Ban on Illegal Foreign Visitors Now Effective in Thailand

Thailand government turned concrete an order on foreign visitors ineligible for admission to the Kingdom of Thailand on March 20, 2016. The decree was adopted in November last year but is only implemented from now. It concerns exclusively foreign travellers and visitors who overstay in the Kingdom beyond their permitted length of stay. The government justifies the adoption of such measures with a threat on the nation’s security and on people’s safety.

According to the order now in effect,”in order to maintain the peace of the nation (Thailand), the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior exercises the power under section 16 of Thailand immigration Act and refuses classes of aliens ineligible for admission to the Kingdom of Thailand under certain conditions and for specific periods of time as shown in the details below:

Aliens surrendered to authorities:

  1. An alien who overstays more than 90 days beyond his/her permitted date will be barred from re-entering the country for one year, starting from the departure date.
  2. An alien who overstays more than one year beyond his/her permitted date will be barred from re-entering the country for three years, starting from the departure date.
  3. An alien who overstays more than three years beyond his/her permitted date will be barred from re-entering the country for five years, starting from the departure date.
  4. An alien who overstays more than five years beyond his/her permitted date will be barred from re-entering the country for 10 years, starting from the departure date.

Aliens being arrested and prosecuted:

  1. An alien who is caught overstaying less than one year beyond his/her permitted date will be barred from re-entering the country for five years, starting from the departure date.
  2. An alien who is caught overstaying more than one year beyond his/her permitted date will be barred from re-entering the country for 10 years, starting from the departure date.

These rules are not applying to:

3.1 An alien who departs the country before the age of 18.

3.2 An alien who departs the country before this order was entered into force.

Anyone who has already overstayed beyond their permitted date, but before the order’s enforced date, may surrender to the authorities at Immigration Checkpoints (land borders, seaports, or airports). They must pay a fine of 500 Thai baht per day, but not exceeding 20,000 baht, before they are allowed to leave the Kingdom of Thailand.

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