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Expat guide for living and working in Myanmar

Employers and investors in Myanmar are willing to hire skilled and experienced foreign workers to meet international standards. There are limited number of local skilled workers, therefore more foreign specialists are hired in different fields. Therefore, many expat are choosing to living and working in Myanmar. Myanmar is still developing and improving their work permit system for foreign workers. However, there are many paths for expats to acquire work-permit in Myanmar to work and live legally in the country. You can also visit job board on our website.

Resident visa and work permit

Visiting to Myanmar is not difficult because visa-free-policy is planned for ASEAN nations and visa-on-arrival is available for many countries. Nationals from ASEAN countries who got visa exemptions to visit Myanmar can stay up to 14 days in Myanmar. Visa-on-arrival is available for the nationals from EU, USA, Canada, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Norway, Singapore, and many others. Other nationals who are not included in the exemption and visa-on-arrival provision, must apply for a visa through Myanmar embassy. Tourist visa, entry visa, business visa, multiple journey entry visa and diplomatic or official visa are available for foreigners.

Business Visa

Business visas are valid for up to 70 days. Foreigners must leave the country after staying 70 days and they can return. Many expats choose this option because Myanmar has many neighboring countries that can easily enter and return back to Myanmar. Myanmar borders India, Bangladesh, Laos, China, and Thailand, and Thailand is the easiest country to go among them. You can take a night bus from Yangon to Myawaddy, and you will get there in the morning. Then, you need to cross the Myanmar-Thai friendship border bridge to the Thailand border city Mae Sot, and return. The whole trip only takes up to 2 days if you don’t spend some days on Thailand side.

Documents required:

  • Valid passport, minimum 6 months
  • Completed application form (1.5 in x 2 in, white background)
  • Copy of flight itinerary
  • Recommendation letter of employer address to Visa Section, Embassy of the Republic of the union of Myanmar. This document describes briefly the occupation, purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates of the expat.
  • Invitation letter from a Myanmar individual or organization
  • Visa fees

Stay Permit and Multiple Journey Special re-entry visa

If you wish to extend the stay further, you may apply for a stay-permit and multiple journey special re-entry visa. This is valid from 6 months to one year but more expensive. The stay permit is only valid for one entry, therefore you need to obtain multiple journey special re-entry visa. This way, your stay permit will not be invalid after leaving the country and you can do multiple entry. But it is quite difficult to apply for the multiple journey special re-entry visa. Because the applicants need to obtain previous 3 visits to Myanmar with business visa.

Documents required:

  • A recommendation letter from the employer, including details about the type of business, purpose of visit, applicant’s name, passport details, position in company, and intended entry and exit dates;
  • Invitation letter from a Myanmar registered company on its official letterhead;
  • Applicant’s CV;
  • Authorization letter notarized and legalized by the relevant Myanmar Embassy or Consulate;
  • Company documents, including certificate of registration, permit, company affidavit;
  • Visa application form;
  • Two recent color photographs with white background size 35mm x 45mm; and
  • Passport valid for at least six months and a copy of the passport details page.

For more information visit the Myanmar Embassy >>


High Paid Jobs in Myanmar for Expats

Myanmar’s economy is growing and foreign investments are flowing into the country since the country opens its door. Since many foreign investments are increasingly entering the country, the number of job opportunities for foreigners also increase. The living expenses in Myanmar is quite low compared to other western countries and developed countries. However, the salary rate for foreigners is quite high in most of the job industries in Myanmar. Moreover, many employers straggle to find the candidate with the right skillset among locals. Therefore, international job seekers have more opportunities to get high paid jobs in Myanmar. If you wish to find new work experiences in Myanmar, there are wide range of career choices for international job-seekers. The following jobs are the most popular and high-paid jobs for expats in Myanmar.

Teaching English and Languages

If you are an English native-speaker, you can easily get a teaching job in international schools or other language academies. If teaching is your specialty, there are plenty of English teaching job opportunities in Myanmar. Even if you are not a native-speaker but you have qualification to teach English, you can get high-paid teaching job. The number of international-schools are increasing and teaching-jobs at those schools are one of the highest opportunities for expats in Myanmar. Japanese, Korean, Thai, and many other languages are also popular languages that locals wants to learn. Therefore, there are many teaching language jobs available in Myanmar as well.

International NGOs (International Non profit organization)

There are many jobs available in International NGO fields for foreigners. Those are well-paid jobs and you can easily apply for senior positions in any INGOs. The country is developing slowly and many sectors still need supports from International INGOs and CSOs. Moreover, many INGOs which operated at the border area now moved back inside the country since the country open it’s door and change to democracy. Therefore, there are plenty of job opportunities for foreigners in many different INGOs and CSOs. The salary rate of CSOs is not as high as INGOs but still relatively high compared to other jobs.

Freelancing in Myanmar

Freelance opportunity is now becoming popular in Myanmar. Myanmar employer are hiring online freelancers both from local and abroad. Any kinds of freelance work you can do for Myanmar, but the most demanding tasks are digital marketing, content writings, web and mobile application development and creative design. Myanmar people are now starting to use some website which can generate instant result like design or logo maker.

Business Development

The increase of foreign direct investments increases job opportunities for international job seekers in business sector. Myanmar economy is developing but the country lacks of qualify human resources. Therefore, more foreigners are hired with high salary to lead the companies and develop the country’s economy. Most of the jobs for foreigners are for management levels, therefore it is better if you obtain a business related degrees.


IT development of Myanmar is still very low and there isn’t enough skillful IT workers in Myanmar. Therefore, there are more IT job opportunities such as software development and programing for international job seekers. You can either be a freelancer or a full-time employee at IT companies. Salary rate for IT professionals is one of the highest in Myanmar for the expats.

Digital Marketing

As digital marketing trend also hits to Myanmar, there is an increasing demand for digital marketing service in Myanmar. Now Myanmar has both local and International digital marketing agencies and both offer jobs for expats to work with them. if you are digital marketing professional, you can find quite high paid DM jobs in Myanmar.