With our passports still in our hands after visiting the Indian Embassy, we realised we could apply for our Myanmar visa while the first stage of the Indian one was being processed. Handy!
Update from Jan, who crossed the border on 2/01/17 (see comments at bottom of post):
1. No permit for state of Manipur needed, at least not for foreigners. It may be possible that Indians need one, although this isn't confirmed.
For past 60 days or so there have been some political problems in Manipur, so be cautious. Jan had some difficultities organising transport from Dimapur (Nagaland) to Imphal (Manipur). Supposedly government buses travelling to Imphal get burnt to ashes. Jan ended up paying for a pretty expensive shared car (1500rp).
2. MYM government changed the conditions recently, so now you need to pay for a two-way crossing (even though if you only cross once), which $160. Jan went through the same agency mentioned in the post below.
3. Shared taxi from Imphal to Moreh cost Jan 500rp. It should be the local price, his friends from Imphal arranged it, and three passenders shared the van. Our price mentioned below was probably a complete rip off...but it was boxing day, so we didn't have many options.
With India committed to developing tourism in the North-Eastern states (hello living tree-root bridges and hill-tribes) and Myanmar looking to uphold its cooly-undiscovered-but-totally-discovered image for at least another few years, it’s natural that the passage between the two is going to develop rapidly.
Follow the official websites and guidebooks and you’d be left scratching your head wondering how to cross between the two by land. If it wasn’t for travel bloggers out there, we’d think it wasn’t possible.
It is possible. And it’s easy with a bit of planning.
Most articles we’ve read have shown how to cross from Myanmar into India, so we’re adding to the pool of knowledge out there with our experience doing it from India to Myanmar. And we did it on a Sunday - so there were a few extra steps.
Click 'Read More' below to find out how!
Its a pretty common route, jumping on the Trans Mongolian in Moscow, a few weeks enjoying the vast open spaces of Mongolia and then onwards to China, but if you are like us and travelling for many months, the logistics of visa’s can get tricky. We met so many travellers following the same path, but surprisingly little info online on how to apply for a Chinese visa from Mongolia. Many travellers are able to apply from their home country before the journey begins, but if you are like us and 5 months into the trip, this isn’t an option.
Travel blogs were the most useful source of information, but the application process seems to have changed from previous years and may have even become slightly more relaxed. Previous items such as a letter of invitation aren’t required now, which is thankfully one less piece of paper to worry about.
So, if you are an Australian applying for a Chinese Tourist visa from Mongolia, here’s the process. Note: This seemed to be the case for most other countries too, unless you are Indonesian and then you can only apply with a Mongolian permanent residency card (which makes it virtually impossible….this happened to an unlucky Indonesian in our travel group)
Hurrah! We finally received our Russian visa’s in Istanbul today. The whole process was a decidedly Russian affair - lots of “nyet”'s, plenty of ‘this is impossible’ and the obligatory ‘it is forbidden’. The administration girl played a whole "good cop, bad cop” routine with some conflicting information, but it all worked out in the end.
Click 'read more' to find out the essential details for applying for a Russian visa while in Istanbul...
EMMA & PETE
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