Advice on Thailand Visa Overstay Regulations

  1. Thailand Immigration overstay rules

Overstaying your visa is illegal.  If you overstay for a short period you will have to pay a fine.  However,  if you overstay for more than 90 days then it is a serious offence and the result will be you are deported from Thailand and banned from visiting again.  The length of the ban depends on how long you have overstayed your visa.

If you are caught overstaying by an Immigration officer, then it can result in being taken to jail if you are not able to pay the fine or have a long overstay.

From 20th March 2016, if you are caught overstaying by even one day, you will face a ban from re-entering Thailand of five years. If you have overstayed by more than one year, you will face a ban of ten years.

If you have a very long overstay and turn yourself in to the authorities you will have to go before a judge in court. The overstay fine is usually waived and in it’s place a smaller fine imposed.   You will then be held in the IDC ( Immigration Detention Center ) until you can arrange for a ticket on a direct flight back to your own country.  You will then have to pay a small fee to the immigration officers to take you to the airport and accompany you through Immigration, where you will get the blacklist stamp in your passport, and to the gate.  Your passport will be given to a steward on the flight and they will return it to you when you land in your home country.

How much is the fine for overstaying?

The fine depends on the number of days you have overstayed. The minimum charge is 500 Baht per day.  This goes to a maximum of 20,000 Baht for overstays of 40 days or longer.

The good news is that if your overstay is under 90 days and you  pay the fine  then leave the country then you won’t have any problem returning to Thailand at a future date.  There won’t be any black mark next to your name.

What is overstaying?

Overstaying is when someone resides in Thailand for a period exceeding the length of time they are permitted to do so by their visa or entry stamp.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not overstay.

However, the Thai Immigration officials realise that sometimes people make mistakes and book a flight a day too late or their plans change, a flight is cancelled and they have to leave a day late.  In cases such as these, with a few hours overstay, the 500 Baht overstay fine is usually waived.

If you are in a situation like this, don’t panic.  Just explain to the immigration officer when you are being stamped out of the county.  Apologise and you will be treated fairly.

If you have a longer overstay, for example, 1 week, then you will be required to pay this ( 7 days x 500 Baht = 3,500 Baht )  before you can leave the country.  It is easiest to pay when you fly out.  Again, explain the reason to the immigration office at the airport, then you will be taken to a nearby counter when you can pay the overstay fine.  Please ensure that you have enough funds to cover this. If not, then you may be taken to the holding cells until you can raise funds.

Children under the age of 15 are not charged a fine for overstaying but still get overstay stamps when they leave the country. Being exempt from the fine does not make them exempt from needing a valid visa entry or extension to stay in the country.

Consequences of overstaying your Thai visa

Please note that repeated violations of overstaying can hold serious consequences. In the event that you have had a few overstays, your passport could be stamped with a stamp declaring you in violation of the immigration laws and regulations of Thailand.

This stamp will label you as an “undesirable alien”, which could make travel and obtaining entry to other countries much harder than it should be.

Where is the Immigration Detention Centre?

The IDC is located in central Bangkok at the Immigration Office on Soi Suanplu, Bangkok.  This is where anyone who has been arrested for overstaying will be held prior to attending court and then whilst waiting for their flight back home to be arranged.

You can call on: 02 213 2369 but it is better to go in person.  Go to Building 5 at the IDC.  You will need the overstayer’s details: Name, nationality, age, arrest date and location.

 

 

1,731 thoughts on “Advice on Thailand Visa Overstay Regulations”

  1. If let’s say someone is banned for one year and receives a one year ban stamp on a passport but that person carries another passport (duo citizen), could that person return to Thailand on a different passport where there is no ban stamp?

    1. The Immigration system is computerized and uses biometrics. So if you try reentering using the same name, date of birth, fingerprints and facial appearance you will be caught and denied entry.

  2. Hi, If I have overstayed under one year eight month because of covid and I want to go back my country how can I go back how much I need to pay and if I will pay 20k bath in airport then what about my flight ticket please explain me. I need your help

    1. Buy a ticket and arrange to go home, you might also need a negative PCR covid test, depending on the airline regulations. Check in for your flight. Go through security. When you are at Immigration, tell them you have overstayed. You will then be able to pay the fine and get your passport stamped. Then you fly home.

  3. If you supposed to pay your 1 day overstay today but it’s holiday and next day is Saturday and Sunday should I still need to pay 3 more days?

    Waiting for response thank you

  4. Hi, If I have overstayed under one year and have my flight tickets out of the country to my home and my 20,000 baht, can i leave simply upon exiting immigration? There is no lockup stage as some have mentioned? Please elude to any situations that may arise.

    1. Assuming you have money for the fine and a ticket back to your home country, there’s no reason why you’d have any problems at the airport.

      But note that if, for some reason, you were picked up by the police in the time between now and when you check in for your flight, then you would probably be detained and deported.

  5. Hi I overstayed my visa /landing card by two days only back in January 2020, I went straight to immigration control & paid my overstay fine 1000thb, this is my first & only time, of a 2 day over stay, can I renter Thailand without any problems next time I visit Thailand?

    1. Don’t worry. It won’t be a problem. Lots of visitors overstay a couple of days due to changed flights or miscalculated travel dates.

      Only people who have overstayed a long time and received a ban on re-entering Thailand will have problems.

      1. Sorry to bother you once again, so YOUR ANSWER IS YES I CAN, ENTER BANGKOK THAILAND without any stress or worry on my return trip in a few months time, like I’ve mentioned in my last email, it’s the first & only time this as ever happened, so rentering Thailand won’t be a problem for me??? After only two days overstay, which I correctly paid my fine, when @ imaginations

        1. If you only overstayed a couple of days and paid a small fine then you won’t have any problems returning to Thailand for your next visit.

