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Consequences for Overstaying in Thailand

Consequences for Overstaying in Thailand

As envisioned by many people since last year, an announcement has been posted by the Thai Immigration last month regarding the new overstay rules in Thailand. The advisory, as ordered by the Ministry of Interior, will take effect on March 20, 2016. The warning of overstay is viewed by many as a stricter approach to addressing the issue of the foregoing subject as offenders will now be subject to being blacklisted and banned from entering Thailand for 1 to 10 years depending on the period of overstay.

New Overstay Rules

Generally speaking, the adjudication for people who have voluntarily submitted themselves to the authorities regarding their overstay will be less serious as compared to those who will be caught and arrested. Below are the details of classes of entry disqualifications resulting from overstaying in Thailand.

  • In the case of foreigners surrendering to the authorities
    • Foreigners who overstay for more than 90 days beyond the permitted date will be banned from re-entering for 1 year, beginning from date of departure from Thailand.
    • Foreigners who overstay for more than 1 year beyond the permitted date will be banned from re-entering for 3 years, beginning from date of departure from Thailand.
    • Foreigners who overstay for more than 3 years beyond the permitted date will be banned from re-entering for 5 years, beginning from date of departure from Thailand.
    • Foreigners who overstay for more than 5 years beyond the permitted date will be banned from re-entering for 10 years, beginning from date of departure from Thailand.
  • In the case of foreigners being arrested and prosecuted by the authorities
    • Foreigners who are caught overstaying for less than 1 year beyond the permitted date will be banned from re-entering for 5 years, beginning from date of departure from Thailand.
    • Foreigners who are caught overstaying for more than 1 year beyond the permitted date will be banned from re-entering for 10 years, beginning from date of departure from Thailand.

When travelling to Thailand, it is always important to be mindful of the last day of permitted stay. If you have already overstayed for whatever reason, it is highly advised to sort things out and leave Thailand before the order’s enforced date. One can do this by surrendering to the authorities at any Immigration Checkpoint in Thailand and paying the overstay fine of 500 baht per day but not exceeding 20,000 baht.

If you need Thai visa application assistance, please contact Siam Legal.

 

4 thoughts on “Consequences for Overstaying in Thailand

  1. Hi! I am a tunisian guy studying (Full-time Bachelor’s Degree in computer-science) in Munich, Germany. I’ve got an educational visa here which have to be renewed each 2 years. I wanted to ask you, if I have to apply for an ED-Visa (for a Semester Abroad in Thailand) in Tunisia, or I can do that here at the Thai Consulate in Munich? PS: I’ve already been in Thailand 2 years ago, and I applied for a Tourist-Visa, here at the Thai Consulate in Munich, and everything went well. I didn’t had to go to Tunisia, to apply for it at the Thai Embassy there. So is it the same in 2016, for an ED-Visa? Thank you in advance! Best Karim

    1. You will need to inquire from the Thai Consulate in Munich if they are able to assist you with an ED Visa now since it was 2 years ago that you last applied for the tourist visa. Please contact them for further assistance.​

  2. Hi! I know that Vietnamese can get to Thailand and stay there for up to 30 days without visa. What happens in case I am there and wish to stay for around 5-10 days more after such 30 days? Can I extend my visa exemption. Please advise. Thank you so much.

    1. Yes, you can apply for a visa exemption at an immigration office in Thailand for another 30 days.​

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Covid-19 Travel Insurance for Foreigners

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Phuket is open, Koh Samui is open! Two of the most known paradise islands in Thailand had just opened. Travelers are lining up to book flights and cannot wait to have the time of their lives like before. If you are a traveler and eyeing the paradise islands in Thailand, one must know what the requirements are to enter such islands within the country, right? Especially now that the government of Thailand has implemented stricter safety measures due to Covid-19. 

Entering the Paradise Islands in Thailand

What do you need to do before, and what do you need to have with you, to be able to enter the country? Here is the list that will answer that question:

  • One must have a passport with at least 6 months validity
  • One must be from an approved country by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration
  • One must have a Certificate of Entry (COE) 
  • One must already be vaccinated with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) or World Health Organization (WHO)
  • One must have booked and purchased return air travel
  • One must have booked and paid accommodation and required RT-PCR tests at SHA Plus (SHA+) hotels, and in the case of Samui+, Samui Extra Plus hotels
  • One must have purchased travel insurance with Covid-19 treatment coverage of at least $100,000 
  • One must have been tested negative for Covid-19 not more than 72 hours before travel

Covid-19 Travel Insurance Required

All of you might not know that not all travel insurance covers the Covid-19 infection. With Covid-19 continuing to spread, not forgetting to mention the variants emerging around the world. Those travelers who are fully vaccinated, and unvaccinated travelers, will and still be needing this 100%.

