Getting A Myanmar Visa in Kathmandu – Ben Around the World Diary – Day 107 – 24 May 2019

Getting A Myanmar Visa in Kathmandu – Ben Around the World Diary – Day 107 – 24 May 2019

– ODO- 13722 – 13815km
– Location- Forest near Bhimeshwor, Nepal
– Weather- 21-36

I’ve been in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu for the last two weeks getting visas. I enjoyed myself so much on my Indian leg that my original visa expired days after crossing the border. The Indian visa process takes 5-7 days with multiple appointments at the visa service centre. I made sure to get a little apartment just ten minutes away so I could walk over after breakfast. There’s a great guide from the Nomadic Boys to guide you through if you’re ever in my situation.

With the Myanmar visa though, I was on my own. I couldn’t find any recent reports of the process because the Moreh overland border crossing from India has only recent been opened. I thought the Myanmar embassy would help. It turned out their embassy building was on the entire other side of the city. After several trips, $40 and several phone calls I was told I needed a full itinerary, photos of my bike and equipment and a letter of invitation from a local travel agent. Luckily the travel agents I spoke to set me right. After 7 days of hassle I filled in the eVisa form, paid another visa fee, and within 5 hours I had my approval. It’s hard to figure these things out for the first time. Someone should collect all the information somewhere.

Along with a rash and itchy eyes from the city pollution, I’ve also had a consistently heavy stomach for much of the last few weeks. Waking up just after sunrise I really didn’t feel like leaving the hotel. I didn’t much feel like staying either. What motivated me was the thoughts of leaving Nepal, leaving India and peddling into South East Asia – the first time I’ve ever been to this part of the world. Oh and some podcasts of course. They are my daily support.

Ben

Hi, my names Ben and I’m traveling around the world with my bike, my paraglider and my laptop. Along the way I’m sharing the highs and lows of the life on the road. And my picks of the best places to bikepack, enjoy freeflight and work as a digital nomad. Each week I share a new video update, city guide or live streams with other adventurers I’ve met along the way.
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