OVERSTAYING VISA IN THAILAND
Replies: 68 - Last Post: Dec 16, 2009 7:34 PM Last Post By: davelliot
Oct 10, 2009 9:57 PM
OVERSTAYING VISA IN THAILANDhi there, i have just realised that i will be in thailand for 33 days on a 30 day visa.
i only have a couple of weeks left and am not really too keen on a visa run to another country.
i believe the fine is 500 baht per day for overstaying which i am happy to pay but i just dont want any grief at the airport. is this a straight forward process (do i have to allow a lot of time) or is there any way of doing it before?
Oct 10, 2009 10:39 PM
1It is not a problem at the airport
But do not get caught before getting there as you will end up in immigration jail for a week to 2 weeks, go to court and get deported
Legally you should get an extension before you reach overstay, from an immigration office.
If you have a 30 day visa waiver stamp then you can get a 7 day extension and I think the cost is 1900Baht
Oct 10, 2009 10:43 PM
Oct 10, 2009 11:21 PM
Oct 11, 2009 3:52 AM
4#2 going to immigration with an expired visa will not land you in jail, they will simply extend your visa, and possibly calculate you the fine.
OP, not sure if you are in Thailand already, if so get an extension, if not, get a visa, as the airline might deny to board you.
Oct 11, 2009 6:50 AM
Oct 12, 2009 6:12 PM
6Wheteher police would take interest in tourist overstaying depends on the person and circumstances. Many posters say that police will arrest you if caught before . But when asked to provide details posters refer to an incident about a visa run bus near Ranong , and its just second hand info from newspaper . Other times when posters have quoted cases of someone being jalied it turned out there were other factors involved . The whole thing is grey area.
In cases of lengthy overstay , going to immigration could land you in jail . In one case of of Australian who was months over he asked his embassy for advice , -they told him -"don't go to immigration , they will put you in jail " , the embassy later negotiated with immigration a compromise that he could pay fine and be allowed to go . I also know of an American who had overstayed for months going to immigration and being taken straight way to detention cells.
Oct 12, 2009 6:33 PM
Oct 12, 2009 6:35 PM
Oct 13, 2009 12:58 AM
Oct 13, 2009 1:10 AM
10These posts about overstay always tend to polarize people:-)
An overstay is an overstay... It's like pregnancy.. you either are.. or your aren't. If you are happy to wear the consequence.. go for it.
If you are the type of person who prefers to do things the legal way... get the proper visa.. the proper visa extension.. or whatever it takes ... and enjoy the peace of mind that goes with it.
Oct 13, 2009 2:07 AM
11"Actually you're right. All you halfwits who have overstayed: PLEASE REPORT TO THE NEAREST IMMIGRATION OFFICE POST HASTE FOR KIND, COURTEOUS TREATMENT OF OVERSTAY PROBLEM. "
Many have done so, and certainly for a few days overstay have not been thrown in Jail. Ridiculous statement.
If you have a serious overstay, the advice given is usually to go to immigration with the help of a lawer 20.000 baht and a ticket out, and many people have done so, witouth being thrown in Jail.
You are dealing with the problem, by going (voluntairely) to immigration. Now if you get caught by police, then you have a much better chance of ending up in jail.
Oct 13, 2009 5:50 AM
12All I can say is that I used to do the Cambodian visa run a lot in the past and more than once I had my passport inspected at the military checkpoint before you reach Aranyaprathet.
Wasn't there some big story a few years back where a whole bus full of overstayers from Pattaya ended up being put in jail on the way to the border to renew their visas?
Oct 13, 2009 9:47 AM
Oct 13, 2009 10:53 AM
14More or less, you need to actually enter Cambodia before you come back. This involves a 20 USD visa on arrival. But if you go once your visa is still valid, you will not pay an overstay fine, and will get 15 days on entry.
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