As reported earlier this week, Thai immigration have recently warned they would start enforcing new overstay rules in just a bit over two months. The strict new rules will take effect on March 20, 2016, and allow for visa overstayers to be blacklisted and banned from re-entering the kingdom for 1-10 years.
Thai immigration have now also updated their website and added a new visa advice page where the penalties for overstayers are explained in more detail.
Under the slogan “Good guys in, Bad guys out”, foreigners who have already overstayed their visa beyond the permitted date (“exit before”) indicated in their passport are being warned to leave the country a.s.a.p. and report themselves at a border checkpoint before the new rules take effect.
Currently, overstayers simply pay a fine of 500 Baht/day, however not exceeding 20,000 Baht in total, and may return to the country immediately.
Starting from March 20 – depending on the length of their overstay – offenders may be put on an immigration blacklist, effectively banning them from re-entering the kingdom for a period of 1-10 years.
If this shouldn’t be sufficiently clear, creative minds at the immigration bureau have also produced a cartoon clip apparently aimed at dummies, fully detailing the penalties for overstayers.
It’s funny in more ways than one.
Do you recognize yourself in the above clip? If the answer is “yes” please get yourself an air ticket a.s.a.p., head straight for Suvarnabhumi Airport and clear your overstay by just paying the regular fine while you still can.