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.

 

 

2,373 thoughts on “Advice on Thailand Visa Overstay Regulations”

  1. Hello please i have an overstay of 30days plus cuz i was working on my legalization process from home and it took some time due to crises in my jime country but i have an active work permit and teacher license so i don’t know if it will be possible for the immigration to extend my stay while i pay for the overstay or i have to exit the country

  2. Right now, I am overstaying Bangkok because I had a health problem so my overstay will 10 days, no more. I have read that it is better to go to Thai Immigration prior to my day of departure, pay the fine, do the paperwork, etc. Do you agree? Also, I am not clear on where I could do this.

  3. Hello Sir,
    Frist of all i overstayed on my old passport the traditional hand written manual passport, now i got Mrp e passport machine readable passport.
    I overstayed my ED visa start from (2011 to 2016) for 5 years and got a 10 years ban but i did not got any blacklist stamp on my passport!! just 2 blue pen line mark on my ED visa Sticker, they give me a letter paper written Notification of Barring order what is it the letter please? i paid 20k and left with a smile, i was not a criminal but i stayed coz i had money, worked in schools, please let me know if i can come coz i have fresh 2 new passport and if that overstay will affect me in other countries immigration, i already got a new PP & visa to go a another country after many years later didnt go to any other country after that overstay like 7 years passed. Please please please honourable sir let me know, May God bless you.

    1. If you got a 10 year ban you can return when it is over. You admit to working illegally for 7 years. So that isn’t accidental.

  4. Hello My visa expired 6 months,I’m lost my passport by thief, currently I got it , I have plan go back my country next week , so current I want visiting Vientiane Laos for 5 days, what is a requirement please help me

    1. You will have to pay the overstay fine when you leave. And when you try to re-enter you will have to prove you are a genuine tourist. You can also show a copy of your police report for the missing passport. As I am sure you will have informed them. 🙂

  5. I overstayed one month.
    one month! for some reasons I thought I have 2 month visa…
    and just today I rechecked!

    my ticket to home country is in another month.
    and I have planed to do a visa run – go to vietnam and come back the same day.

    Now I am totally lost.

    I understand I have to pay the fine..
    Whats the best place to do it? Pay on border to vietnam or go to customs office?

    Can I go to another country after I have admitted I overstayed my visa?
    Will I be allowed back?

    thanks, really scared

    1. You will have to pay the overstay fine at the airport. I doubt you will be allowed back in the same day, as you have just overstayed a month. It will be better to have a week or two away from Thailand, get a Tourist Visa from an Embassy and Consulate and then try to enter again. But note that entry isn’t guaranteed and you will have to prove you age a genuine tourist – cash to support yourself, hotel booking and return flight out of Thailand.

      1. I am currently on my 16 month of my 5 year ban is there anyway I can get back into thailand legally to see my family

        1. The only option is to hire a lawyer and appeal the ban by laying out your case as to why it was unjust / incorrect and the harm it is doing your family.

  6. My work visa is expired on January 26th 2024. My company tax documents is taking time to arrive. So I will be 1 week overstay before I extend my visa again. Will there be any problem for me to extend the work visa after I pay the overstay fine?. Thank you.

    1. It should be OK. But it is better for your HR department to speak to their contacts at your local immigration office to explain the situation to them in advance.

  7. Hello,
    I have booked my return flight 4th of February but I didn’t realised it’s 3 days after my expiration of the 1 month visa.
    So I will over stay for 3 days. It will be my first time.
    Is that bad or can I be banned?

    1. You won’t be banned but you will have to pay the overstay fine and will have an overstay stamp in your passport.

      If want to avoid this then you should go to your local immigration office and extend your visa. That will cost 1,900 Baht.

  8. Hi, we miscalculated the date of the 30 days visa. Our last date is 26th March but the flight is 27st March at 9 AM.

    I know that we have to pay the 500 baht fine, will the immigration officer ban us from Thailand and /or mark our passports?

    Thank you for your help

    1. The fine is nearly always forgiven for overstays of less than 24 hours. But you will get a stamp in Thai language in your passport that says this.

  9. Hello. my ED visa will expire on Jan 31. My university is now processing the official letter for visa extension of another year and it will take time for one month and cannot extend visa on time. I would like to know whether it is possible to do tourist visa and come back and stay until I get the official letter for ED visa.
    Can I change ED visa again during my stay with tourist visa`?

    Thanks,
    Cho

    1. You should ask your university to contact immigration on your behalf to explain the situation. They should be able to help. But if they can’t then you can leave the country and return on a tourist visa and then apply again for a Non Immigrant Ed visa

  10. Hi, my partner miscalculated the date of 30 days visa exemption. His last date is 20th Feb but the flight is 21st Feb at 3 AM.

    I know that it won’t be an issue however, apart from 500 baht fine, will the immigration officer put the stamp in his passport? Ex. Fine waived stamp?

    Many thanks in advance!

    1. The first 24 hours of any overstay are usually forgiven. I’m pretty sure that if you just apologise for counting the days incorrectly then you won’t have to pay a fine or receive any stamp in your passport. But if you want to be 100% sure, then check in early and go through immigration before midnight.

  11. I have 5 year ban with 4 years left. 2 day overstay. Did the IDC hotel program. I have a thai daughter who is a year and a half and my gf’s family all lives in Thailand. Any way to get forgiveness on the blacklisting?

    1. The only way to get the ban repealed would be to hire a lawyer to appeal your case. If there’s a valid reason why you overstayed then the appeal might be successful.

      1. I have a study visa of Thailand, its validity is till June, so I have single entry or have I moved to Thailand, can I go to Thailand on the same visa..?

        1. If you have a valid visa you should have no problem coming to Thailand. Assuming your reason for visiting is the same as the reason your visa was granted.

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