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.

 

 

1,013 thoughts on “Advice on Thailand Visa Overstay Regulations”

  1. Hello My husband lost his passport in November 2018 and he got a police report. He was on a non O visa from my visa non b. My visa was renewed in February 2019 while he was still waiting for his new passport. We only got the passport back in July 8th when I personnally went to Malaysia to collect it. When we went to immigration with his new passport, they told us that he is overstayed and that he needs to leave Thailand. Please advise what we can do as we didnt have embassy in Thailand and had to wait for new passport from Malaysia.

  2. Hello! I am from Kazakhstan. My flight is on the 16th day of my arrival to Thailand, it’s at 1.20 am so I don’t leave the country before 00.00
    Will it be okay? Or is there a possibility of being arrested?

    1. Don’t worry Baknur. You won’t have any problems. 80 minutes overstay isn’t a problem. And you will probably go through Immigration before midnight and that is when you are officially stamped out of Thailand – not your flight time.

  3. What if a person overstayed, but he/she didnt know the rules as not been exposed before. Is there any ways to make an appeal in order to reduce the amount of fine?

    1. It is your responsibility to know the rules. When you enter the country your passport is stamped with the date you must leave by.

  4. I have non-b visa. I renew it every year (including every 3 month trip out of the contry). My son 3 years old and he has no visa (we’ve been told that it is not necessary). Can we fly domestic flights through Thailand with my baby’s overstay or there will be problems in airport?

  5. If one of my parents has over stayed in Thailand and is still over staying in thailand till today, will it effect me when i apply a visa for thailand? I have a clean record and no over stays. does a parents over staying in thailand effect their children when getting a thai visa?

    1. I have a question. I had an overstay of 2 years in Bangkok and had paid the fine. But I received a ban of 3 years. Now the ban is over so can I visit Bangkok now?

      1. Entry into Thailand is at the discretion of the Immigration officer on duty. You will have to satisfy them that you’re visiting as a genuine tourist.

        1. I have a question. I am overstay in thailand almost 1.5 year already. Now when I have some money I booked my ticket already today is 17 July and my flight is 19 july in the morning 9:30.
          I have only 7000 baht for pay fine. I need help what should I do? Do I go IDC tomorrow 18 July or what I should do?

          1. The fine will be 20000 Baht. If you can’t pay it, you will have to go to IDC, then go to court. Then stay in jail until you have the money to pay the fine and buy a new ticket to your home country.

  6. Hi, I am a Thai and British national. I entered Thailand on my British passport and overstayed 1 year. I have a flight to England booked and have the 20,000 baht fine ready to pay. Can I pay the fine at the airport and leave the same day or will I be held and miss my flight? Many thanks, J

    1. You pay the fine at Immigration when you are leaving Thailand. Check in, go through security, wueue up as normal. When it is your turn, tell the officer you have an overstay. He will take you to the nearby overstay desk where you can pay the fine.

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