  6. Hello I’m Stephen, My question is:
    If I overstay for 3 years and I want to return to my country,
    1. am I allowed to take my luggages?
    2. how much is the fine?
    3. Must I have my air ticket ready?
    Please help me.

    1. You can pay the overstay fine at Immigration at the airport. The fine will be 20,000 Baht. This is the maximum fine. You can take your luggage.

      1. One of my friends on overstay recently reported himself, went into detention, and got a 5 year ban. He says immigration authorities kept him in a detention cell for 10 days and then he paid for his flight and left. I’m not even sure he paid the 20,000 overstay fine. IS this lockup scenario happening only if you turn yourself in voluntarily to authorities and not at the airportT?

        1. Yes, if you report yourself (or someone else reports you and you are apprehended by the police) then you will be detained at the CDC and then will have to wait to appear in court to receive a fine and ban from re-entering Thailand. You can then buy a plane ticket and will be taken by the police to the airport and deported.

          1. OK Thank you Admin, is it necessary to have an attorney on hand with overstay do you think?

  7. Hi there, hope my experience with the Thai immigration at Suvarnabhumi helps some of you who have long overstay.

    I went with close to 2 years of overstay to my judgment call.
    They were friendly and professional. I apologized, paid my 20k THB , signed a few forms, got my 3 year ban stamp into my passport and was send on my way. Sitting bored at the Gate right now lol.

    What I wanna say is, that you should be polite on any possible way, especially when you are the offender. I dunno if apologizing helped but it surely didn’t worsen my situation.

    I think as long as you have your ticket and be able to pay the fine, they’re glad to have you out of the country.

    Still saying, that if u have the choice, you shouldn’t overstay, as if u get caught they send you to jail and I imagine that’s not pretty in Thailand. It’s just sad that Thailand strictened it’s Visa policies but it was inevitable.

    Sorry for my bad written english and the wall of text. Good luck!

  8. Hi Sir,
    I was fined in a Thai court 2500 Baht for a small ganja law issue and was put in the IDC for a 1Month 15 day then deported. My 2-year ban officially finished yesterday.
    My questions are,
    Is my ban automatically removed or must I apply for remove
    Can I enter on Thailand again?

  9. If someone have a e-visa of a country but overstayed in Thailand, can they travel to that country after paying the fine, or they must go back to their home country?

  10. Hi
    We will be forced to overstay 2 days as domestic flights are cancelled now.
    How can we justify the situation to the immigration agents ?

  11. Hi, can someone take a transit flight, if he/she is overstayed in Thailand. Due to the covid situation direct flights are not available.
    Please advise.

        1. No. You have to go and apply at your local Immigration office. The fee is 1,900 Baht. The automatic extensions ended several months ago.

  12. With the flight cancelations and travel restrictions Thailand immigration has gotten out of control. They want to go back to business as normal buts its not. Other countries immigration services have extended people who are stranded visa automatically every 30 days, but Thailand started this 60 day Covid-19 visa for 1900 Baht.

    1. It’s not unreasonable at all. If you are broke, and cannot leave the country, it’s not their problem. It’s yours. Your problem is you cannot fly or drive to cheap destinations like VN, KH, LA, border, because the border is closed, and Europe and USA are too far (you don’t have enough money or don’t want pay the money to go there), so instead of blaming yourself you complain that Thai immigration rules are unreasonable. It’s not unreasonable. 60 days is a long time for a tourist. If you are staying longer, get the appropriate visa.

  13. Hi Sir,
    I was fined in a Thai court 1000 Baht for a small labor law issue and was put in the IDC for a few hours then deported. My 5-year ban officially finished yesterday.
    My questions are,
    Is my ban automatically removed or must I apply for removal?
    Can I enter on a Non-B visa ever again or am I a tourist forever?
    Thanks for your reply

    1. Yes it is automatically approved. You can only get a Non immigrant B visa if you are working legally in Thailand. If you get a job here and your company provides the correct paperwork then you will be able to get a B category visa.

  14. This website helped me so I thought I’d share my experience while on my flight out of Thailand now.

    Go to Suvarnabhumi airport and get your boarding pass. Ideally don’t wait around the airport…Arrive when the desks open.
    Pass security.
    Head to the immigration officer and just mention your overstay. They will take you to the counter to pay and stamp you out.

    The immigration officers were friendly and joking around but obviously be apologetic and don’t make any jokes about overstaying else it might not be well received. Just be polite and apologetic.

    I overstayed about 2 years.

  15. My daughter will be 15 years old this coming November 09, 2021. I’m working here in Thailand and I have work permit. I can’t process her non-o visa because of pandemic. I am planning to go back to our country on December.
    My question is ….Do I need to pay her overstay in immigration when we go back to our country ?

  16. Can you pay your fine at the check in point? Are there going to be someone who assist you with paying the fine in case of you not knowing what to do?

    1. You pay the fine at Immigration when you get stamped out of Thailand. An immigration officer will show you what to do.

  17. Is the fine payable at suvarnabhumi airport 24 hours a day? In the case of a 5am flight. Or do you need to go during certain hours?

          1. Hello, what if I forgot to extend my covid-19 visa extension and two days overstay? I have to get additional covid-19 visa extension on July 18th, but I forgot it.

          2. Go to your local immigration office today, apologize, pay the 500 Baht / day fine and get a new covid extension.

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