Overstay Your Myanmar Visa

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.

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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.

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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:

'What to do in Myanmar - TOP 10'

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Comments: 7
  • #1

    Cesar (Saturday, 21 January 2017 11:12)

    Very useful. Thanks for the post

  • #2

    Adrian Frischknecht (Wednesday, 08 February 2017 07:38)

    Since September 2016 it's possible to enter Myanmar at three landborders to Thailand with an e-visa. While applying for the e-visa you have to define which landborder you will pass.

  • #3

    Adrian Frischknecht (Tuesday, 21 February 2017 09:10)

    Hello everybody, its me again. I know how hard it is to get actual information. We just crossed the border to Mae Sot today (21.2.2017). We overstayed our visa for 20 days. The emigration processed easy in around an hour. We were asked for a copy of the passport (the side with the visa stamp and the main side of the passport). There is a copyshop next to the check point in Myawady. After we had to pay the fine of 3$ a day in total 60$. We had the local curency Kyats left an wanted to spend them. The exchange rate for one day 3$ was 5000 Kyats, which is pretty bad and around 3.7$. So it's much more expansive than pay in dollar. So make sure you have enaugh dollars with you if you will overstay.
    This is just a report of our experience today. I can give any guarantee that this is the common process.

  • #4

    Gabrielle (Tuesday, 21 February 2017 12:47)

    Hey guys, thanks for this very useful article !
    It's not on purpose but we will have to overstay our visa and we wonder if it was a problem for you when you travelled around myanmar ?
    For example in buses or trains ?
    Thanks for you answer !

  • #5

    barena (Friday, 10 March 2017 02:05)

    Yo guys,thanx for this clear and usefull info!

  • #6

    daria (Monday, 16 October 2017 10:14)

    Hi, thanks for this useful article. I have a question. I am heading to Myanmar very soon and am planning to overstay 14 days. I will leave Myanmar overland at the Thai border of Mae Sot and am wondering if I need to pay the overstay in USD or can I do it in Kyatt or even Euros? If yes to Euros would it be €3 per day? Thank you!!

  • #7

    BackPekka (Tuesday, 17 October 2017 14:54)

    @Daria: I honestly do not know as I left the country via the airport. I know that I was able to pay in USD and Kyatt, but do not know about Euros.

    According to Adrian Frischknecht in the comments, it is better to pay in USD due to the exchange rates. Apparently, he passed through Mae Sot, so you should not face any problems.

    Please remember that my post is mostly my personal experience and already over a year old. Things could have changed in the mean time.

    I wish you a great time in Myanmar!