Once again the talk of the day on Thai Visas is visa overstay. If you are a faithful reader of my blog you will know that I always warned foreign tourists not to overstay their visas and I will continue to do so
May you overstay your visa?
You may but should not because overstay is one of those tolerance that can get you in trouble because overstay is illegal even if it is possible for those who overstayed their visas to clear overstay at the immigration office or at the airport by paying a fine of 500 THB per day (with a maximum of 20,000 THB).
Why should you not take overstay lightly?
Because it is illegal and while you can still voluntary clear the overstay, for as long as you are in an overstay situation you will be at risk of being arrested during a police control (which controls are more and more frequents nowadays). Now if you are being arrested while overstaying your visa you may face many unpleasantness such as prosecution, detention, deportation (to your country of origin after more than five day of overstays if the information on Thai visas is correct) and black listing.
For all these reasons I strongly advise you never to overstay your visa. Remember you can always get a 7 days extension from the immigration. To the worth a visa run (it will cost you around 2,000 THB and 24 hours of your time) is far better than to overstay.
If you don’t try to abuse the system visa run is a simple way to extend your period of stay especially by comparison to overstay.
Note that if you do a visa run by car or bus you will receive only 15 days visa when you re-enter Thailand against 30 days if you fly out and back.
Originally posted 2012-03-19 16:33:31.