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  • The cost of overstaying your Thai visa

    The Cost of Overstaying Your Thai Visa

    How can I clear my Visa overstay case

    Overstaying is technically illegal, but it is not a major criminal offence in Thailand. Although in some cases it can be far more serious than you would like to think.

    In most minor cases you pay your fine at the airport or the point of exit from Thailand.

    The penalty is prison if you are caught by an immigration officer and in some cases even jailed fined & deported from Thailand.

    However, in most cases the Immigration office in Thailand allows those who have a visa overstay to pay the fine.

    After that, you can go back to your normal life and stay in the country as long as you have the correct visa.

    How much will I pay for overstaying?

    That depends on the number of days you overstayed in Thailand. Because the minimum fine is 500 baht per day and the maximum is 20,000 baht if you overstayed for 40 or more days.

    Visitors should always contact immigration for advice on the best course of action.

    Thailand’s Overstay Rules

    These rules apply to the Alien giving himself up at immigration and are as follows :

    • Overstay more than 90 Days – 1-year ban from Thailand
    • Present for more than 1 Year  – 3-year ban from Thailand
    • Overstay more than 3 Years – 5-year ban from Thailand
    • Living without Visa more than 5 Years – 10-year ban from Thailand

    Arrested & Found To Be On Overstay – Apprehended

    • Expired Visa less than 1 Year – 5-year ban from Thailand
    • Overstay more than 1 Year – 10-year ban from Thailand

    I Have Overstayed My Visa In Thailand

    Respect the Immigration rules in Thailand & you will have no issues at all – expect further announcements.

    From 2016 stiffer penalties for anybody caught with an overstay in Thailand are to be introduced as announced in the Bangkok Post.

    Because new and tougher penalties for visa overstays have been approved by the Interior Ministry. They will now be considered by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

    Under the rules announced these include offenders who turn themselves in will be banned for 1 year if the illegal stay is over 90 days.

    The ban is extended to 3 years if the overstay is over 1 year, for those who can’t pay the fine they will be imprisoned this is equal to 200 baht per day.

    Anybody arrested will be banned for 5 years if the visa overstay in Thailand is under 1 year, anything over this amount is a 10-year ban from the kingdom.

    Avoidance is a Better Option

    The best solution is to avoid getting yourself in that situation. When you enter Thailand, check the stamps on your passport before leaving the airport.

    Doing so will keep you away from headaches and costs in the future.

    In many cases you exit the country & pay the fine, in some cases, this can be more severe.

    Never overstay your visa and in ALL cases it is avoidable.

    It is better to respect the visas & immigration laws of the Kingdom Of Thailand.

    Disclaimer – this page is for information purposes only & we have absolutely no influence with any immigration matter, we are not affiliated to Thai immigration.

  • New arrests of criminals hiding in Thailand.

    There are 2 new arrests made by the Immigration Police related to criminals hiding in Thailand. The first arrest is of a Burmese man with an arrest warrant out in his name in Myanmar. While the second arrest is of a Chinese man with a fraud case attached to him including damages of over 85 Million THB.

    The Immigration Police was informed of Soe Htun, a man with an arrest warrant out in his name in Myanmar. Officials traced back his travels and didn’t find any information coming in or leaving Thailand since 2017. The investigation discovered security camera footage that showed Soe at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. Officials believe that he entered the country illegally. New information showed that Soe had checked into a hotel in Phranakorn, Bangkok. The police found him as planned and the arrest was made.

    The next case is the arrest of a Chinese man who had overstayed his Visa in Thailand. Chen Ying 45 years old is on the escape from a bank fraud case with criminal charges in China. Back in 2013, Chen handed in fake contracts, fake financial credits, and other fake documents to a bank in China as he was applying for a loan. His acts caused damages of over 85 Million THB.

    Chen left China on 27 March 2014. Chinese officials put out an arrest warrant on charges of fraud for Chen on 23 August 2017. Officials discovered that Chen had history showing that he had been hiding in Chonburi Province and had overstayed his Visa. Chen came into Thailand on a tourist Visa TR-15 on 28 March 2014.

    The Visa expired on 11 April 2014, Chen extended his Visa at the Samut Prakan Immigration Office under medical reasons that allowed him to stay in the Kingdom for another 90 days, 8 July 2014. This was his last extension to stay in Thailand.

    Credit: INN News
    Credit: INN News

    Chen was arrested in Bang Lamung District, Chonburi Province and was sent to the Bang Lamung Police for prosecution.

    FB Caption: He had caused over 85 Million THB of damages to a bank back in his country.


  • American arrested hiding in Thailand wanted by Homeland Security

    The Immigration Police are responsible for foreigners residing in Thailand, especially those hiding from illegal charges in their countries, and even worse those using Thailand as a base to their illegal activities. The Immigration Police reported on 23 September 2019 of an American man hiding in Thailand. Officials were contacted from the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) under emergency circumstances of an International Criminal named Derick.

    Derick had committed serious crimes in Virginia and North Carolina. Some of his charges include owning explosives, robbery, breaking and entering, contempt of court, obstruction of justice,  bomb threats, DUI charges, dealing marijuana, possession of weapons, pickpocketing, and multiple cases of theft.

    The Virginia Court has issued an arrest warrant in his name under charges of marijuana sales and the possession of deadly weapons. In September 2019, the US heard the news that Derick has traveled into Thailand since September of 2014. He had a Visa allowing him to remain in the Kingdom until 19 October 2014, but there is no information of an extension of stay or information of Derick leaving the country.

    Officials sent the information to HSI in the U.S. Embassy in Thailand, revealing that Derick is a wanted man with many criminal charges against him. He is an extremely dangerous individual to society and the Kingdom. The Immigration Police has been working with HSI, investigation results lead to information that Derick is hiding in Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.

    The Prachuap Khiri Khan Immigration Police were notified of the news leading to the successful arrest of Derick. The Biometrics system helped greatly in tracking Derick down. Now in Thailand, International criminals like Derick will have a much harder time if they decide to come into Thailand specifically to hide from their crimes believing that they can start over and become a nobody even after hurting so many people.

    Credit: Thai Immigration
    Credit: Thai Immigration

    FB Caption: Some of Derick charges include owning explosives, robbery, breaking and entering, contempt of court, obstruction of justice,  bomb threats, DUI charges, dealing marijuana, possession of weapons, pickpocketing, and multiple cases of theft.




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