Travelers in possession of a Myanmar tourist eVisa may stay up to 28 days in the country. For the majority of sightseers, this time allowance is sufficient to see all the most popular sights and attractions in Myanmar. However, for tourists who want to explore the country even further, more days may be required.
Similarly, foreign nationals on a business eVisa for Myanmar who require more than the 70-day allowance will need to apply for a business visa extension.
The information below explains how holders of the 2 types of Myanmar eVisa can apply for an extension as well as options for travelers with a standard visa including social and meditation visas.
How to Extend the Myanmar eVisa
Two types of Myanmar eVisa are available, the Tourist eVisa and the Business eVisa.
The online application is a simple process, removing the need to visit an embassy in person or join long lines at the airport on arrival. Once approved, the eVisa is sent via email to be printed and presented with a valid passport at the border.
The period of time that the visa holder can spend in the country depends on the type of eVisa applied for, beginning on the day of entry into Myanmar:
- Tourist eVisa: up to 28 days in Myanmar
- Business eVisa: up to 70 days in Myanmar
Electronic visa holders have 90 days from the issue date to use the approved permit.
It is a good idea to plan an itinerary that fits within these time allowances, however, if this is not possible, an extension must be applied for.
Overstaying a Myanmar visa can lead to fines and other negative repercussions and therefore should be avoided.
Myanmar tourist eVisa extension
Citizens of 100 countries can benefit from the Myanmar tourist eVisa application and obtain permission to visit the country for 28 days. However, it is not currently possible to extend a tourist visa online.
Tourists wishing to stay in Myanmar longer than 28 days should get in contact with their embassy or consulate or visit a Myanmar (Burma) immigration office at Naypyitaw.
It is also important to note that the tourist visa is single-entry. If travelers wish to leave Myanmar and return at a later date it is necessary to apply for another eVisa.
Myanmar business eVisa extension
The quickest and most efficient way to obtain a business visa for Myanmar is to apply online. Travelers requiring longer than the permitted 70 days to complete their transactions are able to request an extension with a relevant Ministry recommendation letter.
Foreign nationals should contact their nearest embassy or consulate for assistance with extending their business visa.
Applying for an Extension with Other Visas
Those citizens who are not eligible for the Myanmar eVisa can apply for a traditional paper visa. Unlike when applying online, this may require visiting an embassy or consulate to supply documentation in person.
There are 2 types of Myanmar visa which cannot be applied for online:
- Social visa: for former Myanmar citizens/resident and valid for 70 days
- Meditation visa: for attending spiritual retreats and yoga courses
Travelers should consider a tourist eVisa rather than the Meditation visa if this is only part of the trip.
Social and Meditation visa holders who require an extension while already in Myanmar should request information and advice at an embassy or consulate of their home country.
Embassies and Consulates in Myanmar
The vast majority of embassies and consulates are concentrated in the capital city of Yangon.
There are a total of 41 embassies in Yangon plus 14 consulates and 2 other representations in Myanmar.
The US embassy in Myanmar is located at:
110 University Ave
It is usually necessary to make an appointment at the embassy or consulate and request a meeting for a visa extension.
What Happens if I Overstay My Myanmar Visa?
Travelers should avoid overstaying their Myanmar visa or risk facing the following repercussions:
- Fines: foreigners will be fined for each day they overstay the visa
- Issues with accommodation: guesthouses and hotels are unlikely to accept guests whose visa has expired
- Flying: this is one of the best ways to travel around Myanmar and will not be possible with an expired visa
- Issues returning to Myanmar: people who overstay their visa may be banned from returning to the country in the future
Where to pay the Myanmar visa overstay fine
Overstaying the Myanmar visa is an offense and should be avoided. Tourists are advised to plan their trip in advance to ensure they can visit all the places they want to see within the 28 day period.
However, should a traveler overstay their permit, either an eVisa or traditional visa, they can pay the accumulated fine at a designated booth at the airport before taking a flight out of the country.