We are going to Myanmar soon. Entry into Myanmar requires a visa for US Passport holders – as well as a ton of other countries (people holding passports from Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia plus a couple other countries can enter for short periods without a visa). The visa process for Myanmar is quite simple, fill out an online form, upload a photo and pay your $50. A couple weeks after you do the online work, you’ll get a letter that you bring with you and upon arrival, you get a single stamp in your passport.
How could I hate this process? Well, I’m an old man at heart and I love the big fancy visas in my passport. Yes, they do take up more real estate in a limited space document than they should, but getting your passport back with a beautiful visa, sometimes with a hologram, is just cool.
The best part of this process (other than the sheer simplicity), was the sample photos – what not to do photos – on the application page. These photos are hillarious – and you know they post a stupid picture like this because they’ve had really stupid people submitting photos like this in the past, right?
What are your thoughts on eVisas? How about the photos above? Do you think people still think they can submit photos like this? People are nuts.