Re-Entry Permit

Those foreigners who are staying in Thailand on the basis of an extension of their non-immigrant visa and are planning to leave the country and then return before its expiration should be aware of the fact that their permission to stay in Thailand is automatically cancelled as soon as they cross the border - even though there may be still many months left.
To avoid going through the procedure of re-applying for a permit after returning to the Kingdom, you can apply for a re-entry permit from the Immigration Department. Fill in Form tm8, and pay the appropriate fee depending on the frequency of the proposed trips out of Thailand (1 = 1,000 THB; unlimited = 3,800 THB) Also take your passport and photocopies of the relevant pages.

Documents required to apply for re-entry permit

  • The applicant's passport + copies of relevant pages
  • completed Form tm8, including passport photo
  • Fees for approval - 1,000 THB for a training and re-entry and 3,800 THB for unlimited training and re-entry

Now you can apply for the re-entry permit online from Bangkok, and pick it up two days later. For the online application form click here: Application for the Re-Entry Permit Online

For the online application you have to use Internet Explorer.

The form is filled out by the applicant and submitted online. The online application must be at least two days prior to the desired date of the pick-up. After completing and submitting the online form, the applicant chooses an appointment time and then gets a reservation code, which he has to show at the immigration office. Take your passport, the fee (as detailed above), and the code to the desk marked 'Re-entry Permit Online'.

The online application is recommended really only for applicants who are short of time, or are in Bangkok anyway. In the provinces, it's always easier to get the permit from the local immigration office beforehand. If anyone finds at Suvarnabhumi Airport that he forgot to get his re-entry permit, he can get the permit from the airport immigration office between 6 am and midnight at the 'last minute'.


posted on: 09.07.2012 - last update on: 27.05.2015

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