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.

 

 

1,524 thoughts on “Advice on Thailand Visa Overstay Regulations”

  1. Hello. Good day! I have a Non-immigration B (3months) visa, which is going to expire on June 10th. Can I extend my visa any date before July 31th, or Do I have to extend it before June 10th?

    1. You don’t have to do it now. But it is much better and easier if you do. Because immigration offices are very quiet now. So assuming you have the correct paperwork you can get your visa extended quickly with no long queues. If you wait until July 31, then the offices will be packed again for weeks with all the people who haven’t been to Immigration in May and June.

  2. I am from October 26th 2019. I came as a tourist and done a 30.days extension at krabi immigration. Then on December 23rd I left to Malaysia for a day and came back on the 24th until 22nd Jan. I done another extension at Phuket immigration till 21st Feb. On the 21st of Feb I left to Malaysia and returned the next day. Until 22nd March. On the 20th of March I done a 30 day extension till 21st April. Am I allowed to stay until July 31st?? And what happens after July 31st do I get an ext9at the immigration or I have to leave? Because Thailand says 2 entries per calendar year. I left in December and then I left again in Feb. Am I still allowed 1 more departure and re entry into Thailand this year?

    1. You can do another entry overland. As the rules state that two overland entries per year are permitted.

      But you have spent a lot of time in Thailand just for tourism since October 26. So you will probably also have to convince the immigration staff that you are just here for sightseeing purposes and not for work or visiting family – which would be illegal.

      1. Okay I will do so. But do I have to leave the country on 31st July or can I do an extension at the local immigration office?

  3. Hi I just want to find out this – my 30 days visa expired last month 28 and I went and they gave me another 30 days extension which expired today 28th April .. so what’s gonn happen to me because they locked roads and I can’t go to immigration office ?

    1. You don’t have to go to Immigration. Tourists can now stay until 31 July without doing any paperwork. This was announced last week.

      1. Good day!
        I have a non-immigrant B visa and it is expired last may 5, 2020. Is it automatically extended or I do need to do something for it to be extended?
        Do I need to pay penalty of overstay?

        1. Foreigners whose visas have expired since March 26 are permitted to stay until July 31 without having to apply for an extension. So you won’t have an overstay penalty.

  4. I’m a teacher on a non- b visa, i left the country in October and I forgot the re-entry. So, I come back, and kept reporting 90 days. Three days ago I went to the immigration to extent my 1 year visa and I was informed that I am overstaying in the Kingdom since November 26th… :-0
    I had no idea my visa was suspended. I’ve showed all proofs I have that I have been going back to the immigration every three months but the officer told me to leave the country as soon as possible and try to re-apply for the visa non-b visa again… Am I facing to be banned from entering the country?
    I was in my husband visa before (he has a retirement visa) and he always did a multi re-entries, I changed to a working visa and we really forgot about the re-entry, since it was automatic before. I really can’t leave him here and go to another country for a year due his age.
    Can I use any argument in the immigration?

    1. The Immigration officers have already told you what the situation is. You didn’t have a re-entry permit and so you were overstaying.

      As with all other countries, ignorance of laws, isn’t a valid defence or excuse for breaking them.

  5. Hi
    I entered Thailand on 14th March, with a 30 day on arrival visa. I was going to extend on the 14th of April for another 30 days, until May 14th. But as there was an automatic extension until 30th April, I did not extend.

    So technically my original 30 days on arrival visa expired on the 14th of April. Some government sites are saying that if the july extension is only valid for people whos visa runs out between 30 April 2020 and 31 July 2020, and without the first automatic extension mine expiered on the 14th of April.

    What do you advise me to do? or am i entitled to the july extension ?
    Thanks

  6. Hi, i have a non immigrant o visa which expires on 28.05.20. My last arrival to thailand was 28.01.20. Do i still need to do a 90 days reporting since the automatic visa extention has been further extent to 31.07.20.

