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.



1,195 thoughts on “Advice on Thailand Visa Overstay Regulations”

  1. Good day – Our plane (return ticket) leaves 1 day later than the 60 days we will have a visum for. This means we will be 12 hour passed the 60 days – will this be a big problem?

    All the best from the Netherlands – chock dee krub!

  2. Hi sir, I was wondering. if someone has an overstay of over 8/9 months for no reason. But will go to the airport with the 20,000 and a flight ticket. When I come to immigration will I have any problems leaving the country? Or will I just pay my fine and receive my ban of 3/5 years or whatever and be put on my plane home? Can you reply asap please because will be happening today if is all good 🙂 thank you so much

  3. My two sons stayed one day over on a Thailand trip in July 2019. One was fined and his passport stamped the other was just given a warning. We have booked a family trip for Christmas 2019. Y sons have only just told me about overstaying. Will the be aloud to renter Thailand at Christmas or do you think they will be rejected.
    Thanks for your advice in advance.

  4. Im overstay before surrendering myself to the IDC should i buy a ticket first or how does it work actually and if i have money with me will i get it back when they are sending me back because im confused if i buy a ticket for the next day and or the day after and go then if im not appeared at court what will happen to my ticket anyone who could advise it will be really helpfull . Thank you

    1. If you have the money to pay the overstay fine then it’s better for you to go to the airport and pay the fine, receive any ban that might be applicable, and fly home.

      If you surrender to IDC then you have to wait for a court date. Then recieve a fine and then you have to get a ticket to fly home.

      1. I tried going to the airport because my passport is lost i have made a emergency passport through my embassy but they said still i have to go through IDC even my embassy tells me to go through IDC so i would bring my money and have a friend accompany me to the IDC and have him get the ticket on the date they ask me too because its a first time for me going through all of this how does the process work , and will i be able to use my money to pay the fine or should i ask my friend to come to court and pay it and bring the ticket as well because if its a long process then what should i do i would be out of communication from the world if anything happens how am i suppose to call anyone please brief me thank you i just want to get back to my own country only thats it . And do they return the luggage which u go in with or and the extra money which u bring when you are going back after the process to the flight please let me know thank you appreciate it alot .

  5. I have overstated my visa for more than 5 years can i pay the fine and fly at the airport and, second i have new passport and only copy of the old one with hm i came to Thailand

    1. That depends on how long the overstays were and the reason for them. But it would be very hard to re-enter Thailand if you already had a couple of overstays. Immigration officers might suspect you weren’t a legitimate tourist.

  6. I have overs day 3 months. I book the
    night flight ticket and without oversday money. If I come to IDC will I am allow to fly home. Or more days I have to stay in IDC?

    1. If you go to IDC you will be detained and will have to go to court. You will have to pay a fine. How long you have to stay in detention depends on when the court date is set.

  7. I have a stamp in my passport saying I was convicted of theft and overstay 5 months. Given a 7000 baht fine and 6 months prison time suspended for two years. But no mention of ban or black list. I hope you are aware oof the stamp I mean. Am I banned? If so for how long?

    1. You will have to contact the immigration office that dealt with your case. If you try to enter Thailand again, note that entry is at the discretion of the immigration officer on duty. And visitors with a conviction for theft and also overstaying in Thailand aren’t desirable.

      1. 12.7: Having behavior which would indicated possible danger to the public or likelihood of being a nuisance or constituting any violence to the peace or safety of the public or to the security of the public or to the security of the nation , or being under warrant of arrest by competent officials of foreign governments.

  8. Hello, I will be in Thailand for 36 days over Xmas and New Year. Can I extend my visa or just pay the 3000 baht fine when I leave? If I pay the fine will I also be banned from re-entering?

  9. Hi, would be great if someone could help.
    My visa expires on the 18/12 and my flight is at 5am on the 19/12, my friend booked it without realising. I’ll be flying from Phuket airport do I need to go to the immigration office at the airport and pay a fine or will I be ok to just go through and apologise to the imigration officer?

  10. I have overstayed my tourist visa 7 days cause of taxi accident.can i go to immigration & extend my 30 day tourist visa for another 7 days till walk again.

    1. You should speak to the hospital or doctor where you were treated. If you cannot leave due to medical reasons, they will be able to provide a letter for you to take to immigration.

  11. It seems to me that this is just another way for the Thais to milk more money from the tourists. After a while you begin to ask yourself, “why would anyone even bother coming to Thailand?”

    1. I think every country has rules about how long visitors can stay. The vast majority of people choose to follow the laws of the country they are visiting. Those who don’t can be fined or are banned form re-entering.

  12. hi I over stayed 30 day in Thailand and was arrested at airport and black listed for 5 years can I appeal the length of 5 years thanks

  13. And excuse me sir…I have another question..the ban of enter Thailand will be removed automatically directly after the ban expired?

  14. Hello sir…
    My blacklist will finish in 25 November 2019…and I book my ticket to go Thailand in 26 November…I applied for Visa and hope everything will be ok…but I’m worry…and my question is.:
    The airline can let me boarding if I flight in 26 November?
    As I said i get black list in 25 November 2016 because of overstaying 1 year.. then blacklist will finish in 25 November 2019..

    1. Please not that entry into Thailand isn’t guaranteed. The immigration officer on duty will decide if they should allow you to enter or not. You will have to convince them that you don’t plan to overstay again.