What is Covid-19 Travel Insurance? Unlike the pre-Covid-19 insurances, it does not only cover injuries or accidents. It is insurance that covers your expenses in case an emergency happens to a traveler that involves a Covid-19 type of emergencies. It is one of the latest requirements that the government implemented for the inbound travelers to have and it supposedly covers $100,000 minimum.

There are several insurance providers that you can find now, you can purchase it easily online with the specific insurance company that is to your liking. To help you with that, you might want to visit AXA Insurance and consider it as your insurance company option.

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Coverage of Covid-19 Insurance

Before you purchase your insurance, you must check the coverage of the insurance that you are supposed to purchase. It is supposed to cover costs of isolation, quarantine, testing, treatments, and other worse possible cases that you might experience with Covid-19 during your stay in the country. It is also to cover any losses that hindered your travel during the Covid-19. One example of that would be travel cancellations and lost travel bookings.

Here are the three components that you must remember upon purchasing your insurance, your insurance must cover:

  • Medical Coverage. A sensible approach to travelers must have a minimum of $100,000 that covers all treatment costs connected with COVID-19 infection.
  • Life Insurance Coverage. In case of the worst possible cases, due to Covid-19 infection, the $100,000 will be paid to the named beneficiary.
  • Unexpected Expenses. In case you have travel disruptions or lost trip arrangements, or any flights due to Covid-19 infection. The insurance shall cover it too.

If you have already decided where you should purchase your insurance, do not forget to read the coverages. Check if the insurance will cover the listed coverage above. Also, do not forget to check and read every detail, even the small prints of any policy to avoid the wrong or invalid type of insurance, which is the case of some, or even fraudulent scams.

Covid-19 Insurance: Worry-Free Travel

The Thai government is doing its best to give travelers a relaxing and safe trip during their stay in the country. The only obstacle a traveler will have before entering is the fact that they will have to fill up some applications, may it be an insurance application form, application for booking flights and hotels, and others. Other than that, is for travelers to follow the safety measures for the travelers’ own safety for only a limited number of days.

Covid-19 insurance is a need for travelers. This Covid-19 insurance will cover the expenses in case of Covid-19 related emergencies. This insurance will also keep you away from unwanted problems that you will have like unexpected payments or bills during your trip because of unexpected events. If one did not purchase the needed Covid-19 insurance or has mistakenly purchased the wrong insurance, someone else will pay the expenses. The Thai government will be the one to cover the expenses.

The Thai government is doing its responsibilities, and travelers are encouraged to do their part as visitors. The worry-free travel will only be effective if both sides are doing their part and doing their designated responsibilities.

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Thailand Elite Visa

Thailand Elite Visa is one of the long-term visas classified as “Privilege Entry Visa”(PE) under the supervision of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports established by the Thai government. Thailand Privilege Card Co., Ltd., has the status of a state-owned enterprise that acts as management which issues the membership card for the visa term of 5, 10, and 20 years by giving the prerogative for tourist visa type for foreigners who are members and needed to have a long-term visa to stay in Thailand with good priority and excellence.

Thailand Elite Visa Cost

1. Elite Easy Access

If you are frequently making trips to Thailand, but still in doubt as to whether Thailand is the right destination for your choice of stay or for whatever reasons you may have, the Elite Easy Access Membership, which awaits you with welcoming services and comfort-guaranteed privileges up until the minute you depart Thailand.

  • Thai Elite Visa validity of 5 years
  • It costs 600,000 Thai baht with no annual fee
  • You have an option to upgrade to Elite Ultimate Privilege
  • No age restriction; members can be any age

2. Elite Family Excursion (minimum 2 persons)

The Elite Family Excursion Membership, the visa privilege which will assure a warm welcome the minute your family and you leave the airplane and throughout your stay in Thailand with airport transfer service for exclusive excursions and plenty more privileges to ensure utmost convenience for your family and you.

  • Thai Elite Visa validity of 5 years
  • It costs 800,000 Thai baht with no annual fee (2 persons)
  • For additional family member there is a fee of 300,000 Thai baht

3. Elite Maxima Health

From now onwards with our Elite Maxima Health Membership, you will be freed of any health and living issues that may arise whilst living in Thailand. Whether your stay is for pleasure or relaxation, we are able to provide you with useful advice regarding health issues with privileged access to the world's global standard of hospitals, together with our offer of a wide range of wellness privileges to let you relish every moment in Thailand.

