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. Although entering Visa Exempt is still barred, the Single Entry Tourist Visa is now available as are Non-Immigrant Visas. However, for entry, you will need a Certificate for Entry from a Thai Embassy or Consulate.
The requirements may vary depending on the Embassy/Consulate, but all appear to require in addition to the Visa:
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.
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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.
PENALTIES FOR OVERSTAY
Do not overstay the admitted until date stamped into your passport by Thai Immigration.
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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.
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.
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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