Penalties of overstaying

What happens if your visa expires and you overstay for a long time? I know the maximum fine is 20,000 baht, but could there be other consequences?

  • Asked on Tuesday, January 16, 2001 | 05:57 AM
    Marky, Germany

The law states that any foreigner who illegally enters or stays in Thailand shall be punished with up to two years’ imprisonment or fined up to 20,000 baht, or both. However, it is common practice to impose only a fine for those who volunteer to immigration officials that they have overstayed. On the other hand, any person arrested by any law enforcement officer and charged with overstaying will be liable for imprisonment of up to two years, or a fine of up to 20,000 baht, or both, after which he or she will be deported. If immigration officials find that a foreigner leaving the country has overstayed, the foreigner is usually leave Thailand after paying a fine, which will not exceed 20,000 baht. Such people should note, however, that the Immigration Bureau of the Royal Thai Police keeps records of people who abuse their visa privileges, and these records will have a bearing on any subsequent visa application.

  • Answered on Tuesday, January 16, 2001 | 05:57 AM
    Pol Lt Col Paisan Deedoykhar, Inspector, Phuket Immigration Police
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