Thai Overstay Rules and Penalties

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The rules and penalties for anyone who overstays their current visa in Thailand

We have been receiving a lot of emails following the article we did about overstays last week. If you are unsure about the rules and penalties, please read below for a detailed explanation.

If you are in need of any help or advice with an overstay problem, we will be happy to help with this and you can get in touch at danny.pattayaone@gmail.com

 

  1. If you have already overstayed beyond the permitted date and do not leave the country before the order’s enforced date (20 March 2016), you will be banned from re-entering the Kingdom of Thailand as shown in the details below:

    Alien Surrendered to Authorities:

      1. An alien who overstays more than 90 days beyond his/her permitted date will be banned from re-entering the country for 1 year, starting from the departure date.
      2. An alien who overstays more than 1 year beyond his/her permitted date will be banned from re-entering the country for 3 years, starting from the departure date.
      3. An alien who overstays more than 3 years beyond his/her permitted date will be banned from re-entering the country for 5 years, starting from the departure date.
      4. An alien who overstays more than 5 years beyond his/her permitted date will be banned from re-entering the country for 10 years, starting from the departure date.

    Alien Being Arrested and Prosecuted:

      1. An alien who is caught overstaying less than or exactly 1 year beyond his/her permitted date will be banned from re-entering the country for 5 years, starting from the departure date.
      2. An alien who is caught overstaying more than 1 year beyond his/her permitted date will be banned from re-entering the country for 10 years, starting from the departure date.
  2. If you have already overstayed beyond your permitted date before the order’s enforced date (20 March 2016), you may surrender to the authorities at the Immigration Checkpoint (land border, seaport, and airport). You must pay a fine of 500/day, but not exceeding 20,000 baht before you are allowed to leave the Kingdom of Thailand.
  • Ken Anderson

    Regardless of your visa status, legal or not, you can still fall prey to corrupt dishonest border officials at the airport when leaving.
    Maybe an article advising how to deal with that situation could be useful to some?

    • pattayhobo

      You must be gullible because your departure date is clearly marked on your visa and if your’re a 31 day entry tourist the departure date is clearly stamped on your passport if you can’t get that right well there’s no helping you maybe the long nights at cheap charlies Beer bar slurping your 45 baht Chang beers has clouded your vision or the kamagra gels .

      • Ken Anderson

        Regardless of my behaviour. Thai’s, particularly those in positions of power, will never cease to be dishonest and think everyone else is more stupid that they are.
        Also, by the way the visa waiver is 30 days not 31.

        • pattayhobo

          well know all little did you know you get 24 hours grace after the thirty days if you know about it and mention it .

          • Ken Anderson

            Yes I am fully aware of that, and actually on one instance some years ago was in that situation myself, on the 31st day I came to leave and there was a failed scam attempt from a corrupt immigration officer.
            So as you rightly point out, about my own personal experiences I am very much a ”know all”.
            May I be so bold as to ask, where do you obtain your information about my past experiences from? I would love to know.
            BTW. No Beer Chang for me, G + T is my tipple.

          • pattayhobo

            Maybe these so called corrupt immigration officials you seem to have a problem with is because of your attitude and probably being a Pom. oh! nice drink too.

        • John

          Came to los for 30 days,arrived at airport nice n early for outbound flight.10pm. Because my flight was at 01:45 on the 31st day I was dragged away like a criminal spoken to very harshly and fined 500baht. That’s land of smiles for you,ripped off at every turn

          • Ken Anderson

            That pretty much mirrors my situation, but the two faced smiling assassin I was met with wanted to do it the unofficial way, tried to intimidate me and said he could smooth everything over for a few 000 bt.
            Having a few days previously clarified the situation with the immigration department I refused to pay anything and after quite a time of further intimidation tactics was let on my way.
            Welcome to the Land Of Scumbag officials.

    • Jack La Motta

      you know too much, you have to go too

  • amazingthailand

    no rules only penalties in los

  • stig arne karlsen

    had 1 day overstay..no fine..just smiling

  • Jack La Motta

    Danny and Pattaya Jack are lying guys and someome told me they are dead men standing

  • Jack La Motta

    Danny and Pat Jack are dead meat hahaha

  • Jack La Motta

    dont be scared, when you hear a bang run and hide!