Meditation Visa for Myanmar in Bangkok

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Meditation Visa for Myanmar in Bangkok

Postby Manuela » Sat Nov 05, 2011 8:02 am

Hello everybody, I have a question regarding obtaining a meditation visa for Myanmar in Bangkok. I am intending to go on a Vipassana course in Mandalay and was told to get a meditation visa, NOT a tourist visa. Does anybody has some recent experiences getting a meditation visa in the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok? I received an invitation letter by the Dhamma center. Are there any other documents beside passport copies, passport photos and visa application necessary for the application process? And most important question, how long does it take? Thanks for every answer ... and kind regards Manuela
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Re: Meditation Visa for Myanmar in Bangkok

Postby Ben » Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:24 am

Greetings Manuela,
I assume you are attending a long-course from beginning of Dec? You better get cracking!
I attended a long retreat at Dhamma Mandala in Mandalay nearly one year ago. Fortunately for me, there is an Embassy in Australia. However, the process of getting a religious/meditation visa was long and drawn out and took over 4 months. Meditation visa applications are sent to Naypyidaw for processing.
One guy from Japan who also did the same course got a tourist visa bu overstayed his visa. Doing it that way isn't recommended as the authorities can ask you to leave on the same day your course finishes. In his case they didn't but he was still charged the $US3 per day overstay charge.
If you look around the meditation forum you should see a thread I started which details the requirements for a Myanmar meditation visa. (Here it is: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=6338) I also recommend that you make contact with the Union of Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok to find out specific instructions and time frame for visa application processing.
Let me know how you get on (here on this thread or privately via PM).
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Re: Meditation Visa for Myanmar in Bangkok

Postby Goofaholix » Sat Nov 05, 2011 5:54 pm

Manuela wrote:Hello everybody, I have a question regarding obtaining a meditation visa for Myanmar in Bangkok. I am intending to go on a Vipassana course in Mandalay and was told to get a meditation visa, NOT a tourist visa. Does anybody has some recent experiences getting a meditation visa in the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok? I received an invitation letter by the Dhamma center. Are there any other documents beside passport copies, passport photos and visa application necessary for the application process? And most important question, how long does it take? Thanks for every answer ... and kind regards Manuela


The Burmese government changes the rules whenever they want. Twelve years ago the BKK embassy was issuing meditation visas on the same day, recently I heard they weren't issuing them at all and that people needed to do it through the embassy that covers their home country.

It would be good if the meditation centre offered you some advice, barring that contact the embassy concerned, I just wouldn't recommend arriving in Bangkok expecting to get a visa then and there unless you've got some concrete information, hopefully somebody here can give you that.
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Re: Meditation Visa for Myanmar in Bangkok

Postby hollymichelle » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:18 am

Hello Manuela, were you able to get your meditation visa in Bangkok? Last January (2011) I went to the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was able to get a meditation visa the same day, it seems they are the quickest in processing those types of visas.

I am currently in Thailand as well and will need to apply again for a meditation visa for a retreat in Burma in February. Not sure if I will be able to do it from Bangkok or will need to go to Malaysia again. If you have any experience with the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok, please let me know. Thanks!
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Re: Meditation Visa for Myanmar in Bangkok

Postby effort » Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:55 am

anybody has news about meditation visa procedure in bangkok or kuala lampur? i dont know to apply from thailand or malaysia? i could stay enough in thailand but just a few days in malaysia.
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Re: Meditation Visa for Myanmar in Bangkok

Postby dhamma follower » Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:06 am

Manuela wrote:Hello everybody, I have a question regarding obtaining a meditation visa for Myanmar in Bangkok. I am intending to go on a Vipassana course in Mandalay and was told to get a meditation visa, NOT a tourist visa. Does anybody has some recent experiences getting a meditation visa in the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok? I received an invitation letter by the Dhamma center. Are there any other documents beside passport copies, passport photos and visa application necessary for the application process? And most important question, how long does it take? Thanks for every answer ... and kind regards Manuela


Until October last year, it was possible to obtain meditation visa in Bangkok and officially it took two working days. I don't know if it has changed since then. You might call the embassy to check the information.

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Re: Meditation Visa for Myanmar in Bangkok

Postby effort » Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:19 pm

yes i'll call them, but people in internet said embassy usually wont answer the calls.

this is the most update information that i found:

http://dhammaword.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/meditation-visa-for-myanmar-in-kuala-lumpur/
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Re: Meditation Visa for Myanmar in Bangkok

Postby Neinteresnayawe » Fri Aug 08, 2014 4:12 pm

Many thanks for sharing good info…!!!)
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Re: Meditation Visa for Myanmar in Bangkok

Postby lyallben » Sat Aug 09, 2014 2:41 pm

Hello, I just got a meditation visa in bangkok in early July. Have two photographs, a photocopy of your passport, thai baht to pay for it. You can get an application form either at the shop along the soi but now they have cars outside(the shops) so no need to walk .If you pay extra you can get the visa the same day (pick it up at 3pm) and an invitation letter from the centre and lots of patience. Maybe be an hour or so early.
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