  • Thai Elite Visa validity of 5 years
  • It costs 1,500,000 Thai baht with no annual fee.
  • Age requirement, members must be 5-55 years old.

4. Elite Privilege Access

If you are one of those who truly admire Thailand, Elite Privilege Access Membership is exactly your ideal choice of a membership for ease of access to Thailand with our assistance throughout your stay to make your dream a reality which is filled with enviable services and convenience such as personal car pickups and drop-offs and special health checkups at leading hospitals in Thailand.

  • Membership validity of 10 years
  • The Elite Visa validity of 5 years and renewable for another 5 years
  • It costs 1,000,000 THB with no annual fee
  • For additional family member there is a fee of 800,000 Thai baht
  • No age restriction; members can be of any age

5. Elite Family Alternative

For a world traveler such as yourself who insists that your family members deserve nothing but the highest standards of service and convenience in overseas living arrangements, Elite Family Alternative Membership can certainly assure you of that, whether for a short or long stay in Thailand, which is filled with memorable and worthwhile moments of joy every second you spend in Thailand.

  • Membership validity of 10 years
  • The Elite Visa validity of 5 years and renewable for another 5 years
  • It costs 800,000 Thai baht with no annual fee
  • For additional family members there is a fee of 700,000 Thai baht

6. Elite Superiority Extension

If Thailand is the destination you are dreaming of as your second home, being a member of Elite Superiority Extension Membership will certainly allow you to map out your life much more easily with our 24/7 advice and assistance throughout in your living arrangements to ensure you that Thailand is truly another place for you to call home.

  • Membership validity of 20 years
  • It costs 1 million Thai baht with no annual fee
  • The Elite Visa validity of 5 years and renewable for another 5 years (4 sets of 5-year multi-entry visa)

7. Elite Family Premium

What could be better than expressing your love toward your family and loved ones with a premium present attached with such sentimental value as Elite Family Premium Membership to enable them to enjoy the same exclusive privileges and services as yours for memorable moments together in Thailand.

  • Applicable only to family members of Elite Ultimate Privilege members
  • Membership fee of 1 million Thai baht with an annual fee of 10,000 THB
  • Membership and Thai Elite Visa validity will be based on the membership and visa validity of the Elite Ultimate Privilege family member
  • Visa is renewable after 5 years (4 sets of 5-year multi-entry visas)

8. Elite Ultimate Privilege

An exclusive 20-year multiple-entry visa, Elite Ultimate Privilege Membership, caters especially to those who wish to frequent Thailand to make the most of his or her experiences, to be a part of local happenings, and to explore the unseen aspects of the country free of visa hassle, but with a hospitable welcome and ultimate privileges of unsurpassed services to ensure utmost comfort and convenience for an unforgettable stay in Thailand like never before.

  • Membership validity of 20 years
  • It costs 2.14 million Thai baht with an annual fee of 21,400 Thai baht
  • The Elite Visa validity of 5 years and renewable for another 5 years (4 sets of 5-year multi-entry visa)
  • Members must be over 20 years old

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How to become a Thailand Elite Member

(General information and requirements)

*Thailand Elite visa holders are not allowed to work and study in Thailand.

*If the applicant overstays in Thailand, a person with an overstaying record cannot apply(Rejected) then have to leave the country to clear the record.

Qualifications of the Applicant

  1. Not having been a suspect of any criminal offense in any country except for an offense committed to negligence.
  2. Not having been adjudicated bankrupt.
  3. Not having been declared as a person of unsound mind, incompetence, or quasi-incompetent.
  4. Being allowed to stay in Thailand in accordance with the immigration laws or any other related laws of Thailand.
  5. Holding a foreign passport.
  6. The applicant’s age depends on each package’s requirement.

**Please carefully check terms and conditions.

Documents Required (for Applying)

  1. Copy of the 1st page of your passport. (JPEG image)
  2. A copy of every Thailand stamp in your passport.
  3. The passport must have at least 3 blank pages for visa stamp, the observation page is inapplicable.
  4. Completed application form (6-8pages)
    • Properly scanned copy, with handwritten signature (same as passport)
  5. One passport size photograph (JPEG file preferred)
    • Photographs must have a light color, plain background with a full-face view of the person without wearing a hat or dark glasses.
    • Passport size 2X2 inch (The photo should be a color photo 35-45 mm in width, close up of your face measuring between 30-36 mm, with the light background, not older than 6 months, and No retouch.)
  6. Those who apply for a family package must provide proof of relationship in English. For example, a Marriage Certificate or a Birth Certificate.

