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1. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Myanmar allows a 28 day maximum stay but I recently overstayed that by 14 days & surprisingly, without any problems at all. Has anybody had any recent experiences of overstaying in Myanmar.

2. Posted by Tabithag (Full Member 108 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Mine is a bit different, as not overstating the 28 days, but an example of their approach. I was on a three week Dragoman trip through Myanmar in January/February 2015. We all arranged our visas independently, for the specific dates, but on arrival at the border it was found that one guy in the group had got his dates wrong and his visa was too short.

We were basically told that if you want to extend a visa once you're in, then you can do so in Yangon, but letting him in on a visa that they knew he intended to overstate was more of a problem. There was much discussion, senior officers called out, and eventually they let him in.

I think we were lucky we were an approved group with a local guide and government escort, who intervened on his behalf, or he may have been refused entry. In Yangon, they extended the visa with no problem.

3. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Tabitha - That is a bit different yes, but interesting never the less.

I have three Myanmar visas in my passport. The only dates are the ones that show the start & end of the 3 month period that the visas are valid for entry.
The first one was valid 18/12/14 to 17/3/15. I entered on 5/3/15 & left on 24/3/15 - Well within the rules - no questions at Yangon airport immigration on arrival or departure even though I would have stated my expected departure date on the arrival landing form.

Your visa is different in that it states the specific dates you were allowed to be in Myanmar. I wonder why your visa & mine are different. Any ideas?

My overstay was January / February this year & it feels so strange to have no problems, I wonder if I was just extremely lucky, it all seemed so relaxed - hence my reason for starting this thread ..

I am going back in September.


4. Posted by Tabithag (Full Member 108 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Just checked my passport, and in fact the visa was for 28 days during a longer period. We had to get the visa while we were in London, some time before, so we had to time our application so that the validity would coincide with our date of departure from Myanmar. I think the other guy did the same, but messed up his dates so his visa ran out before the last day.

We found it quite inconsistent, as the information on the embassy site suggests that the visa dates are just the period during which you must enter Myanmar, and then you can have the four week stay (which seems to be what you are saying about your first trip). However we were told we had to leave within the visa period, hence the careful timing and the problem for our fellow truck passenger.

Also, the embassy information states that if you enter via certain border crossings, you must leave by the same one. We entered at Muse, one of those listed with that criterion, but left at Htee Khee. I assume though that this was all negotiated by Dragoman, so individual travellers may still find that restriction applies.

Hope you enjoy your next trip there, it will be fascinating to see how things change now that The Lady has got in. You obviously like it there if you keep going back.

5. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi Tabitha -

This is an extract from a letter sent by the Myanmar Embassy to these people

>>> The issued Visa will be valid for 3 months from the date of issue and you may stay up to 4 weeks from the date you enter Myanmar. <<<<

That was my understanding too as it is common to every visa I have had. It was also what I experienced with my first trip to Myanmar.

I have only ever gone in & out of Yangon so I have not paid much notice to entering & exiting from different places. A brief look at the rules is very confusing Hopefully with the new administration & if they have a desire to welcome more tourists, they will relax their visa rules - 28 days is too short for a start. It would help too if their website information was clearer but that is a failing of many embassies visa information.

6. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hello Tabitha - It is extremely difficult to find anything about entering & exiting Myanmar from Myanmar Embassies. Sometimes I am not even sure if I am on an official Embassy webiste.

UK GOVERNMENT foreign travel advise does say this though >>>>
The restrictions on exiting Burma at the same border crossing from which you entered have been partially relaxed. If you enter Burma through the Tachilek (Burma Shan State), KawThoung (Burma Tanintharyi), Myawaddy (Burma Karen State) or Htee Khee-Sunaron (Burma Dawei District) border crossings you are able to depart via Rangoon or Mandalay International Airport. However, if you enter Burma via the Muse (Burma Shan State) or Tamu (Burma Chin State) border crossings you must exit at the crossing from which you entered. <<<

I have seen elsewhere that special permits apply to China / Myanmar crossings, where one has to hire guides & be part of a group etc.

I think I will stick with Yangon as entry & exit points.

7. Posted by Tabithag (Full Member 108 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I agree that would be the norm, but our entry stamp on our passport gave a departure date of 9 February, which was the 'valid until' date on our visa, despite us only entering the country on 19 January.

As I say, it may be that our situation was handled differently because it was a Dragoman truck. We were only their third trip through the country, and we had a government escort with us the whole time. I suspect that is how we avoided the issue about using a different exit point, despite entering at Muse.

Like you, if I were travelling independently, I think I would stick with bigger, more established border crossings.