    1. You don’t have to do the 90 day report but it is better if you do.

      You can do it online or by post or in person – immigration offices are very quiet now, as no tourists are visiting, so no problem to do that quickly and easily.

      If you do it as normal, it will save you having to rush to file the TM47 when the visa amnesty is lifted and the immigration offices are packed with people again.

  7. Does the recent visa extension to july 30 apply to foreigners with a tourist visa that expires in the month of may?

  8. Hello.
    I got a visa extension from immigration and it expires may 1. I got this because of a paper from my ambassy and due to covid. Before that i extended 1 month to.
    My questions is: is it possible to extend a second time due to covid-19 if i have paper from ambassy?

    1. The government has just announced that people in your situation can now stay automatically until 30 July. No need to pay to extend your visa or visit an immigration office.

  9. Hello i am german citizen and in thailand with Tourist visa 60 Days. I went to Gov. Office and extendet my visa on 26.03. they gave me an extension till 26.04. My question is do i also get my visa till 30.04 (4 days for free) or does the automatic visa extension not count for me ?

  10. What is the current procedure for someone over staying their welcome for just short of a year. It is not possible due to the Corona virus to return to her own country. Please advise procedure, fines etc. Would they be in detention for duration of virus?

    1. It was possible for the previous 11 months of overstay to return home. The fine is the same 500 Baht / day to a maximum of 20,000 Baht.

  11. I have extended my 30 days stam visa once this expires 16 April
    Do i need extend my extensions one more time or the new law is valid for me too

  12. I crossed into Thailand from Cambodia by bus 17 February i have extend my 30 days stamps untill 16 April
    Do i need extend my extention one more time

  13. Hello,I went to bueng kan immigration office and was told by bueng kan immigration officials I have to buy visa extension at there office today 7th April,so I get visa extension for 2000 baht,but I read on this website we don’t have to buy visa extension,so why your bueng kan immigration office force me to buy visa extension for 2000 baht ???I come to Thailand on 9th January from UK with a 90 day single entry non immigrant 0 visa,my visa finish on 7th April,why your bueng kan immigration office force me to buy new visa extension??? Can I get my money back because you say on this website I don’t need to buy visa extension ???very very misleading information by your immigration offices regards visas,thank you….

    1. The new law went into effect last night. So yesterday you were given the correct information by the immigration officers. Why not contact the immigration office responsible if you aren’t happy with them?

      1. Hello,you say contact bueng kan immigration office which I have done,they say we cannot give money back as they have transferred all visa extension fees to Thai immigration bureau,that is nonsense !!! I tell them you have to give money back to me the immigration offices who I speak to was very very rude and put phone down on me,now I want you to tell me who do I contact in Thailand to get my money back,if Thai immigration does not give back I will start legal action against Thai immigration and take you to court and sue you for obtaining money under false pretences,you are ripping off in my tourists,tell me who to contact for full refund,thank you..

      2. the immigration office in bueng kan city said to me they send money already to your goverment dept,they cannot give back,who is damn responsible for my refund,i want my money back you damn selfish corrupt thai immigration officials,you are very very dishonest corrupt officials,if you dont give me my money back i will start legal action against the bueng kan officer who forced me into buying visa extension,i will make sure i take him to court and send him to jail for obtaining money from me under false pretences,you need to speak to your immigration officials in bueng kan and sort this out,or your officer will face legal action and i will take him to court and i will make sure the courts of thailand understand how you thai immigration treat us farang tourists with no respect and dignity,i want all my money back now or face the thai law courts !!!

    2. Hey I stay Thailand on NON immigrants visa B and I have my work permit , but my work permit is expiring in next month may 2020 and my visa is expiring June 2020, so how can I renew my work and visa, shall I wait until 31 July or I have to do on time, Pls guide me…. Thanks

      1. The immigration offices are open as normal. So you can renew your Visa in the same way as normal. You will need your employer to provide you with the necessary paperwork.

