Overstay & Blacklist

Visa Overstay And Blacklist

Overstaying one's visa in Thailand is not an uncommon occurrence, with many foreigners finding themselves in this situation for a variety of reasons. Regardless of the explanations provided to Immigration Officers, fines for overstaying are inevitable. Individuals who have overstayed their welcome in Thailand typically face two options:
- Voluntarily approach Thai authorities, confess to the overstay, and pay any applicable fines or penalties.
- If caught overstaying without having reported themselves, overstayers are subject to arrest and prosecution.

Thailand is known for its considerate stance on Immigration Rules and Regulations. Nevertheless, the enforcement of these laws by Thai Immigration Control is stringent, particularly regarding visa overstays, which are treated as serious offenses with significant consequences. Thai immigration officials understand that overstays can occur unintentionally and are often beyond one's control.

In this discussion, we will cover essential actions and information required for those who have overstayed their visa in Thailand. Juslaws & Consult is here to assist in navigating the complexities of Thai Immigration laws. Our firm offers expert legal advice and support for foreigners facing overstay issues in Thailand. Whether you're dealing with fines, seeking to regularize your status, or facing legal proceedings, Juslaws & Consult provides comprehensive guidance to ensure your situation is handled with the utmost care and professionalism. Our goal is to safeguard your rights and facilitate a resolution in accordance with Thai law.

Overstay Clearance in Thailand

If a foreigner remains in Thailand beyond the expiration date noted in their passport or visa, they are considered to have "overstayed" and are thus in the country illegally. The process of Visa Overstay Clearance requires that the individual pay a fine or overstay fee to the Thai Immigration Department upon departure from Thailand.

At Juslaws & Consult, we emphasize the importance of adhering to the legal entry and exit requirements set forth by Thai Immigration laws. Overstaying your visa can have serious implications, including fines, detention, and potential bans from re-entering Thailand. It is crucial to be aware of the expiration dates on your visa and passport and to take timely action to either extend your visa or leave the country before these dates are reached.

Serious Overstay Rules

If your overstay in Thailand is minimal, such as only a few hours or an unintentional overstay of 2 to 5 days, the situation is generally manageable. In such cases, you can resolve the issue by paying the overstay fines directly at the immigration checkpoint at the airport.

However, for those who have significantly overstayed their visa (90 days or more), the consequences become more severe. If you are apprehended by the police while attempting to cross a land border or while en route to or present at an international airport, you will most likely be prosecuted and taken to the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC).


Deportation involves the process of sending foreigners, who have overstayed in Thailand, back to their home countries. This process is generally straightforward but becomes necessary when an individual is caught overstaying their visa. If detained by the police for this reason, you will be held at the IDC until you appear before a judge, receive a sentence, and settle any imposed penalties. According to Sections 54 and 55 of the Immigration Act, the individual is responsible for paying the fine as well as the costs associated with repatriation. This includes airfare for international flights and any additional fees or expenses incurred.

Section 54. Any alien entering or staying in the Kingdom without permission, or with permission that is expired or revoked, may be repatriated from the Kingdom by the competent official.

Section 55. In order to repatriate aliens from the Kingdom under this Act, the competent official may choose to do so by any conveyance or at any port of entry, as deemed appropriate. The expenses for such repatriation of aliens shall be borne by the owner or the person in charge of the conveyance. If there appears to be no owner or person in charge of the conveyance, such expenses shall be borne by the offender under Sections 63 or 64. The competent official shall have the power to claim repatriation expenses from anyone offender in full or from all offenders jointly, as so wishes. The competent official may grant permission if such aliens choose to be repatriated by other conveyance or other ports of entry at their own expenses.

Overstay Fine & Penalties

If you are not apprehended by immigration officers or police for overstaying your visa in Thailand, you will be subject to a clearance fine of 500 Thai Baht for each day you have overstayed, with the total fine not exceeding 20,000 Baht. Provided your overstay does not surpass 90 days, you will not be entered into the immigration "Black List," a record identifying individuals who have violated immigration laws. However, overstaying beyond 90 days results in a ban from re-entering Thailand, with the duration of the ban directly proportional to the length of the overstay.

If you have overstayed for more than 90 days, the duration of the blacklist shall be:

More than 90 days but not exceeding 1 year - 1 year ban
More than 1 year but not exceeding 3 years - 3 year ban
More than 3 years but not exceeding 5 years - 5 year ban
More than 5 years - 10 year ban.

During this time you will be denied entry into Thailand.

In instances of repeated breaches of immigration regulations, the Thailand Immigration Department may issue overstay stamps in your passport, each mark designating you as an 'undesirable alien.' This status significantly complicates your ability to travel to and gain entry into other nations and results in a prohibition from entering Thailand until such time as your ban is rescinded.

Avoid Overstaying

If you possess a valid visa and are seeking a renewal or extension, it is imperative to submit your application for visa extensions to the Thai embassy no later than the next working day prior to your current visa's expiration date. This precaution is essential to evade any overstay fees or fines levied by the immigration office.

Should a foreigner be detained and discovered to have an expired visa, thus lacking lawful entry into Thailand, they are deemed to be in the country unlawfully. Such individuals are subject to not only substantial fines but also the possibility of being held in the Immigration Detention Center pending deportation.


The legal team at Juslaws & Consult excels in providing comprehensive legal advice, services, and support to clients. This includes assistance with overstay clearance and resolving issues related to overstaying. Given the significant repercussions for foreigners who have either overstayed their Thai visa for an extended period or have done so on multiple occasions, enlisting the help of a skilled attorney is crucial. Our attorneys are prepared to accompany clients to either the airport or the local Immigration Office to address and resolve such matters effectively. For further details on this and other legal services, please reach out to Juslaws & Consult.