Don’t overstay!

Starting from March 20th, 2016, a new set of regulations will be enforced concerning foreigners overstaying in Thailand. If you get arrested and they found you overstayed, you will face prosecution and will be banned from re-entering Thailand for a period of 5 years (if you overstayed less than 1 year) or 10 years (if you overstayed more than 1 year). If you surrender to the authorities, you will still be banned from re-entering Thailand (1, 3, 5 or 10 years if you overstayed more than 90 days, 1 year, 3 years or 5 years, respectively).

So, if you are an overstayer, you have less than 2 months to leave the country before the new rules come into effect. You will have to pay a 500 baht fine per day (but not exceeding 20,000 baht) and you won’t be banned from re-entering the Kingdom.

Children are not concerned, as the rules only apply to people aged 18 and above.

For more information please check the Immigration website and their page concerning overstaying.

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