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You may find yourself overstaying in Thailand for a number of reasons. But it is illegal, therefore if you find yourself in this situation, let us help you find the best solutions.
What is Visa Overstaying?
Overstaying occurs when a visitor stays in Thailand for a period longer than what their visa or entry stamp allows. It is your duty to make sure you do not overstay your visit to Thailand.
Overstaying your visa is against the Thai law and you will be fined if you overstay for a short period of time. Overstaying for more than 90 days, on the other hand, is a serious offence that can result in your deportation from Thailand and possibly a lifetime ban from returning. The duration of the ban is determined by how long you have been in violation of your visa.
What Will Happen If You Overstay Your Visa?
Overstaying your visa is illegal, here’s what will happen if you overstay your visa.
Face a Fine
If you’re caught overstaying in Thailand, you will be fined 500 baht/per day. The maximum penalty is 20,000 baht (when overstaying for 40 or more days).
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Detainment and Imprisonment
Even if you’re overstaying by just one day, you can face detainment and imprisonment if you’re caught by the immigration police.
Deportation and Ban From Entering Thailand
Overstaying for 90 or more days is a serious offence. You could face deportation and/or a ban from entering the country.
What Are the Penalties of Overstaying in Thailand If I turn myself in?
If you overstay your visa in Thailand, you will face the following penalties. The penalty varies depending on how long you stayed over. If you turn yourself to the immigration police, you will face the following penalties.
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Visa Overstaying Rules
You should never overstay your visa in Thailand. Me sure to look at either the duration of your stamp permit or your unique visa to see what date you are expected to leave the country.
Overstaying your welcome in Thailand could get you into serious trouble. Below are the guidelines for visa overstaying
There is a 500 THB penalty a day for foreigners who overstayed their welcome.
The fine is now followed by an entry ban for serious offenders, and you could get a ban for as long as 10 years as of March 2016.
- 500 THB penalty per day.
- Entry ban for serious offenders.
- Ban for as long as 10 years.
If you overstay and turn yourself in while staying for more than 90 days, you will be banned for one year.
If you stay for more than three years, you will be banned for five years. And last but not the least, if you stay for more than five years, you will be banned for 10 years. However, if you don’t turn yourself in and you get caught, you can get serious punishment even if you’re only overstaying for a day.
- Banned for one year if you turn yourself in while overstaying for more than 90 days.
- 3 years overstay will be banned for 5 years.
- 5 years overstay will be banned for 10 years.
You’re going to get a blacklist stamp on your passport. The stamp will label you as an “undesirable alien”. It could make travelling and obtaining entry to other countries much harder in the future.
- You’ll get a blacklist stamp on your passport.
- It’ll be harder for you to enter other countries, not just Thailaind, in the future.
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What If You Get Caught While Overstaying?
You should resolve the issue as soon as possible, make sure not to get caught, surrender yourself at airport immigration, and leave Thailand immediately if you overstay your visa in Thailand. If you get arrested while overstaying, you could face more severe punishments.
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Things to Do if You Overstay Your Thai Visa
If you do find yourself overstaying in Thailand you should try to resolve the issues as soon as possible. Below are things you can do if you happen to overstay your visa.
Overstaying for Two to Three Days
If you are only staying in Thailand for two or three days and are about to leave via an international airport, you should be fine to leave as usual, as long as you avoid any confrontations with Thai authorities or police checks. When you arrive at immigration, you will be asked to pay a minimal fine of 500 baht for each day you have overstayed, which can be settled in less than 10 minutes with no further consequences.
Overstayed for a Few Days and Have Several Days Before Leaving
If you are overstaying in Thailand by a few days but still have a few days before leaving, your best bet is to go to the nearest Thai immigration office and clarify your situation, as well as pay the requisite fines. It’s possible that you’ll be able to apply for a visa extension to cover the remainder of your stay.
Overstayed for Over a Week
If you find yourself in Thailand for more than a week, you are advised to leave as soon as possible, making sure not to get caught outside of the airport and getting the necessary fine ready in cash.
Overstayed for More Than 90 Days
If you find yourself in Thailand after overstaying for more than 90 days, you should obtain legal advice immediately and plan to leave the country as soon as possible, or risk being barred from returning for a specified period of time.
Long Period Overstay and Turning Yourself In
In this case, you will have to go before a judge in court. The overstay fine is generally waived and a smaller fine levied in its place. You will then be processed at the Immigration Detention Center (IDC) before you can book a direct flight ticket back to your own country.
Visa Renewal/Visa Extension
If you want to stay in Thailand longer than the expiration date of your entry stamp, you need to renew or extend it. The allowed duration of extension depends on how you enter the country and the type of visa you obtain.
We understand how time-consuming and difficult visa renewal/extension can be, and that you might not want to deal with complex authorities in Thailand. That’s why we’re are here ready to help you with any visa complications.
Frequently Asked Questions About Visa Overstaying
If you overstay your visa for less than 180 days, you are not exempted from re-entry at a later date. you will also be fully able to apply for another visa. However, if you are overstaying for more than 180days there will be penalties to follow.
If an individual wishes to remain in Thailand for more than 30 days, he/she may wish to obtain a tourist visa at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in the United States, prior to arriving in Thailand. The tourist visa must generally be used within 90 days from the date of issue and allows an initial stay of 60 days.
Once the expiration date of your permitted stay has passed, you will have no actual immigration status.
A nonimmigrant can learn whether they overstayed by looking at the information on their “Arrival/Departure” Record.
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