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 been relaxed for certain categories, but restrictions apply. More information is included in the pages in this section.
These pages should assist those wanting to visit or live in Pattaya with complying with Thai visa and immigration requirements. 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 email@example.com.
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.
ENTRY INTO THAILAND
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.
No Visa Exempt, Tourist, or Retiree
PENALTIES FOR OVERSTAY
Do not overstay the admitted until date stamped into your passport by Thai Immigration.
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.
Since April 2020, because of COVID-19 restrictions imposed by Thailand and many countries, foreigners in Thailand whose permission to stay expires after March 26, 2020, were granted amnesty which will now expire on September 26, 2020. At which time they must leave Thailand or apply for an extension of stay at their local Immigration Office.
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EXTENDING YOUR PERMITTED STAY IN THAILAND
The initial period of stay provided by Thai Immigration upon entry can be extended depending on the type of entry.
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.
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[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.
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.
Thai Immigration requires the address where a foreigner is staying be reported.
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.
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