Changes to the overstay rules for Thai Visa holders - March 2016

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Changes to the overstay rules for Thai Visa holders – March 2016

As of March 20th, 2016 any foreigner who overstays their visa in the Kingdom of Tahiland for a period of more than 90 days will be banned from re-entering the Kingdom.

This rule change is being brought about as part of the “Good guys in, Bad guys out” initiative by Thai immigration.

Pol Lt.Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn, Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau stated that “In the case of foreigners surrendering to the authorities the period of banning from the country will be one year for aliens who have overstayed for more than 90 days but less than one year.

Foreigners how have overstayed more than one year but less than three years will be banned for three years and anyone overstaying more than 3 years but less than 5 years will be banned for five years.

Anyone who has overstayed for more than 5 years will be banned from re-entering the country for a period of no less than 10 years. These periods apply to foreigners who surrender themselves to the authorities.

In the case of aliens being arrested and prosecuted, anyone who has overstayed for less than one year will be banned from Thailand for 5 years and anyone who has overstayed for more than one year will be banned for 10 years.

These rules are being enforced now!

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