Business Visa / eVisa

Myanmar evisa applicationMyanmar has restarted its online E-Visa Application System on 1/4 /2022 and Yangon International Airport will open for international flights from 17/4/2022.

It is advisable for foreigners who are interested to invest, stay and work in Myanmar to enter the country on a business visa. When you are signing the lease for an office, opening a bank account or attending a scheduled meeting with a government ministry – people will take you seriously if you are on a business visa. A business visa allows a foreigner to stay for up to 70 days in Myanmar and to engage in a restricted set of commercial activities that is outlined in the business visa application. With a business visa you can stay at a company’s rented apartment or at a business associate’s house.

As the COVID19 situation can evolve quickly, please refer to the official Myanmar Evisa website at https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/  to learn what are the latest requirements for international travellers.

Take note that to apply for a business visa online and to enter Myanmar as a foreigner you need to:

  • Be fully vaccinated (see the list of vaccines that are recognized by the Myanmar in the Evisa link above)
  • Show the date of vaccination for the 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose (only the first 2 doses are mandatory)
  • Upload the Vaccination Certificate in PDF format
  • Take RT_PCR test within 72 hours before departure showing a negative result – the test result must be presented at the departure airport’s check-in counters.
  • Have a passport that has at least 6 months of validity when entering Myanmar.
  • Provide your Myanmar Travel Insurance Certificate Number. You can purchase it online at www.mminsurance.gov.mm/inbound-travel-accident-insurance
  • Only nationals from these countries are able apply for business visa – Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau Special Administrative Region of China, Malaysia, Malta, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Taiwan (Republic of China), Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom Citizen (GBR), United States of America, Vietnam
  • Upload your passport photo in JPG format online (use a light blue or light grey background)
  • Port of Entry is only Yangon International Airport (as of 6/4/2022)
  • You must have prebooked a hotel in Yangon in advance and provide the address of the hotel during the application. You can try booking on agoda.com, www.booking.com or www.trip.com
  • You must provide an Invitation Letter in PDF format from a registered company in Myanmar. The company director that invited you is also your guarantor for the business visa application, NGOs and INGOs are not eligible to invite you for business visa application.
  • You need the Certificate of Registration in PDF format and the Company Registration Number of the inviting company.
  • You need the Company Extract of the inviting company.
  • Payment can be done online via Visa, Mastercard or JCB. [If you have problem paying through credit card please do let us know in your comment in the form below as we are able to help]

It is advisable for foreigners who are interested to invest, stay and work in Myanmar to enter the country on a business visa. When you are signing the lease for an office, opening a bank account or attending a scheduled meeting with a government ministry – people will take you seriously if you are on a business visa. A business visa allows a foreigner to stay for up to 70 days in Myanmar and to engage in a restricted set of commercial activities that is outlined in the business visa application. With a business visa you can stay at a company’s rented apartment or at a business associate’s house.

A tourist visa allows you to stay for up to 28 days in the country and you are not supposed to be involved in any sort of commercial activities while you are there. With a tourist visa you must stay in a hotel that is approved by the Ministry of Tourism. To understand what happens when a foreigner on tourist visa is caught staying in a guest house or apartment that they booked through Airbnb  or found working illegally at a construction site or office read the articles: Yangon government to clamp down on renting apartments to foreign tourists, Hotel must report on list of foreign guests to authorities .

Take note that Immigration officers have been going to various condominiums and apartments that house foreigners and doing door-to-door check on their visa status. Similar checks are also being conducted by the Labour Ministry at major construction sites and office buildings on foreigners who are employed at the location. It is imperative that you enter the country on a business visa if you are doing work in Myanmar or if you want to stay in an accommodation that is not a hotel. The immigration officer has the right to put you in a lockup if you are found staying in a private apartment or working on a construction site if you enter the country on a tourist visa.

Recently due to adverse coverage of the Rahkine situation it has been common for the authority to use immigration law to put undesirable foreigners in lockup see Two Foreign Journalists Charged With Immigration Violation. So it is in your interest to ensure that you enter the country with the right kind of visa if you are in Myanmar on official company work.

It is important to note that to apply for a multiple entry business visa valid for 3 months, 6 months or 1 year you must show on your passport that you have travelled to Myanmar previously on 2 separate business visas. Assuming that you have no immigration violations the multiple-entry business visa is also the basis that you apply for a long term stay permit later on. So if you are serious about investing in Myanmar you should start off by going to the country on a business visa and after the 3rd trip apply for a multiple entry business visa valid for 6 months.

*If you need an invitation letter from a Myanmar registered company together (together with its Certificate of Incorporation and the Company Extract) to apply online for a 70-day single trip business visa via www.evisa.moip.gov.mm – please fill up the form below:

How many times you have entered Myanmar on business or tourist visa
To apply for multiple entry business visa you must have entered Myanmar at least 3 times before on single entry business visa. Application for multiple entry business visa can only be made at the respective Myanmar Embassy overseas.
This is a requirement set by the Ministry of Immigration.
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