  15. Good morning sir, I was banished on June 7, 2019, so this year, for 1 year because I was in overstay. In older comments I have read that entry after this one year can not be guaranteed. But i’m only banished for a year. Is it actually a risk to buy tickets and book a hotel after this year, when it may be impossible to enter the country? Thank you for an answer.

    1. Yes, it is a risk. If the immigration officer on duty suspects you will overstay again then he can decide not to allow you to enter.

      1. Thank you for your answer. I can understand that the officer may think that I’m doing an overstay again. How can I convince him that I leave the country after 30 days at the latest? If I’m banished for only one year, that means nothing else than that I can enter again afterwards. Otherwise you would have to banish me forever. For me it is also a risk to buy flight tickets. I hope you understand my problem. Have a nice day and greetings.

  16. My partner was arrested in thailand and this resulted in him overstaying his visa. The immigration office is now looking for him to pay for his over stay but he has no money because he has now lost his job due to being arrested and not able to work. Is there anything that can be done?

  17. Hello, I will go from Romania to Phuket with Turkish Airlines (tickets Bucharest-Istambul 23.11.2019 / Istambul-Phuket 08.01.2020). I will go for visa on arrival (VOA) in Phuket what is available 15 days, but after a time I realized that my stay will be about 16 days so I will have a one day overstay. I’m concerned about what some people say, about I can be restricted to board on the flight from Istambul to Phuket. It is someone here who been in that situation and can say how it was and if the rumors are true? I can really be banned to board to Thailand? Thank you so much!

      1. Hello, thank you for your reply. I did it but they said ” Turkish Airlines is not an authorised body to manage such claims.” Maybe is someone who had the same problem and who can tell me if he had any problems to arrive in Thailand. Thanks!

  18. Hello
    I have or had a situation with my Country America where I had to pay some money and I have done so, I have been waiting on my Passport to be released and I still wait. I began this process approx. 5 mos ago. The fees I owed were paid several weeks prior to my Current Passport expiring, allowing plenty of time for them to release my new one. I anticipate the Passport arriving to me in the coming weeks. The process and lethargy of American offices is ridiculous. A very big reason I left there. The only Office that is any good to me is the VA.

    I have been in an “overstay” status not for 42 days. I went into immigration a month prior to the overstay beginning as I knew this day was coming..and I have been in constant communication with them yet they are unable to help me until my Passport arrives.
    I am Married to a Thai here and I love Thailand. Obviously it is the Thai that care about me where as America does not. My Country will discard you as soon as your no longer useful to them.

    How much more time do I have the Embassy will not give me a Letter stating I am waiting on my Passport and will do nothing to help me, all they say to me is I must be prepared to pay the DS 11 fee again..Sigh, America haha
    Mon I will begin to seek a Lawyer as I want to protect myself, my Wifes English is Limited thus a K1 or 6 mos visiting Visa is no good, my Option and desire is to stay here in Thailand. I am writing this for opinion on my situation and if anyone has a recommendation for a Lawyer pls let me know.
    Thank You All

  19. How can I enter the kingdom again if my passport is stamped banned I m not allowed to go to Bangkok , but I want to go coz I love the country.

  20. I have been overstayed 3.5 years in Thailand returned back to Uk in January 2019 I have paid 20000 Bath fine in Bangkok Airport I m willing to visit Bangkok again would it be any problem for me at Airport entry check?
    I never had any ban stamp on my passport

    1. An overstay of over 3 years is an automatic 5 year ban from re-entering Thailand. So I don’t advise trying to enter until that period has expired.

  21. Hello sir,
    I have overstayed 83 days now, and have already booked flight ticked to my country this Saturday, so that would be 88 days in total. But i have already prepared 20000 baht for the fine.
    May i ask where exactly should i pay the fine at the airport? And Would I be banned to entering Thailand for 1 year?
    Thank you so much.

    1. When you get to the immigration counter, the officer will see you have overstay and will take you to the Overstay counter nearby where you can pay the fine. Please note that entry into Thailand is at the discretion of the Immigration officer on duty. It isn’t guaranteed.

  22. In January this year I was on phuket when a tropical storm hit. Planes and boats were not allowed to leave. I ended up paying the fine and apologising upon departure. However, I have just read that as of march 2016 even one day overstay will see me banned for 5 years. Is this correct, as I have a flight booked for next month for a 3 & 1/2 week holiday. When I spoke to the immigration officer he said I would be OK to return, but now I am worried

    Please confirm my status

    1. You won’t have a problem returning.

      There is now an automatic ban for people caught overstaying. But this doesn’t apply to those who are leaving the country & pay the overstay fine at the airport.

  23. i have a 60 day tourist visa, which ends on the 27th october, but my flight back is on the 28th at 1am which is on the 61st day, but i will check in at 10:30 on the 27th, is this a problem?

  24. My visa runs out on 3rd November 2019 which is 3 days before my flight back to the UAE (but I am a UK citizen). What’s the best thing to do?

  25. Hi
    If I have flights booked from say the 1st of February to the 10th of May, and get a 60 day tourists visa with a 30 day extension, would it be ok to pay the fine at the airport for the extra 10 days? Would there be any consequences other than the 500 b a day? thanks.

    1. You can pay the overstay fine when you leave. Bear in mind that overstaying may affect your chances of being allowed into the country in the future.

  26. I have over 3 months overstay. If i book my flights and have the fine money ready to pay at the airport will i be okay and be allowed to fly home?

    1. Yes, you shouldn’t have any problems if you have a ticket back to your own country and 20,000 Baht to pay the overstay fine.

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