With a tourist visa you are allowed to stay for 28 days in Myanmar. Most people, who have the time and money, would like to stay longer. So what do you need to do if you are already in the country and want to extend your travels in this magnificent country? Well, actually nothing. You will have nothing to worry about - until you departure. Okay, let's get a bit more detailed here.
I entered Myanmar via the border crossing point Punangron/Htee Kee. The time flew and suddenly I realized I only had a few days left in Myanmar. However, I wanted to see more. I did some research, but the hard part was that most articles were 1-4 years old and Myanmar changes quickly. In the end I found out that it was indeed possible to overstay your visa. I overstayed my visa for 8 days, left the country and came back one week later (but that is another story). Let's get through the most important questions about overstaying your visa.
NOTE: I am only talking about the tourist visa here. Furthermore I can not guarantee anything, as the regulations can change at anytime. These answers are based on personal experiences by me and first-hand experiences of other fellow travellers who overstayed as well.
Is it possible to overstay? If yes, for how many days?
Yes. I overstayed my visa for 8 days. Others even longer. According to a blog post I found online by myohmyanmar.wordpress.com (a very informative and reliable blog about Myanmar) you can overstay 90 days without any problems.
Do you need to go to an embassy or fill out anything to overstay?
No. You do not have to do anything to be able to overstay. You will only need to pay the fees when you leave the country.
If I overstay, can I only leave the country via the airport?
No, you can leave the country via the airport and via the border crossing points as well. However, I only know that it is possible at the border crossing points with Thailand. I do not have any reliable information about the others.
What are the fees of overstaying? Where do I pay the fees?
You will have to pay a 3$ handling fee plus 3$ per day you overstayed.
You will pay the fees at the passport control. For example at Mandalay Airport they had a separate counter for people who overstayed.
Can I leave Myanmar via the border crossing point with my e-visa?
Yes, as several fellow travellers told me, you can also leave Myanmar via the border crossing point with an e-visa. However, you are not allowed to enter Myanmar via the border crossing point with the e-visa. To do that you need the normal visa which you get at the embassy.
UPDATE 17.03.2017: I have been informed by several travellers that now you can also enter the border crossing points between Myanmar and Thailand with the e-visa.
Will I have any problems if I overstay my visa?
While travelling in Myanmar you should not have any problems. However, I read some articles, that in rare situations guesthouses do not want to give you a room if you already overstayed the visa. Those were older articles though. It also never happened to me or other fellow travellers I know of.
When you leave the country they will put a stamp in your passport that says 'Stay Extended Up to ....''. It does not say you overstayed. You will not have any problems to enter other countries. Also it will be no problem when you return to Myanmar someday.
I hope that this information was useful for you and maybe leads you to stay longer in Myanmar. It is totally worth it. If you have any further questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
In case you decide to stay longer but need some ideas what you could do else, check out my article: