If you’re heading to Myanmar (also known as Burma) but decided to take advantage of the great Air Asia fares and base yourself out of Kuala Lumpur, don’t despair. Although it’s less popular to do so, getting a Myanmar visa in Kuala Lumpur is just as easy as getting one in Bangkok. Just follow my guide here:
1. Make sure you have the proper materials
- Your passport with at 6 months left on it before it expires (generally required to get in anywhere).
- Two passport-sized photos of you taken within the last 6 months
- A photocopy of your passport
- An itinerary showing your inbound and outbound flights to the country
- An application form (available to pick up and fill out when you apply)
- 140 MR (about $40).
2. Go to Ever Fine Travel and Tours between 9:30 and 11:30 on a business day, NOT the Myanmar Embassy.
Myanmar has outsourced its tourist visa processing to Ever Fine, so head there instead. Thankfully, it’s in a pretty central location. The address is as follows:
19-21, Mezzanine Floor, Jalan Tun Perak, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2022 2033, 2026 4075/6/7/8/9 (6 lines)
For those of you who know Kuala Lumpur, this is right near the Masjid Jamek public transportation stop and across the street from McDonalds. Go into the Happy Holiday hotel and go up to the second floor.
3. Grab a number. They will call your number when they’re ready to help you. If it’s not very crowded, no number is necessary, you can just loiter aggressively. Once you submit your application, they will tell you when you can return to get your passport (either 4:30 PM that day or the next day–depends on public holidays, etc).
4. Keep the receipt. This is how they will find your passport for you when you come back to pick it up. Do not lose this receipt. I don’t know what happens if you do, and I’d rather not find out.
5. When you come back (I’d recommend at least 15 minutes early), make sure you take a book or something, because it might take a while to get your passport back. Grab a number and wait for them to call you.
6. Celebrate. You have your Myanmar visa!