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How to get a Myanmar (Burma) visa in Bangkok
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The Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Bangkok is located at 132, Sathorn Nua Rd in Silom. It’s a relatively short walk from the Surasak BTS Skytrain station. Use Exit 3 from the Surasak station and walk down to street level. Turn right at the bottom of the stairs so that you are walking along the sidewalk underneath the Skytrain station and past the Skytrain’s escalator entrance. Continue walking along Sathorn Road past Bangkok Christian School. The Myanmar Embassy is at the corner of Sathorn Road and Thanon Pan (see map).

The following items are required to obtain a visa:
1. Original Passport
2. Photocopy of Passport
3. Two 4x6cm passport photos with white background
4. Visa Application (available inside the Embassy, or at the copy shop down the street – see below)
5. Visa Fee, as follows:
a. 810 Thai Baht – Two business days
b. 1035 Thai Baht – Next Day
c. 1260 Thai Baht – Same Day
6. Proof of plane ticket to Myanmar (only if requesting Express Service)

I recommend getting your visa application beforehand at the copy shop down a little alley off Thanon Pan (marked by the yellow star on the map above; look for the yellow signs shown in the middle two photos above). They can also make photocopies of your passport, take passport-sized photos, and even have glue sticks available to attach you photo to the application. There are various other passport photo and copy shops along Thanon Pan, but I can’t verify whether or not they have the visa applications available.

I got to the copy shop around 7:50am, and there was only one other person there. By the time I filled out my application and got my photocopies, there were six others there.

By a few minutes after 8am, I was in line outside the door to the embassy. It was raining outside and I was about tenth in line.

Around 8:30am, they opened the front door and let us stand in line inside the building.

Keep in mind that you must get in line at Counter 4 regardless of the type of visa (standard/express tourist, business, or thai passport holder) for which you are applying.

At 9am, they will open the window at Counter 4. The embassy representative here will check your application, verify your flight information (if you request express service), and give you a number.

Sit down and wait for your number to be called. When it is called, go to the appropriate counter, hand over your number, application, passport, and visa fee. The embassy representative will then give you a collection receipt and tell you when you can pick your passport up (usually between 15:30 and 16:30).

It is highly recommended that you arrive to the embassy early. By the time I left at 9:25am, there were at least 50 people in the line.

For more information, I also found this link to be useful:…

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Emergency Passports for Business Travelers

In today’s global economy, businesspeople would be wise to be prepared for unexpected international trips. After all, if opportunity knocks, you need to be able to answer – even if it’s knocking from half a world away!

But what if you need to take a last-minute business trip out of the country and you don’t have a passport? Fear not – these tips will help you cut down the normal 6 week processing time for a new passport application down to as little as 24 hours!


Step 1: Determine How You’ll Expedite


The first step in getting an emergency passport is determining how much time you have and what method of expediting is right for you. “Expedited processing” from the government takes about 3 weeks, so if your trip is truly last-minute it may not be an option.


For faster service, you can make an appointment at one of the country’s 24 Regional Passport Agency offices, as long as you’re planning to leave within the next 14 days or you’re leaving within the next four weeks but also need to get a travel visa before your trip. To make an appointment, call 1-877-487-2778.


If making an appointment, waiting and traveling to one of the passport agency locations isn’t convenient, you can also use a private passport expediting company. They meet with the State Department on your behalf to deliver your passport application.

Step 2: Gather Your Documents


If you’re applying for a new passport, you’ll need a passport photo, proof of identity, proof of citizenship (like a birth certificate or naturalization certificate) and a copy of your itinerary to get it rushed.

Since you’re going on a business trip, you also have the option of submitting a business letter on company letterhead explaining why you need an emergency passport instead of the itinerary. The business letter should state the dates you plan to travel, describe the nature of your business and be signed by someone other than you.


Step 3: Submit Your Application


If you’re using a passport agency, make sure you aren’t late for your appointment to submit your application. They won’t wait more than 15 minutes for you, and if you’re not there you’ll have to reschedule. If you’re using an expediting company, make sure you follow their instructions for submitting your application to the letter. Either way, it pays to double check and make sure you have all the documents you need before you submit your application. This will ensure your emergency passport application doesn’t get delayed.


Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.

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My stamped pages (composite). Each time a passport checker reaches for their stamp I concentrate with all the power of my mind on visualizing them giving me a perfectly positioned, well-inked, unsmeared mark, hoping beyond hope that the psychic waves will influence them into compliance. Obviously, it pretty much never works out.

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