Since 2014, citizens of 100 countries around the world can visit Myanmar by simply applying online for an electronic visa. Australian citizens can enjoy the beauty of Myanmar by applying for an electronic Myanmar visa from Australia prior to departure from their home country.
Myanmar is a country of great tourist attractions, diverse wildlife, numerous national parks, authentic culture, traditions, cuisine, ancient art and carvings, over 3000 temples, hot air balloon flights in the stunning city of Yangon, floating gardens, untouched turquoise water beaches, as well as great mountain hikes with mesmerizing sunset views.
After more than 50 years of being closed-off to tourists, Myanmar became open to visitors in late 2011. To attract more visitors, the country implemented the Myanmar electronic visa system in 2014 to simplify and accelerate the whole process of visa applications.
Visa Requirements for Myanmar for Australian Citizens
Applicants are advised to apply at least 4 days prior to the intended trip. To apply for the Myanmar online visa, Australian citizens must gather a few documents that are required for submission together with the completed online application form. The visa requirements for Myanmar for Australian citizens include:
- Scanned passport bio page
- A recent photograph in color, not older than 3 months
- Passport, valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of entry into Myanmar
- A valid credit or debit card
- At least one empty passport page for the visa stamp
- Valid email address
The specifications for the digital photograph must meet the following:
- Photo dimensions: 4.8 cm x 3.8 cm
- Clear, full, front view
- The head should take up 70% of the photo space
- White, clear background
- No filters used
- Hats or other headgear must be taken off unless used for religious purposes, in which case, eyes, mouth, and nose must be clearly visible for the photo
Depending on the purpose of the visit, Australian citizens can apply for the following types of visas: the touristic electronic visa or the business electronic visa. The tourist Myanmar visa is a single-entry visa, valid for 90 days and allows stays of up to 28 days at a time. Whereas, the business electronic visa is a single-entry, valid for 90 days from the date of issue and allows 70 days of consecutive stay within the country.
It is best to double-check all information and documents provided in order to avoid any complications or delays due to missing documents or errors within the application form. In worst-case scenarios, the visa can be rejected, in which case, visa fees are non-refundable.
How to Apply for a Myanmar Visa in Australia
To apply for the visa for Myanmar as an Australian citizen, applicants must fill in the online Burma eVisa application form which contains basic passport, personal, security and itinerary questions that, generally, do not take longer than 10 to 20 minutes to complete. Full name as in passport, nationality, gender, date of birth, contact details, address, intended port of entry and departure from Myanmar, hotel bookings and dates are just a few of the questions to answer on the online application form.
Children of 7 years old or under that are endorsed on a parent’s passport are allowed to travel through the parent’s visa as long as the parent fills out the designated minor section of the application form on their behalf.
After filling in the application form and attaching the required documents, applicants must complete the online visa fee payment. Within an hour of completing these steps, applicants will receive an email confirming the beginning of the visa processing. A response for the visa for Myanmar for Australian citizens can then be expected within 3 business days on the email address provided on the application form.
Upon visa approval, travelers must print out the email containing the visa and bring a copy of the visa at the point of entry upon arrival. It is advisable to keep a copy of the visa at all times during the stay in Myanmar.
Myanmar visa Australian passport travelers can currently enter through 8 points of entry:
- Yangon International Airport
- NAy Pyi Taw International Airport
- Mandalay International Airport
- Kawthaung Land Border Checkpoint
- Myawaddy Land Border Checkpoint
- Tachileik Land Border Checkpoint
- Rihkhawdar Land Border Checkpoint
- Tamu Land Border Checkpoint
Myanmar Visa on Arrival for Australians
As of October 1st, 2019, a Myanmar visa on arrival for Australians is available in place of an eVisa if the traveler enters Myanmar through an international airport.
It is important to note that the visa on arrival will only be available at Yangon International Airport, Nay Pyi Taw International Airport and Mandalay International Airport.
Like the online Myanmar visa or eVisa for Australian citizens, there is a fee for the Myanmar visa on arrival for Australians.
The Myanmar visa on arrival grants its holder a maximum stay of 30 consecutive days in the country.