Getting a Myanmar Tourist Visa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Getting there: The Myanmar Embassy is at 8C Jalan Ampang Hilir 55000 tel: 603 425 15595
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Ampang Park LRT. There are two exits which bring you up on the two different sides of the road (Jalan Ampang). The exit on the left as you come up the escalators brings you out on the correct (South) side of the road, but it doesn’t really make that much difference.
Head East along Jalan Ampang (hint, the sun rises in the East). You should pass a big McDonalds on the left and then cross over the 6 lane Jalan Tun Razak. Keep going East for about ten minutes walk, past the Embassies for China on the right; France, Spain and Thailand on the left, until you go under an elevated pedestian bridge, then past a crazy steakhouse on the right (Victoria Station) (it has a train sticking out the side of it). 50m after the Steakhouse, turn right just after residential towerblock, Lanson Place.
Walk 200m to the roundabout, take the first (left) exit from it and the Myanmar Embassy is the first gate on the left. The visa gate isn’t marked and is a bit of a melee (pic). If you reach the sign for the embassy (pic), you’ve gone to far.
Inside the gates, tourist visas are processed on the right side. Residents join the massive crowd on the left.
Ask for an application form at the window. There are different forms depending on what you are applying for.
- passport (with 6 months validity, IIRC)
-two passport photos (for me they just took a scan of the photo; embedded the image on the visa printout and gave me back one of the photos when I collected the visa),
-copy of the data page of your passport on A4 paper
-cash in MYR
- If you are going for the express service (2 working days), you have to supply flight printouts (tickets/itineries); but that seems to be just to support the urgency of your request – ordinary turnaround timers don’t need to show flight info.
Piccy of requirements list. Flight tickets only needed for express service.
Hours: Application 0930-1230; Collection 1600-1700. The collection date and time is noted on your receipt.
Turnaround time: They say five working days for standard, but mine was Tuesday morning to Friday afternoon (Nov 2011).
The sign for the Express service says 2 working days. Some people ahead of me were pushing for a next day turnaround, as they had flights booked for the day after. Their application was accepted, but they had to have the tickets as proof of the urgency. I don’t know the outcome, but I wouldn’t risk cutting it that fine, myself.
Price: 80MYR for standard (5 working days); 150 for express (2 working days)
Form: Pretty straightforward. Ask for it at the window as there are different forms for the different types of visa on offer. Don’t put your occupation as a journalist, especially if you aren’t one.
Other: There doesn’t seem to be any photocopying facilites or photo-booths in the immediate area. I have read that you can get pictures taken at the KL Convention Centre (KLCC) about 2km West of the Embassy.
The visa-clock starts ticking when you enter Myanmar. You get 28 days. You have to enter Myanmar within 3 months of getting the visa, otherwise it expires.
Written: November 2011 Last updated: November 2011