Myanmar eVisa For Irish Citizens
Fifty years ago Myanmar, previously known as Burma, was closed to all international arrivals. However, in 2011 the country opened its doors and welcomed international tourists including those from Ireland.
Due to high tourism and business demands, the government of Myanmar launched the online electronic Myanmar visa system available for eligible travelers such as Irish citizens.
This new procedure of obtaining a visa to Myanmar online makes it extremely easy for Irish travelers to travel to the country without having to book an appointment with a local embassy or consulate beforehand, which saves an Irish traveler time and money.
The electronic visa to Myanmar is available in two versions: the Burma eVisa for tourists and the Burma eVisa for business purposes.
Myanmar eVisa Requirements from Ireland
Citizens of Ireland must comply with Myanmar eVisa entry requirements, which are the following:
- A valid Irish passport with a validity of a least 6 months from the expected arrival date
- A digital image of the Irish applicant that follows the Myanmar eVisa photo specifications
- A valid email address to receive the visa electronically
- A valid debit or credit card to make the payment of the Burma eVisa processing fee
Other issues that must be considered are, for instance, when traveling to Burma with children and how to complete an eVisa application on their behalf.
These basic requirements are deemed 100% necessary for obtaining any type of Myanmar eVisa as an Irish citizen. However, certain travel authorizations have specific conditions that add up to the ones already named.
Myanmar business eVisa prerequisites for Irish nationals
Besides the requirements mentioned before, when Irish travelers are applying to a Burma business eVisa they also have to comply with the following prerequisites that are specific to this type of visa for business purposes:
- A Burma business letter of invitation from the relevant registered company in Myanmar
- The registration number of the Burma company
- A certificate of incorporation (for a local company) or a certificate of registration of branch office (for Foreign Investment Company)
This information will be asked from Irish nationals intending to obtain a business eVisa to Burma only.
Can Irish visitors obtain a visa on arrival in Myanmar?
Yes, Irish visitors can obtain a Visa on Arrival in Myanmar (also commonly known as a VOA) once they enter Burma territory.
This alternative method of obtaining a Burmese travel authorization, however, is known to be less convenient since it requires bringing paper documents, queuing in border controls, and waiting for a long time so the visa is processed.
Therefore, Irish applicants are strongly recommended to apply online for a Myanmar eVisa instead of a Visa on Arrival to avoid any unforeseen circumstances and to apply calmly and with time.
How to Apply for a Myanmar eVisa as Irish National
Irish nationals are eligible to apply for an e-Visa to Burma by applying online and completing the Myanmar eVisa application form.
This simple, uncomplicated form can be completed from the comfort of Irish citizens’ homes or anywhere in the world where there is a good internet connection.
The online eVisa form usually takes an Irish applicant around 10 minutes to accurately input the required personal information and also to submit the necessary supporting documents. Some of the required details are Irish nationals’ full name, address, nationality, phone number, and the purpose of their trip to Myanmar.
There will also be some health and safety questions that will be required to be answered truthfully. These are routinary checks to verify if Irish nationals, and other eligible citizens, have any criminal records, severe health issues or if they represent a security risk to the country.
There are cases where a Myanmar online visa can be rejected, therefore, Irish nationals are advised to always check the information provided.
After Irish applicants have complied with the requirements, submitted the eVisa application, and pay the processing eVisa fee to Myanmar, they can expect to receive the approved Burma eVisa within 24-72 hours.
It is recommended for applicants of Ireland to print a copy of the approved Myanmar electronic visa when traveling to Burma in case an immigration officer requests to see the approval upon entry.
Which Myanmar Entry Points Can Irish Visitors Use With an eVisa?
The eVisa to Myanmar is only supported by certain entry points, therefore, Irish visitors should carefully check which entry point is best for them.
The following airports are authorized to receive eligible Irish passport holders with a Myanmar eVisa:
- Yangon International Airport
- Nay Pyi Taw International Airport
- Mandalay International Airport
The following authorized land border checkpoints also receive Irish travelers with a Burma eVisa:
Thailand to Myanmar Land Border
- Myawaddy Land Border Checkpoint
- Tachileik Land Border Checkpoint
- Kawthaung Land Border Checkpoint
India to Myanmar Land Border
- Rihkhawdar Land Border Checkpoint
- Tamu Land Border Checkpoint
Irish tourists should be aware that they must carry a copy of the Myanmar eVisa as well as the Irish passport used to apply as they must be presented when crossing the chosen border.