A quick word on this. If you plan to meditate for up to 28 days, you can get a 28-day Tourist Visa online at https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/, costing USD 50, and you only need to let the meditation centre know your dates. If you wish to stay longer, you have to request an invitation letter from the centre you intend to train at, then go to a Myanmar consulate and apply for a ‘Religious Visa’ in the old-fashioned paper way, but the advantage is you get an initial 70-day visa that can be extended while you’re in retreat for another 90 days. Not bad!
The best place I know of to get this done quickly and easily is Bangkok. The Myanmar visa office in Bangkok is at:
132 N Sathon Rd (link to Google Maps location), nearest to Chong Nonsi BTS station, open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, except for Thai and Burmese national holidays.
On page 5 of the document at this link, you’ll see requirements for a Religious Visa. It’s the usual stuff. The invitation letter is actually very easy to obtain – just email the monastery or meditation centre where you want to train, and they’ll take care of the rest. Of course, allow a few days for this part of the process.
Some rumours say that the actual consulate queuing and application process is slow, long, difficult, or whatever. In fact, it’s quick and easy. Arrive before office hours begin (8am or so if you like) and you can enter the waiting room, fill out a form, attach your photo, etc. Then when it all kicks off at 9am, you have your queue number and will be seen early, after which you can leave. I’ve arrived at 8:30am and been done and gone by 9:30am.
As for fees and processing times, as at late 2019, there is only one option. It costs THB 2,000 (approx USD 66) and pickup is next day after 3:30pm.
All the best!