Foreign nationals traveling to Myanmar for business purposes should apply for the Myanmar (Burma) business visa. Citizens from more than 50 countries can now obtain this essential document online.
With no need to attend the embassy or consulate, the Myanmar eVisa application process is quicker and simpler than requesting a traditional paper business visa.
Travelers can find important information about the documents required in order to apply for the business visa, plus advice for obtaining a visa extension.
In order to obtain a business visa for Myanmar, applicants must provide some specific documentation for their application to be considered.
This documentation allows the Myanmar authorities to verify the applicant’s genuine business activities with a registered Myanmar company.
The 2 special documents that foreign businesspeople should arrange before applying for the visa are:
- Letter of Invitation from a registered company
- Local inviting company registration certificate
Both of these documents should be easy to obtain from the registered Myanmar company and can simply be uploaded when making the online business visa application.
What is the Myanmar Visa Letter of Invitation?
In order to be granted the Myanmar Business Visa, applicants must be able to provide a Letter of Invitation from a registered company.
This is a document from a company registered in Myanmar inviting the applicant to carry out business activities.
The invitation letter must be addressed directly to the applicant by name, in the case that it is addressed to the embassy or immigration office in Myanmar, it will not be permitted.
The invitation letter should include the following specific details:
- The recipient’s name as it appears on the passport and title
- Applicant’s job role
- Brief description of the purpose of the trip
- The time frame of the trip
- Company name
- Company address
Letters that do not include the above will not be accepted. It should be printed on company letterhead on which the logo appears and it is essential that the letter is presented signed.
The invitation letter is uploaded when completing the online visa form for business purposes.
How to Obtain a Company Registration Certificate
The visa applicant must have a guarantor from the Myanmar registered company inviting them to conduct business in Myanmar. The guarantor should be the Managing Director or owner of the company as they are the only ones able to provide a Company Registration Certificate.
The local inviting company registration certificate is the second document Myanmar business visa applicants are required to submit. This can take one of 2 forms:
- For local companies a Certificate of Incorporation (license to form a corporation issued by the state)
- For foreign investment company a Certificate of Registration of Branch Office (license to establish a branch office issued by the state)
Business visa applicants can upload this documentation when applying for the eVisa.
Other Documents Required to Apply for the Myanmar Business Visa
In addition to the documents discussed above, foreigners applying for a business visa must hold a passport from an eligible country valid for at least 6 months.
The following passport details are required when completing the online application form:
- Passport type plus the citizenship/nationality
- Passport number, place and date of issue and expiration date
- Date of Birth as it appears on the passport
- Country of birth
- Full name as it appears on the passport
A passport-style color photograph taken within the last 3 months must also be supplied. Applicants should ensure the photograph meets all the Myanmar photo requirements or their application may be denied.
Only if both the invitation letter and company registration certificate are provided will the business eVisa application be granted. Once approved, the business visa is emailed to the applicant to be printed and presented at the port of entry.
The business visa is valid for 90 days from the date on which it was issued. Entry is not possible once this time has elapsed and a new visa must be requested.
Corporate travelers can remain in Myanmar for up to 70 days.
How to Apply for a Myanmar Business Visa Extension
Visitors who require more than the 70-day allowance to complete their business activities will need to apply for a Myanmar visa extension.
Foreign nationals who overstay their visa will face several repercussions including fines, and problems with accommodation. Without a valid visa, it is not possible to take domestic flights and future travel to Myanmar may be blocked.
To apply for a business visa extension, current visa holders need to present a relevant Ministry recommendation letter. Applicants should contact an embassy or consulate for assistance extending their business visa.