Detailed information on how to extend your Thailand visa and visa exemption at Thailand immigration. Bangkok’s immigration address with a detailed map can be found below.
When you arrive at the airport in Thailand you are given a 30 day visa exemption stamp on your passport. Providing of course you have met all the entry requirements. Immigration will staple your card that you filled out while on your flight, inside your passport and it’s important that you leave it there.
To see if your country is one of 52 countries that qualifies for a 30 day visa exemption check out this page from The Royal Thai Embassy.
You can extend this by another 30 days at any immigration office in Thailand and it will cost you 1900 baht. If want to get a single entry tourist visa while you are in Thailand see here for info on How To Do A Thai Visa Run.
If you pre obtained a single entry tourist visa that says it’s valid for 60 days, you can also extend that for an additional 30 days.
Basically you can arrive in Thailand, get a 30 day visa exemption stamp and extend it for 30 days. Then, within the last week before your extension expires, you can get a single entry tourist visa that is valid for 60 days and extend that too for a total of 150 days in Thailand!
How to go about getting your one month extension is explained below in detail.
When you arrive in Thailand and continue through to immigration it is always a good idea to have your printed out departure flight and any hotel reservations handy and in your carry on bags.
There is a very good chance that an immigration officer will ask to see both of them and you will not see your check in bags again until after you have passed through immigration.
If you cannot produce them for an immigration officer to see there is a possibility that they will not allow you to enter the country. There is also a chance that they will ask to see that you are in possession of at least 10,000 baht (20,000 baht per family) or the equivalent in your home currency. They do not normally ask to see 10,000 baht but they can, and if you can’t produce it they have the option to not allow your entry into Thailand.
How to Get To Immigration in Bangkok
Important to note that when you get a visa or visa exempt extension it comes into effect the day your existing one expires… not the day that you do it. People sometimes wait until the last-minute to get an extension because they assume that it comes into effect the day that they do it and this is not a good idea. Immigration may be very busy that day as well as any other unforseen circumstances so the best time to do it is sometime within the last week before your existing visa or visa exemption expires.
Do not let it expire as overstaying is taken very seriously and you could very well find yourself in detention. At the very least you will be charged 500 baht for every day overstayed to a maximum of 20,000 baht.
You will want to do this in the morning as it can take some time. Especially if you plan to do it in Bangkok. The immigration office in Bangkok is not very easy to get to. Most people will take the BTS to Mo Chit Station and get a taxi from there to the Government Complex where the immigration office is found.
The procedure to get an extension is basically the same at every immigration office throughout Thailand.
Bangkok Immigration Address
– The Govenment Complex, B Building, Floor 2 (South Zone)
Chaengwattana Road (Soi 7), Laksi, Bangkok 10210
Open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. They close at lunch time from 12 – 1 so if you’re there during lunch you will have to wait outside the office. There is a large waiting area with seats right outside the office door and lots of great places in the same building to get yourself some lunch too.
The Government Complex area is huge and, believe it or not, even with an address in hand most taxi drivers will have a difficult time trying to find it let alone the actual building that immigration is in.
Here are the steps and you will need to bring the following…
- 1900 baht
- Your passport with 6 months validity remaining on it and 2 blank pages.
- 2 passport photos. Most if not all immigration offices in Thailand have a photo/print shop nearby or right next door that will do up your passport photos and photocopies for a reasonable price. They know exactly what you need and how the photos are to be presented. At the immigration office in Bangkok there are one or two on the main floor of the building. In Pattaya (immigration office is in Jomtien) there is one right next door.
- Photocopies of your main passport page and the page with your valid visa exemption stamp. See above.
- When you arrive at the immigration office you will be given all the forms that you need to fill out. Once you have filled out the forms you will be able to see an immigration officer that will want to quickly inspect them to make sure that you have everything filled out correctly and you will be given a number. Take a seat.. this sometimes takes a while.
- When your number is called you will then hand your documents in along with your passport and the 1900 baht fee and you will then be sent back into the que. Might want to take a seat again…
- When your number is called you should then receive your passport along with your new 30 day extension stamp!