Find out, in this post, how to get an Indian visa in Myanmar. This article will focus on tourist visas only, from the Indian Embassy in Yangon. Procedure, processing time and costs of visa provided.
Getting a tourist visa for India from the Indian Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar is an extremely easy thing to do!
The tourist visa application for India is a three-step process:
1st: Apply online here https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/indianVisaReg.jsp
2nd: Drop off paperwork, passport and make payment at Indian Embassy
3rd: Pick up your passport with Indian visa inside within 72-business-hours
What you will need:
- one color digital passport photo to go with your online application
- printed version of the visa application ( I recommend keeping a digital copy + 1 paper copy for yourself)
- photocopy of your passport
- return ticket, if applicable – see 1st step below
- date of arrival/hotel name and address in India and Myanmar
- two passport sized photographs
- at least 6 months of validity left on passport
- at least one blank page in passport for the visa
- US Dollars to pay for the visa at the Indian Embassy (no other currency accepted)
Let’s go through each step in depth:
1st: You can fill out the online application here: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/indianVisaReg.jsp
You will need to print the visa application and note down the application ID number.
Period of Visa: we put down 3 months but intended to be there for 2 – visa is valid from the date of issue, not journey i.e. our visa was issued on Sept 3rd, so we could be in India until Dec. 2nd
Address in India: if you do not have a hotel booked yet, which was our case, just put down the address of any hotel in the city you intend to visit first.
Number of entries: We requested multiple entries, in case we wanted to go to Bangladesh or Sri Lanka while in India but that was denied when we submitted our application – we were given double entry. We ended up going to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh before reaching India so one entry sufficed.
Port of Exit: we left that part blank since our intention was to cross the border by land to Nepal – which was completely acceptable. The lady processing the visas helped us fill out that part, you can enter “By Land”.
2nd: Bring all documentation to :
Embassy of India, Yangon
545-547 Merchant St,
Kyauktada Township, Yangon ( between 36th and Pansodan Street)
Tel:95-1-388412, 243972 (the Embassy is walking distance from the White House Hotel).
When you get to the Embassy, before granted entry, a (very nice) man at the door will ask if you have the proper documentation for your application. If you are missing photocopies, there is a copy shop a couple minutes away (to the right when facing the Embassy). It is a first come, first serve process.
Cost of Visa:
USD $40 Visa Application Fee
+ USD $25 Fax fee
+ USD $2 application service fee
= USD $67 Total Visa Cost
Working hours are M-F: 9am to 5:30pm. Be there early as the line can fill up pretty fast. The best is to turn in your application before noon so the processing starts that day and they may not accept applications in the afternoon. Visas are issued within 72 business hours.
Notes: Please check Myanmar and Indian holiday calendar. Since you have to leave your passport at the Embassy, please make sure you have photocopies of your passport on you, especially if you intend to travel during the 3 days (which we did and one of the hotels originally did not accept our passport photocopies.)
Link to Embassy of India, Yangon: http://indiaembassyyangon.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=86:visaservices&catid=24&Itemid=235&lang=en
3rd: Last step is to pick-up your passport, with the visa in it, 3 working days later. We came back 5 days later – we visited Mawlamyine/Hpaan/Kyaktiyo in the meantime – and had no trouble retrieving our passport in the afternoon.
The process is very straightforward and easy though can take some time as everything is done manually. Nothing was inputted into a computer at the time of our visit and only one person was handling the application submissions (August 2013) – fairly representative of typical Indian bureaucracy.
You should be all set! Good luck and Happy Travels! xx
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