Application Process

  1. All required documents are prepared.
    • Copy of your passport
    • Photograph
    • Application form
    • Proof of relationship documents
  1. Required Documents
    • Submit the application form and required documents to Thailand Elite Card.
  1. Background Check
    • Thailand Elite will submit all documents (PDF) to the Immigration Bureau and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    • The process takes about 1-2 months depending on the applicant’s nationality.
  1. Approval Letter, to the applicant or agent’s email provided.
    • Once your application is approved, the approval letter will be sent to you.
  1. Make a payment for membership fee
    • 7 days waiting for confirmation of the payment.
  1. Thailand Elite check for payment
    • Will be check the payment (3-5 working days)

When the payment is confirmed? 

Once we confirm your transaction, a welcome letter and membership ID number will be sent to you.

The applicant can later make an appointment for affixing Thailand Elite Visa. (The appointment can be made 1 month in advance and no less than 5 working days in advance before the preferred date to affix the visa). See also the Thailand Elite Visa from Thaiembassy.com.

When the membership has been activated, all members are required need to do the following:

  1. 90-Day Report
  2. Stay Extension
  3. TM 30

Requirement while staying (in Thailand)

  1. Staying in Thailand for over 90 days without leaving the country. The members are required to do a 90-Day report at the immigration office in the area of your residence. No report is required if the stay is less than 90 days per entry but if he/she wishes to stay in the country for over 90 days, a 90-Day report is required.
  1. Stay Extension (Staying in Thailand for more than 1 year): you will be required to apply for a One-Year Stay Extension at the Immigration Bureau in person and must complete before the expiry date of the arrival stamp. The fee of 1,900 is applied. However, if members leave Thailand within 365 days of their stay permission, no extension is required.
  1. TM 30 (House owners or landlords who accommodate foreign nationals are responsible to notify the local immigration authorities). For house owners or landlords who accommodate foreign nationals, notifications of residence for foreigners.

Note: 90-Day report and stay extension needs to have TM 30, which is the responsibility of the house owners or landlords. Who accommodate foreign nationals to notify the local immigration authorities. If the member is the owner of the house, he/she needs to provide TM 30 to the authority in the area.

When Can I Travel To Thailand?
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When Can I Travel To Thailand?

When Can I Travel To Thailand?

With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the worldwide travel industry has been decimated, with almost all countries bringing in additional travel restrictions in a desperate bid to halt the spread of infection. With different countries bringing in different measures and paperwork requirements for both people leaving and arriving in the country, the whole situation has been very confusing for people wanting to travel. Also, many countries have changed their travel restrictions several times so it has been difficult, if not impossible to keep up to date with the new measures. Thailand is no different and was effectively closed to tourism for many months, however, Thailand is now open for tourism so you could come right now, that is, if your country allows you to leave, and you can secure all the necessary documents. In this article we will cover information relating to Thailand travel restrictions that are currently in place.

There's no reason why you can't come now if you can secure a certificate of entry from your local Thai embassy, can obtain the required COVID travel insurance, are willing to have a COVID test, and most crucially, are willing to be quarantined in a hotel for 7, 10 or 15 nights on arrival, all at your own expense at an ASQ hotel in Thailand. For many travelers, it's the quarantine that is putting them off, most people don't want to spend up to two weeks of their precious holiday time confined to a hotel room with nothing to do, not to mention the $1000+ that it costs. Therefore the question that most people are asking is not "when can I travel to Thailand", but "when can I travel to Thailand without having to endure quarantine?".

And at the moment, not even the authorities in Thailand appear to know the answer to this question. However, the government has already approved reduced quarantine of 7-10 days for travelers who have been vaccinated, so it does appear that they are thinking about loosening the restrictions in a bid to try and get their tourism industry going again. There is a campaign called “Open Thailand Safely” which has been petitioning the government to relax the restrictions on the 1st of July to give the economy a boost, as many Thais are struggling without the huge amount of money that tourism used to bring to the country.

At the moment, however, the government seems to be taking a cautious approach to reopening the country with other online sources suggesting that the 1st of October would be a more likely date that travelers will be allowed in without quarantine. Realistically, however, nobody knows, as it only takes a small spike in cases and governments around the world panic and lockdown their countries again.

In short, if you have been vaccinated, a 7 day quarantine period is now possible, or even to participate in the new “area quarantine” scheme which has been mentioned several times, yet is not currently in operation. If, like most people, you don’t want to be quarantined at all, then unfortunately it’s looking like you will have a wait of many months yet, especially seeing as a new wave of infection is being seen in many countries.

