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Visa Application
Please note that most nationalities require a visa to visit Myanmar. Passport holders from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, and Vietnam do not require a visa to enter Myanmar for visit up to 14 days. Please visit http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ for more information.
 
The length of stay allowed is 28 days from the date of arrival in Myanmar for a tourist visa. The eVisa is valid for 90 days from the approval date. Please note that it is for SINGLE ENTRY only. We suggest that you apply your visa in August 2016.
 
1. Apply on-line via http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/NewApplication.aspx#
If you are arriving by air into Yangon, Mandalay or Nay Pyi Taw, e-visa is recommended. You should have a soft copy of your photo, credit card and flight itinerary ready. Upon submission, you will receive an acknowledgement via email. When you receive the visa authorisation/approval letter by email, please print a copy and carry with you to Myanmar. The fee for tourist visa is USD 50/-.
 
2. Apply for Visa-on-Arrival (VOA)
Please note the requirements for visa-on-arrival application.
1. A valid passport not expiring for at least 6 months from the date of departure from Myanmar.
2. Two recent (4cm x 6cm) color photos taken within the past six months.
3. A letter of invitation from the sponsoring company. (Note: stay cannot be extended.)
4. Produce letter of invitation by the ministries concerned if he is going to attend meetings, workshops, events and ceremonies.
5. Not be allowed to engage in any sort of work with or without charges apart from the professions mentioned in the visa application
  form.
6. Produce air ticket to the destination if he is applying for transit visa.
7. Stay at the hotels, motels and guest houses holding legal licenses issued by Myanmar Government, and factories and workshops
  legally permitted as well as human dwellings; and exactly mention the address he will stay at.
8. Have under-seven-year-old children accompanying parents in the passport granted visa free of charge; be able to produce the
  evidence of parent-children relationship if the children are holding separate passport.
9. Abide by the decision of the On Arrival Visa Scrutiny and Issuing Team.
10. Apply for Visa on Arrival at Airport Immigration Section obtaining the application form either from the airlines in Myanmar or the
  following website www.mip.gov.mm of the Ministry of Immigration and Population.
 
About Myanmar
Myanmar is the world's 40th largest country and the second largest country in Southeast Asia. It is renowned as a captivating destination filled with rich heritage and culture that is unique yet not overwhelmed with the global trends of modernity. With cultures and traditions being the pulsating vein, Myanmar is filled with plenty of fascinating cultural attractions that never fail to capture the heart of travellers.
 
 
 
Geographic Location
Myanmar occupies the Thailand/Cambodia portion of the Indochinese peninsula. It is a land of hills and valleys and is rimmed in the north, east and west by mountain ranges forming a giant horseshoe. Enclosed within the mountain barriers are the flat lands of Ayeyarwady, Chindwin and Sittaung River valleys where most of the country's agricultural land and population are concentrated.
 
Population
Myanmar is made up of 135 national races, of which the eight main national races are Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine and Shan.
 
Language
Burmese is the official language of Myanmar and also the mother tongue language. Hotel and tourist attractions staff is able to converse in English. You will find that many taxi drivers are able to speak some English too.
 
Culture
Myanmar culture has been heavily influenced by Buddhism and its neighbouring countries such as India, Thailand and China.
 
Climate
Myanmar Climate is a tropical monsoon type. The wet period stretches from May to October. However the wettest period would be the end of October.
 
Currency
The Burmese Kyat, indicated as MMK is the currency of Myanmar.

Notes are in denominations of Kt1000, 500, 200, 100 and 90 pyas. Coins are in denominations of Kt1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 pyas. Alternatively, Foreign Exchange Certificates (FEC) (which is equivalent to the US$) are accepted by hotels, airlines, travel agencies, taxis, restaurants, and as payment of admission fees at museums and pagodas. It can be exchanged for Kyats at market rates at authorized money changers and can be used in Myanmar only. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be able to find money changers.
 
Credit Card
Credit Cards are only accepted at major hotels, airlines and some international shops and restaurants. Usually a fee is charged for credit card transactions. You are recommended to bring adequate cash.
 
