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 January 2018: Please read the last comments for detail. The border crossing for foreigners is now only accessible with a complete tour booked for Myanmar.
If you have any updated information, please let us know as this page gets quite a lot of traffic, so we can let everyone know!
Update January 2017:
1. Dimapur (Nagaland) to Imphal (Manipur) transport can be difficult to organise. Shared cars for 1500IDR may be your only option as government buses have had political trouble.
2. Myanmar government changed border requirement that you need to pay for a two-way crossing, even if you only cross once. This costs USD160
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
We're just two Aussie's who met in London, married in Prague and travelled overland back to Australia.