Visa on arrival via online within 24 hrs from the time of application is possible according to 7 Days news journal. Travel Agencies (TA) including MyanmarVisa.com have contract signed by agreeing to a whopping 60$ service fee (in addition to 20$ visa fee to Immigration Dept) to Diamond Palace (DP) Travel who claimed to be able to process tourist visa within 24 hours. But MyanmarVisa.com continued to process pre-arranged visa with 3 days processing time at the fee of 40$ (in addition to 20$ Immigration visa fee). DP Travel has good connection with Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and therefore implemented online visa processing with very basic form-to-email base system. The officials at Ministry of Tourism supported Diamond Palace at the presentation at ParkRoyal Hotel when it launched the visa processing service to the tourism industry. It is now possible to remit the service fee via Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank and Kanbawza Bank according to contract. The applying travel agent must submit 1)correctly filled form of On Arrival Visa Application Form 2) copy of client passport 3) passport photo taken within 6 months 4) License of the accompanying Guide who is not blacklisted 5) personal details of the guide 6) tour plan of client while in Myanmar.
The tourism industry feels that such undertaking should be borne by either government or tourism association because sending client information to another travel agency such as DP will create conflict of interest. This fact is highlighted at the meeting held at Parkroyal but the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism never took note. On the other hand, if DP can deliver what it claim, it will be a good sign for Myanmar tourism as travelers can apply from any where such as from home away from the city where Myanmar Embassy exist, while traveling. The fee 80 $ is a normal charge if you research other Online Visa from other countries. Travelers just have to trust the agency for their visa application and accept if there is any rejection but this rejection does not mean you are not welcome. It just mean that Ministry of Hotel and Tourism alone cannot decide the approval of your visa and Myanmar Embassy can better judge that particular case.