Overstay in Thailand

Foreigners entering the country of Thailand get a stamp in their passport from immigration officials indicating the exact date up to which the foreigner may stay in Thailand. After that they must leave, or get an extension at the Immigration Office. 

If foreigners remain in the country, without the immigration office extension, he is considered illegally in the country. The following penalties were set by the Immigration Department for this illegal stay:

Foreigners who exceed the authorized period of stay and are caught when leaving the country via an international airport or a land border:

  • If overstay by more than 90 days - One year travel ban to Thailand
  • If overstay by more than a year - three-year travel ban to Thailand
  • If overstay by more than three years - five-year travel ban to Thailand
  • If overstay by more than five years - ten years travel ban to Thailand

 

For foreigners who are apprehended during their illegal stay in the country by the authorities, the penalties are as follows:

  • If overstay up to one year - five-year travel ban to Thailand
  • If overstay by more than a year - ten years travel ban to Thailand 

 

Visitors who exceed their authorized period of stay by less than 90 days, and present themselves to the authorities, the punishment is 500 Baht / day, up to a  maximum of 20,000 Baht.

Theoretically, a tourist who has exceeded his authorized period of stay for a few days and is caught by the authorities will be arrested, expelled and issued with a five-year entry ban.


posted on: 23.07.2014 - last update on: 25.02.2018

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