Electricity
The electricity voltage in Myanmar is 230V, alternating at 50 cycles per second. Outlets in Myanmar generally accept 3 types of plug - Three round pins arranged in a triangle, two round pin and two parallel flat pins with ground pin.
 
Telephones
In Myanmar, mobile phone usage can be expensive, using public phone can be the simplest way to make local calls. These can be found on streets and in shops all around Myanmar, and local calls cost around K100 per minute. Most established hotels offer wifi access.
 
Tipping
Tipping is generally not very common in Myanmar. Tipping for waiters, luggage porters, maids, bus drivers, taxi drivers and tour guide can be seen as a simple act of gratitude. Generally a 5% tip is appreciated for meal service (in kyat).
 
Passport/Visa
Visitors to Myanmar must hold a valid passport with entry visa. A tourist visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendable for an additional 14 days. A business visa allows a stay of 10 weeks, extendable up to 12 months on case-by-case basis. Infants and children also require a separate visa even traveling on parent's passport.

For more information on visa application, please visit: http://www.myanmarembassy.com/english/visa.htm

The congress provides an invitation letter to facilitate the application of visa. The delegate must register and pay fees in full prior to request for an invitation letter. Visa on arrival is available. However, the congress recommends that all delegates obtain a visa prior to arrival for ease of immigration clearance.
 
Yangon
The congress will be held in Yangon, the largest city and most important commercial centre of Myanmar - hub of many attractions, landmarks and entertainments. You would find yourself drawn in by Yangon’s stunning landscape and rich culture unlike any others. Venture down the streets to explore the breath-taking cultural stupas and temples, colonial architectures and many hustling bustling local markets that you cannot miss! Shopping in Yangon can be found mainly at the renowned Bogyoke Aung San Market where shopping is easy and bargaining is acceptable. It is situated in the heart of Yangon, housing over 2,000 shops with a wide selection of locally made goods to high end luxury goods.
 
 
Mandalay
Mandalay is the historical old capital, a capital of Myanmar culture, Buddhist Sasana and Myanmar traditional arts and crafts, with the life span of one hundred and forty two years, a city which abounds in historical sites, cultural memorials and Buddhist edifices. Accordingly, it is the richest historical landmark next to Bagan. Despite the wonderful sound of its name, inviting associations to an archaic fairy tale kingdom, Mandalay is neither very old nor particularly beautiful. But Mandalay was the capital of the last, independent Burmese kingdom, which in 1886 was finally conquered by British colonial forces.

The city was named after the Mandalay Hill, which is situated at the northeast corner of the present city. The hill has for long been a holy mount and it is believed that Lord Buddha prophesied that a great city, metropolis of Buddhism, would be founded at its foot. It was King Mindon who fulfilled the prophecy. Mandalay today is a striking phenomenon composed of modern and classic images with the ancient cultural beauty of the royal palace and the moat surrounding it, and the natural impressionistic beauty of the Mandalay Hill, harmoniously added with new architectural phonography of modern houses and brick buildings.
 
The Inle Lake
Renowned for its scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowed traditional boats, the stunning Inle Lake is situated at the heart Shan Plateau, stretching about 14 miles long and 6 miles wide. The beauty of the Inle Lake does not only come from the nature, but also houses and villages located along the rim of the lake. Inle's most unusual feature is its extraordinary 'leg-rowing fishermen' who have developed an original, eccentric method of rowing their small boats with one leg. Floating gardens are built-up from strips of water hyacinth and mud, dredged from the lakebed. Villages, farms and monasteries perch over the water on stilts.
 
Naypyidaw
Naypyidaw hosted the South East Asian Games in 2013 and it is the new capital of Myanmar since 2005. Centrally located, it is 391 km from Yangon and 302 km from Mandalay, being easily accessible from all parts of the Union. The environs of Nay Pyi Taw comprise (8) townships. Nay Pyi Taw Airport is about 30 minutes from Nay Pyi Taw. All domestic carriers operate daily flights from Nay Pyi Taw to the commercial capital, Yangon, and the cultural capital Mandalay. Do not miss a chance to visit the remarkable destinations in Naypyidaw such as the National Herbal Park and Zoological Garden!