January 25, 2021
Thailand Elite Member Announcement
Member Stay Extension Warning
One-year Thailand Entry Ban for Over 90 Days Late Stay Extension
Under the Thai government's visa waiver program which allowed foreigners to stay in the Kingdom of Thailand–conditional on their previous stay privilege or permission–for the period from March 26 until October 31, 2020 without the need to apply for a visa extension at the Immigration Office, we have discovered that, since November 1 until the present, there have been reports of late submission by our Thailand Elite members for our visa extension service, which has led to many cases of overstays by our members.
This is to inform you that our Thailand Elite members whose visa expired during the exempted period and who failed to apply for a stay extension at the Immigration Office within a specified time limit will be subjected to an at least one-year ban from entering the Kingdom of Thailand and a fine according to the prescribed overstay penalties. The maximum fine of 20,000 baht will be applied to members whose visa has not been extended since November 1, which was overdue the allowed stay extension period; and members who remain in the Kingdom beyond January 29, 2021 will be forced to leave the country and be banned from entry for at least one year.
To be barred from the abovementioned avoidable fine and entry ban, Thailand Elite highly advises our members to constantly be reminded of your permitted length of stay in your passport and proceed with your stay extension application immediately once due.
Thailand Overstay Regulations for Thailand Elite Members
1. Members on a Special Entry Visa (SE) will be granted a 90-day extension for each application.
2. Members on a Privilege Entry Visa (PE) will be granted a 1-year extension for each application.
According to order, No. 1/2558, dated November 27th, B.E. 2558 (2015), by The Minister of the Interior regarding classes of foreigners ineligible for entry to the Kingdom of Thailand, which was promulgated in the Royal Thai Government Gazette with immediate effect on March 20th, B.E. 2559 (2016) at 00.01 a.m. local time, the following are the advisable and required practice and regulations to be complied with by foreigners seeking a stay in the Kingdom of Thailand.
1.Once arrived in the Kingdom of Thailand, a foreigner shall not stay in the Kingdom longer than the period of a stay permit.
2. A foreigner who overstayed in the Kingdom of Thailand before the order’s date of enforcement of March 20th, B.E. 2559 (2016) can surrender to the authorities at the immigration checkpoints before being allowed to leave the Kingdom and pays a fine of 500/day, but not exceeding 20,000 baht.
3. In the event that a foreigner overstayed in the Kingdom of Thailand and failed to leave the country before the order’s date of enforcement of March 20th, B.E. 2559 (2016), the foreigner will face a fine of 500 baht/day, but not exceeding 20,000 baht, and will be banned from re-entering the Kingdom of Thailand for the respective period as follows:
In case of a surrender to immigration authorities
3.1 An overstay of more than 90 days, a foreigner will be banned from re-entering the Kingdom for 1 year, starting from the date of departure.
In case of being arrested or prosecuted
For further information on overstay regulations, please visit: www.immigration.go.th
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