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!
As always, it pays to be diligent when it comes to visas and their requirements.
The Myanmar eVisa as of November 2015 applies only for arrivals at an airport. As we were crossing by land, we had to go pay the embassy a personal visit.
The process was simply enough once we found the embassy. A trail of former addresses littered around Kathmandu comes up in any search. Here is the official one, which doesn't help much:
Myanmar Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal
Bhaisepati, Sainbu Height
How to get to the embassy
The district of Baisepati is about 5km south of Thamel. We took a taxi the first time, and a series of buses (and a solid walk) to pick up our passports when they were ready.
The convenience of the taxi was offset by the price (which is unreasonably high due to on-going country-wide fuel issues). The bus network by comparison is extremely cheap, but even after doing it, we couldn’t tell you what to get where. Just ask the locals, and give it a lot of time - it took us around 2 hours, door to door.
Here are the essentials for the embassy visit:
How to get USD
We didn’t have any USD. Nepal was our 19th consecutive country and any ’saved’ notes were long since used.
Nepalese Banks won’t sell USD without proof of onward travel from Nepal, and as we were taking local buses, this meant we had to visit a money exchange. There are plenty in Thamel, none near the embassy, and one in Patan (Patan Money Exchange, 27º40’19.27 N, 85º18’58’56 E), a 2km walk north from the embassy.
At the money exchange, the woman refused to sell us USD, but we persisted, saying we knew she had some, and that we wanted it. After a minute or so of ignoring us, she relented and we walked away with our USD40. The rate, surprisingly, was great, too.
And the rest is history
With all our paperwork and passports supplied, we headed off to quiet Bhaktapur for a few days to escape the chaos of Kathmandu, and picked them up a few days later.
How was the crossing itself?
An adventure to say the least - read all about our crossing from India to Myanmar here!
EMMA & PETE
We're just two Aussie's who met in London, married in Prague and travelled overland back to Australia.