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BANGKOK 18 August 2019 16:53
Lamara

Overstaying by a few hours

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Hey everyone,

 

I'm leaving to Thailand from Canada on January 12th, returning flight on February 12th - I will be landing in Thailand on January 13th, and I totally forgot that January has 31 days, instead of 30.

So I will be overstaying my trip by a few hours, and I'm a bit concerned. 

 

My question is: Will I get it trouble for overstaying by a few hours?  

 

The rule is that I'm allowed to stay for 30 days in Thailand, but if you count from the day that I land, until the day that I leave (Jan 13th until Feb 12th at 3:25 AM) that's 31 days - even though it's only by 3 hours. 

Realistically, I will have to be at the airport on Feb 11th before midnight anyways to check in for returning flight.

 

I could try and apply for a Visa, but I don't know if that's necessary for the amount of hours I'm overstaying by and just wanted to get an opinion on this! 

Please let me know,

Thanks!

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If an early check in and passing through Immigration is possible, then the problem totally diappears. If just a few hours will not be a problem anyway. There will be no fine for that. There is actually not any fine for one day late.

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Got an overstay stamp for passing through Immigration 15 minutes past midnight after being stuck 2 hours in the queue once.

Officers thought it quite funny but at least had the grace to say it wouldn't cause any future problems.

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If leaving from either airport in Bangkok you will not be fined 500 baht for a overstay of less than 24 hours and there will only be small stamp stating that.

A one day overstay is nothing to worry about.

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Happened to me twice. As others said you will be taken aside and you will get a stamp in passport but won't pay any fine.

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Suggest that for the visa fee you can save it is more than worthwhile to get through immigration on 11th before midnight. Will get you a nice snack and some beers instead and you're not wasting time. After all, what would you do between 11pm and 2am instead? 

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I got a stamp in my passport for 4 hours and then they proceeded to stamp my children’s UK passports even though they had THAI passports in their hands as well...

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Don’t try leaving from Krabi, one minute overstay is 500baht. 

Airport and Town Office are only a few kilometres apart but attitudes are totally different.

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Picctrainop

Why did you even present the kids UK passports ? ie: Just leave on the Thai passports ?

I am told that there is no fine for less than a 24 hour overstay but be aware that after that

they take it from the flights departure time (not exiting Immigration.

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Did the same thing myself in 2017, 31 instead of 30 days.

Had to sign a form, got a stamp in passport but no fine.

Most probably got entered in their computer database.

Re-entered the kingdom 11 months later, not even a sideways look from the I O.

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1 minute ago, overherebc said:

Easiest of course if your flights at say 2am you can go through Imm' at 10pm and relax with a beer whatever pre-flight.

As per post 9 and many other reports, going through immigration before midnight makes no difference and it's the departure date of your flight which counts.  They'll presumably get that from the flight number on your TM6 departure card or your boarding pass.

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45 minutes ago, treetops said:

As per post 9 and many other reports, going through immigration before midnight makes no difference and it's the departure date of your flight which counts.  They'll presumably get that from the flight number on your TM6 departure card or your boarding pass.

They have never asked me for flight details and if you have 'lost' your TM6 you just fill out a new one for them.

Their only interest is in the dates in your passport.

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Not what has been reported on numerous occasions.  The "Admitted Until" date stamp and the flight number (even on your "new" TM6) tells them all they need to know.  Your boarding pass backs up the TM6.

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