When Thailand eventually does re-open fully to international tourism, it looks like the government will take a phased approach, and it seems that they are planning to open up Phuket first, initially with reduced quarantine and hopefully progressing towards no quarantine if everything goes well. The "Phuket Sandbox" idea is purported to start on 1st of July and should allow vaccinated travelers to visit the island without having to undergo any kind of quarantine at all, however they will not be allowed to leave Phuket for the first seven days. Also, it’s very likely that this date will be set back if any new waves of infection hit the country.

As a final note, you should plan ahead for your Thai Visa for your trip. Many foreigners are now opting for the hassle free Thailand Elite visa. While others apply for a retirement visa or business visa for Thailand. The most common Thailand visa application is the Tourist Visa. Please remember to plan in advance for your visa and travel documents that are necessary to enter Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Insurance in Thailand
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COVID-19 Insurance for Travelling to Thailand

If you are planning to travel to Thailand, you will be needing an insurance policy that meets the official requirements for Certificate of Entry (COE) in Thailand. The Thai government made it compulsory to all foreign travelers who wish to enter the kingdom to have a travel insurance policy that covers the treatment of COVID-19.

The Office of Insurance Commission (OIC) published two Registrar Orders last March 17, 2020 that insurance policies relating to health, travel, accident, and life should cover risks relating to COVID-19 unless the policyholder has become infected with the virus prior purchasing the policy or during the waiting period.

COVID-19 Insurance for Foreigners

The Office of Insurance Commission in Thailand has endorsed a medical insurance policy for foreigners which has been approved by the Thai government. This policy contains two parts:

  1. If the traveler is tested positive for COVID-19, then all the medical expenses at the hospital will be paid by the insurance company. The cost of treatment to be covered by the insurance company is almost 100,000 USD or 3.2 million baht.
  2. If the traveler died due to COVID-19, the insurance company would bear all the expenses of burial and repatriation, with a maximum coverage of approximately 3.2 million baht or 100,000 USD.

The Insurance Policies with coverage of COVID-19

The following insurance policies should cover risks relating to COVID-19:

  • health insurance;
  • life insurance;
  • accidental insurance; and
  • travel insurance;

These insurance policies can be purchased online. You need to submit the requirements specified by the insurance company, including the date of coverage. Make sure to purchase your insurance policies on duly approved insurance companies by the Thai government.

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The Cost of COVID-19 Insurance in Thailand

The cost of the insurance of COVID-19 will vary for age difference and the period you remain in Thailand. The price of the COVID-19 insurance ranges from 2,600 baht to 100,000 baht.

The procedure for buying medical insurance for Thailand

For getting a visa and certificate of entry to Thailand, you need to find medical insurance policies that cover COVID-19. It makes it easy for you to get the most appropriate one. There are two ways to find the insurance policy of COVID-19 for Thailand.

  • You can contact an insurance broker of the insurance company
  • You can check online for instant purchase of insurance policy

A point to remember is that you should check all the coverage policies of the COVID-19 to take the least expensive policy that covers all the requirements. You can purchase this online through your credit cards. Several insurance providers offer COVID-19 insurance policies online. And you can check for a company that is on the top for acceptance of a visa. You can get the certificate instantly and then print it to apply for visa processing.

AXA Insurance offers a unique package of insurance named "Sawasdee Thailand." Thousands of foreigners use AXA for the certificate of COVID-19 insurance in order to successfully obtain a visa and COE for Thailand. It includes the following features that cover all the prerequisites of the Thailand insurance commission:

  • It includes the treatment of COVID-19 not more than 100,000 USD.
  • You can choose the period that you require or for how long you will stay in Thailand. For example: it can be 30, 60, 90, or 1 year.
  • It begins with the clearance at the immigration passport control at the airport in Thailand.
  • There is a quarantine of 14 days in the coverage.
  • A certificate is provided

Why require COVID-19 insurance?

The cost of treating the coronavirus disease is very expensive due to the limited availability of the medicines used for the treatment. Having known that, the Thai government has made the extra step in ensuring their foreign guests peace of mind during their stay in the Kingdom by requiring them to have the COVID19 insurance. In an unlikely event that the foreign guests get infected by the virus, they won't have to pay out of their pocket the medical expenses at the hospitals in Thailand.

Is the COVID-19 insurance policy Expensive?

The cost of getting a COVID-19 insurance is just a pinch compared to the hospital bill of a non-insured COVID-19 patient. It is an additional expense to travellers, however, with the ongoing pandemic, it is too risky not to have one. You can obtain a 30 day policy that starts at about 4,000 THB. But the most significant reason that determines the price is the risk of the virus in the country from where you are applying for a visa. The costs differ from the government to private hospitals, so it can be expensive and it depends on your budget.

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