Myanmar eVisa for Ugandan Citizens
Myanmar, also known as Burma, opened its borders in 2014 to tourism. In order to facilitate its accessibility, the government of Myanmar introduced an electronic travel authorization for nationals of over 100 countries, Uganda being among them.
Ugandans can digitally apply from anywhere in the world for a Myanmar visa. Contacting the embassy or consulate is no longer needed.
How Can Ugandan Nationals Apply for the Myanmar eVisa?
The process of applying for an electronic visa to Myanmar is very simple. Ugandan citizens can now benefit from this online format. With just a few clicks the Burma eVisa application form can be completed.
During the completion of the form, Ugandans will need to provide personal information and details of their passport, which might include the following:
- Full name: first and second names and surnames
- Date and country of birth
- Country of nationality, the same as per passport
- Contact information: address, email, telephone number
- Country of passport
- Passport number
- Passport issue date
- Passport expiry date
They will also be asked a number of security and health-related questions for the protocol.
Once the personal information and passport details are completed, the applicant from Uganda will be directed to a secure online payment platform to pay the visa fee.
A final revision of the information submitted is crucial for approval. Any mistakes encountered are susceptible to delay or even rejection.
A Ugandan national can stay up to 28 days with a tourist eVisa and up to 70 days for business Ugandan visitors.
Processing times for Myanma eVisa from Uganda
The processing time of the Myanmar eVisa is 3 business days. It can only be used once (single-entry visa) and it is valid from its date of issue. Ugandan citizens are advised to submit visa applications at least one week prior to the date of entry in order to avoid any inconveniences.
Once received the approved eVisa, the applicant is advised to keep either a soft copy (tablet PC, phone, etc) or in printed form in order to be presented at the border, along with other travel documentation.
Passport officers can verify the Ugandan visitors’ eVisa at border control in their system. Holding a copy is a safe measure to any confusion in case of failure of Myanmar’s border control system.
Burma eVisa: Documents Required From Ugandans
Travelers of Uganda need to comply with the following Myanmar eVisa entry requirements:
- Good internet connection: Essential for rapid accessibility and response
- A Ugandan passport with validity of at least 6 months after the trip to Myanmar
- An email address for smooth communication and receipt of the eVisa application
- A credit or debit card (unexpired) for the processing fee payment. The major credit card companies are accepted: American Express, Visa, Mastercard, and Diners card
- Clear and legible (in color) scan of the biographical page of the applicant’s passport
- Passport-style photo taken within the last 3 months. Old photos are rejected. Please avoid any overexposed or underexposed images. Selfies are not allowed
The visa is linked to the applicant’s passport number in the country’s travel database. Therefore, it is advisable for Ugandans to check the passport’s expiry date before they travel to Myanmar.
Additionally, the used Myanma port of entry (land or air) has to be indicated in conjunction with the Visa types.
As in the case of other visas, respective Myanmar officials at the ports of entry reserve the right to deny entry into Myanmar to a holder of an e-Visa without any explanation.
Unfortunately, eVisas for group members are not allowed. Each member has to apply separately. This does not include minors who are traveling on their parent’s passport. They can be included in the parent’s application under the “Minors” page.
Other Myanmar Visas Available for Uganda
There are two types of eVisas available for Ugandans traveling to Myanmar:
- Myanmar Tourist Visa: allows the bearer to enter Myanmar for touristic and leisure purposes only (28 days). These visas do not entitle the holder to work or engage in any business activities in the host country
- Burma Business Visa: allows the bearer to enter Myanmar up to 70 days and engage in business activities without joining Myanmar’s labor market.
Can a Ugandan get an eVisa upon arrival?
In the case of not completing a Myanmar electronic eVisa, Ugandan nationals cannot obtain a Myanmar visa on arrival.
Although both Burma visas on arrival and e-Visas are convenient ways to obtain a travel permit to Myanmar, the fastest wait to obtain an authorization to enter the country and to bypass any lines is by applying for a Myanmar eVisa.