visiting Burma/Myanmar while you’re in South East Asia – because the embassy proved quite elusive to me over the last few days, so I’m gonna share what I’ve learned!

There are only two countries in the region that don’t offer VOA (visa-on-arrivals) – Vietnam and Burma. The easiest place to arrange your visa for Burma is in Bangkok.

Despite confusion on the internet, the address for the Embassy of Myanmar in Bangkok is:

132 Sathorn Nua Road. It’s found in the Silom area.

Where is the Burmese embassy in Bangkok
Take the BTS to Chong Nonsi, and walk a few minutes

TO GET THERE: You can take the BTS to Chong Nonsi. From there it’s about a 10 minute walk, just come out of the station on foot and follow the BTS tracks around the corner. Walk straight for 5 or 6 minutes and you’ll walk right past the embassy. Easy.

A taxi from Khao San road would take around 35 mins to an hour depending on traffic and cost around 150-250 baht.

Where is the Burmese Embassy bangkok
Walk along the BTS line and you can't miss it

WHAT YOU NEED: 2 colour passport photos with a white background. 1 photcopy of your passport. You can get both of these (as well as the application forms) just around the corner from the embassy. Just walk around the corner of the embassy until you reach the visa entrance, which will be where you enter when you’re ready, walk past the visa entrance and walk straight for 200m or so. There’s a small shop offering photocopies, passport photos and the application forms for the embassy so you’ll be all set at the front of the queue (that all costs about $0.80!)


THE PROCEDURE: Visa application opens 9am-11.30pm so best to arrive around 8.30am and you should be done by 9.15. Or arrive later and fight with the queues!

Visa pick-up is 2 days later between 15.30 and 16.30. The cost of this is 810 Thai Baht ($27 USD). Or you can arrange to pick it up the same day for 1270 Thai baht ($42 USD).


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18 thoughts on “How to get a Burmese Visa in Bangkok

  1. Just wanna ad some tips:
    Leave BTS Chong Nonsi at Exit 1! Then walk straight and turn right in the first big road, which is the Sathorn Nua Road. Walk about 200 meters, you’ll find a sign “myanmar visa”, then turn right.
    Receive Visa on the same day (pick up only in the afternoon from 3:30pm): 1260 baht
    Receive Visa on the next day (pick up only in the afternoon from 3:30pm): 1035 baht
    Copy from your passport: 3 baht
    Passport pictures: 100 baht

    All works out very convenient and friendly. Was there at 8:30am, got out around 9:45am, so maybe be there even earlier, around 8am. The counters open at 9am, but you get a ticket and the form to fill out and can wait inside.

  2. Let say there is no public holiday, and under the regular process:
    if I go to apply for the tourist visa on Monday, on what day can I pick up my visa?
    I’m currently living and working in Phuket, and I need to plan my flight to Myanmar accordingly via Bangkok for the visa application.
    Thanks for your advise.

      1. Thanks for the assurance. I have booked all my flights already, and to be safe, I have allocated at least 2 full working days in BKK for the visa.

  3. Are there restrictions on which nationalities they’ll grant visas to in Bangkok? I’m a US citizen, but I’ll be in BKK in January and was hoping to head up to Yangon for a few days.

      1. Johnny, and do you have any idea about other nationalities? I’m from Poland, and as there is no Burma embassy here, i would like to get it in BKK… will be there in few weeks… Thanks!

  4. Hello all.
    I read on thier website that it is possible from 1st of June for 24 nationalities to get Visa on Arrival. Any one know anything about that ?
    Thank you very much

  5. So they did not ask about an itinerary? And the visa is for 30 days? Thanks for this post. I will do it in June according to plans. Cheers, Charles

  6. Great tips – it was actually fairly close to my guesthouse but I still managed to get completely lost the first time I went looking for it. Oops.

    Also my tip would be to take a book! I forgot both times (pick up and drop off) and completely regretted it.

    1. yeah, a book would be good 🙂 waiting outside playing snake on your phone just doesnt cut it sometimes

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