Notice for all foreign students who intend to meditate at a Myanmar Centre
Please note that if you intend to come to Myanmar to meditate in a course you
require a "meditation" visa rather than a "tourist" visa. In order to obtain
a "meditation visa" for Myanmar you should do one of the following:
You should obtain a letter from your local center on the letterhead of that
Consulate of Myanmar
To Whom it May Concern:
Mr. (Your name) is a meditator from our Center. We recommend him/her for a
meditation visa to Myanmar to meditate at our Centers in the tradition of
Goenkaji in Myanmar. Send that letter to the Consulate of Myanmar along with
your application form for a meditation visa.
INFORMATION ON APPLICATION OF LONG COURSE IN MYANMAR
Foreign students who want to join the Long Courses in Myanmar need the long-stay visa (such as meditaion visa, business visa or any other long-stay visit visa). The application forms should be submitted one month before the course starting date.
Send application forms for long meditation courses at Guruji Goenka's centers in Myanmar to respective centers after filling all the requirments in the form with recommandation from your Area Teacher. We wll then send confirmation/acceptance letter to you.
You will need Meditation Visa (or any other long-stay visa) from the respective Myanmar Embassy from the Country where you are staying if your visit will be exceeding 28 days.
Meditation Visa Form (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY; FORMS MAY BE PHOTOCOPIED IF NECESSARY)
THREE Meditation Visa Application forms per person, to be completed in full.
THREE Forms of Application for study of Theravda Buddhism in Myanmar.
SIX passport-size photographs per person.
Sponsership Letter from the Meditation Centre in Myanmar -.that is your acceptance/invitation letter from the respective Centre. (see no.1)
Personal declaration stating that you will abide by the rules and regulations, acts and directives adopted by the Department for the Promotion and Propagation of Sasana.
Upon receipt of your initial application by the Embassy, it will be referred to the relevant authorities in Myanmar for approval.
Please ensure that your complete address and contact phone numbers are included with your application.
When the Embassy has approval to issue your Meditation Visa, the Embassy will contact you, and you will need to send the following:
Two Meditation Visa Application forms per person to be completed in full.
THREE passport-size photographs per person.
Valid passport (blank page necessary for visa stamp)
Visa Fee of $65.00 per person to be paid by cash, moneyorder, bank cheque or company cheque: Payable to 'EMBASSY OF MYANMAR'. (Please verify with your local Myanmar Embassy.) (PERSONAL CHEQUES ARE NOT ACCEPTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES)
Letter giving departure date from your station
Return self-addressed pre-paid envelope or courier bag. (SAFE SUBMISSION & RETURN OF PASSPORT IS APPLICANTS' RESPONSIBILITY)
As the granting of approval can take sometime, the Embassy suggests that you make application well in advance of proposed travel.
You should first write a letter to Dhamma Joti and ask them for an invitation
letter to come to Myanmar and meditate at the Centers in Myanmar in the
tradition of Goenkaji. When you receive this letter back from them you
send it to the Myanmar Consulate along with your application for a meditation
If you have any questions related to this issue please send them to: