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All foreigners visiting in Thailand will have dealings with Thai Immigration. For some, it will only be the Immigration checkpoint when entering or leaving Thailand. For others, it will be dealing with their local Immigration Office.


In April 2020, foreigners were barred from entry into Thailand. These rules have now been relaxed but all entrants foreign or Thai must have a Certificate of Entry (COE).

The COE will be from issued by  a Thai Embassy or Consulate regardless of basis for entry - See Entering Thailand Section below. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has established an online application for everyone to use - Click Here.  The online application will go to the Thai Embassy or Consulate for your location will require submission of supporting documents and will issue the COE. Documents required may vary depending on the Embassy/Consulate, but all appear to require in addition to the Visa:

  • Health insurance policy with coverage including COVID-related treatment in Thailand in the amount no less than US$100,000 for the period of stay. 
  • Hotel booking for Alternative State Quarantine [All entrants are required to be in quarantine for a specified period. As of 1 April 2021, the period will depend on country of origin and whether the entrant has been or has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

All foreign travelers who have received the certificate of entry to Thailand are required to download a new application, called "ThailandPlus,” before they arrive in the country.

ThailandPlus will link to information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, regarding the certificate of entry of the arriving foreign tourists, for screening and tracing, from their arrival in Thailand. It is similar to a GPS system, as officials will know the whereabouts of the tourists during their stay in Thailand. In case any of them are found to have contracted COVID-19, action can be taken immediately to prevent the transmission of the disease.

These pages should assist those wanting to visit or live in Thailand with complying with Thai visa and immigration requirements. Although the Rules are the same, each Immigration Office interprets them in their own way and procedures & documents can differ among them. See "More Information" below.

Although Thailand Immigration has been noted for sometimes making changes without notice, the information presented is current to the best of our knowledge.

If you should encounter something different or find a broken link, please email us at info@pcec.club.

Overall Immigration requirements are contained in the Immigration Act of 2522. Rules for the issuance of Visas to enter Thailand by Thai Embassies and Consulates are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Rules for actually entering and remaining in Thailand are issued by the Immigration Bureau of the Royal Thai Police.


The type of entry will determine the period Thai Immigration will allow you to stay in Thailand – Visa Exempt, Visa on Arrival, Tourist Visa, and Non-Immigrant Visa.

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Entering Thailand


Do not overstay the admitted until date stamped into your passport by Thai Immigration.

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Overstay Penalties

To do so is a criminal offense subject to fine and deportation. Also, depending on the length of overstay, you can be banned from entering Thailand for a period of time.


The initial period of stay provided by Thai Immigration upon entry can be extended depending on the type of entry.

  •  It can be done one time for 30 days for Visa Exempt or Tourist Visa entry.
  • It can be done for 60 days if married to a Thai Citizen.
  • It can be done for up to one-year for most holders of a Non-Immigrant Visa.
    • Qualifying for the extension as well as the documents required will depend on the purpose of the extension.
    • Immigration Offices within Thailand follow rules issued by the Immigration Bureau, but what is specifically required to support the application may differ between the various Offices.

The most common purposes for extension are: (1) retirement, (2) married or related to a Thai, (3) Education, (4) Business, or (5) being a Thai National or Parents were/are Thai Nationals.

Click the button below for more information about these common purposes:

[NOTE: The General Rules apply to all, but each Immigration Office will have their own requirements as to the documents needed.  For documents and process, we include only those required by Chonburi (Pattaya) Immigration.

Extending Stay


If you wish to leave Thailand, but need to keep your latest permission to stay in effect, you may need to obtain a Re-Entry Permit from Thai Immigration. Re-Entry Permits can be for single or multiple entry and will expire on the date of your latest permission to stay.

Click the button below for information on whether you need a Re-Entry Permit and how to obtain it.

Re-Entry Permit


Thai Immigration requires the address where a foreigner is staying be reported.

  • The address of foreigners must be reported to Immigration within 24 hours of arrival - who is required to report depends on type of accommodation. (Form TM.30)

  • All foreigners staying in Thailand more than 90 consecutive days must report their address. (Form TM.47)

  • If there is a permanent change of address, it must be reported to Immigration (Form TM.27)

Click the button below for information on whether you need to report your residence address, where to report, and how often.

Address Reporting

Chonburi Immigration Office

Thai Immigration Offices have their own procedures which differ from other Immigration Offices. Also, Immigration Officers may ask for more documentation or impose additional requirements.

The Club's information in these Thai Immigration pages are based on Immigration rules and Expat reports at the Chonburi (Pattaya) Immigration Office when they represent apparent policy.

However, sometimes, these reports indicate requirements that are not consistently applied, but may be encountered or other information that may be of interest.  Click here for the latest information from these reports.

Click here for location map for Chonburi (Pattaya) Immigration Office.

Online Queue System

Several Immigration Offices have adopted an Online Queue System using either an iPhone (App Store) or an Android phone (Google Play Store) that can be downloaded to your Smart Phone. The App QueQ is a platform for many queue systems, so you will need to locate the one for the Immigration Office you will visit.

The system lets you set an appointment time and date for the Immigration service you want. Select Chonburi Immigration for the Office located on Pattaya’s Jomtien Soi 5.  It allows you to bypass the front desk where you normally would line up to get a queue number and go the directly to the desk providing the service you need.

 When your number is called, show the display from your phone of your queue number.  If you make the appointment at the time you arrive at Immigration, it should also show the number that precedes yours under “Wait.”  But, you can also make before you leave for Immigration or a day or few before. Note the remarks section. If you are not present when your queue number is called, you can be skipped and thus have to obtain a new queue number upon arrival at Jomtien Immigration.


Example of the Queue Ticket when making the appointment on the day of arrival at Chonburi Immigration.

Example of the Queue Ticket when making the appointment om advance.

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