In your situation, where you’ve overstayed your tourist visa in Thailand by two weeks but wish to extend your stay, it’s important to approach this matter carefully and correctly. Here’s what you should know and do:
Addressing the Overstay
First and foremost, it’s vital to understand that overstaying a visa is a legal issue, but it’s not something that should cause undue panic. In Thailand, overstaying a visa is relatively common, and the authorities have clear procedures in place.
Paying the Overstay Fine
Upon visiting the immigration office, you will be required to pay a fine for your overstay. Currently, the fine is 500 Baht per day of overstay. Therefore, for a 15-day overstay, your total fine would be 7,500 Baht (around 196 Euro or 215 USD at the current rate as of January 10, 2024).
Applying for a Visa Extension
After settling the overstay fine, you can apply for a 30-day visa extension. This extension costs 1,900 Baht. It’s crucial to note that this 30-day extension begins from the day your original visa expired. So, if you’re already 15 days into your overstay, the extension will effectively give you an additional 15 days legally in Thailand.
It’s reassuring to know that for an overstay of less than 90 days, and assuming you haven’t been involved in any legal issues, the primary consequence is just the financial penalty. There’s no ban or blacklist for re-entering Thailand in the future under these circumstances.
Being blacklisted or banned from re-entering Thailand only happens in cases of overstays for more than 90 days, or if you overstay and are then arrested and prosecuted for illegal activities.
As long as you’ve not overstayed for more than 90 days, and you haven’t gotten in trouble with the law, you don’t need to worry. Just report to immigration as soon as possible, pay the fine, and extend your visa if you can.