  14. Dear officer,
    My flight get cancelled and rescheduled to April 26. So I have to do a visa extension. I went to my embassy this morning and it was closed. I went to immigration office right way but was told a confirmation paper will be needed for my visa extension. so I wrote emails to my embassy to ask for the paper but no response yet. and my visa is going to expire tomorrow. will I be fined? will I still get my visa extended if expired?

    1. Announcing the latest visa relief measures on 7 April 2020

      People whose visas has expired between 26th of March 2020 will be automatically extended to 30th of April 2020. There is no need to apply for a visa extension at Immigration Office for this period and will not be fined THB 500 per day for this case.

      Aliens who are due for 90 days reports between 26th of March 2020 and 30th of April 2020 are temporarily exempted from reporting in this period until further notice.

      Aliens who are holding Border Passes will be allowed to stay in Thailand for now. However, Aliens with Border Passes must depart Thailand within 7 days of the border crossing points opening date.

      Aliens are advised to follow announcements regarding Immigration measures closely for updates.

      Current measures announced are valid until 30 April 2020 or further updates.

  15. Dear Sir,
    I am from Bangladesh, I marry in Thailand, I have one daughter also. We all stay Bangkok.
    I have “O”visa for 1 year. Next next month (4th May) my will be finish. I change my flight ticket many time for Covid 19. I can not go back my Country for Covid 19.
    Please inform me what I need to do ? Two time I send mail Immagration office but no reply. Please give advice me.

    1. Wait until there are more updates from the Thai government. The most recent information is valid until 30 April:

      Announcing the latest visa relief measures on 7 April 2020

      People whose visas has from from 26th of March 2020 onwards will be automatically extended to 30th of April 2020. There is no need to apply for a visa extension at Immigration Office for this period and will not be fined THB 500 per day for this case.

      Aliens who are due for 90 days reports between 26th of March 2020 and 30th of April 2020 are temporarily exempted from reporting in this period until further notice.

      Aliens who are holding Border Passes will be allowed to stay in Thailand for now. However, Aliens with Border Passes must depart Thailand within 7 days of the border crossing points opening date.

      Aliens are advised to follow announcements regarding Immigration measures closely for updates.

      Current measures announced are valid until 30 April 2020 or further updates.

    1. You don’t have to go to immigration office now.

      From today’s government announcement. People whose visa has expired after 26th of March 2020 will be automatically extended to 30th of April 2020. There is no need to apply for a visa extension at Immigration Office for this period and will not be fined THB 500 per day for this case.

  16. Hello,can you tell us foreigners who are stranded in Thailand what’s going to happen to people regards visa overstay ???we cannot go back to our countries because of many flight cancellations,if people who come here on 90 days non immigrant 0 visa to see Thai wife and family if we don’t have visa extensions because of us foreigners being afraid of being affected in your immigration offices because of social distancing and over crowding regards deadly corona virus,what will happen to us at Bangkok international airport if we don’t have money to pay overstay fines???please advise us foreigners,thank you!!!

    1. The latest visa relief measures on 7 April 2020

      People whose visas has expired from 26th of March 2020 onwards will be automatically extended to 30th of April 2020. There is no need to apply for a visa extension at Immigration Office for this period and will not be fined THB 500 per day for this case.

      Aliens who are due for 90 days reports between 26th of March 2020 and 30th of April 2020 are temporarily exempted from reporting in this period until further notice.

  17. Hey I.m currently on koh Chang and arrived after march 1st do i need to go to immigration or will my visa be automatically extended , thanks

  18. Dear esteem Sir, i was overstay in Thailand Nov,2017 4 years, and now i want to come again please kindly let me know that after 2 and half years can i come again. Thanking you!

  19. Sir my friend overstays Thailand 1/6/2017 but have 2 baby I miss my baby I wan come back in Thailand I changed my name passport plzz reply give me permission plzz I tackcayer my wife and baby

    1. You can change you name but unless you can change your fingerprints i don’t think it will be easy to come back to Thailand until your ban has expired.

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