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3 years overstay. Go direct to airport or to Immigration first ?

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20 minutes ago, Crossy said:

Straight to the airport, pay the fine, get the ban, go home. Don't cut it too fine but unless there's some other crime on the books he won't miss his flight.

 

If stopped on the way to the airport arrest and a world of hurt awaits.

 

If he goes to immigration they may just tell him to go to the airport, alternatively arrest and a world of hurt awaits.

 

 

And what happens if the flight is canceled?

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6 minutes ago, Pravda said:

 

And what happens if the flight is canceled?

I would think once you are passed imm. and paid your fine you should be ok?

If you arrive at the airport and see the flight is cancelled,go home and try again!!

There is always a chance with Covid in mind they would not want to put foreigners in IDC and chance the

foreigner could become infected there?

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5 minutes ago, bluebird729 said:

Very good question!

But Usually the flight would be cancelled before you have checked your bags in.

 

There is a small possibility that a flight could be cancelled as you are all sitting on the plane,, (possibly a defect).

But with Emirates, you would get moved to the next available flight to dubai... usually a 3 to 6 hour wait.

  Its a 24 hour airport, so the person would just wait in airport lounge until next available flight.

 

 

Better pray that the wait is in the airport lounge, and not the "other" lounge. 😉

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A friend of mine many years ago had 7+ years overstay. He went to the local immigration (fine & tea money in hand) a few days before he planned to leave. They couldn't handle it and told him to come back the following day to sort it out. He never got a ban, and was back in LOS within a week. And is still here.

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3 minutes ago, 2long said:

A friend of mine many years ago had 7+ years overstay. He went to the local immigration (fine & tea money in hand) a few days before he planned to leave. They couldn't handle it and told him to come back the following day to sort it out. He never got a ban, and was back in LOS within a week. And is still here.

7 years overstay has a 10 year ban.

and you said he was back in Thailand in a week ?

 

I can only assume that this was NOT in Bangkok; because the immigration office in Bangkok is very 'by the book' and has many steps process (involving many people).

possibly one might be able to try bribing officials at bkk immigration but I cant imagine it would go well.. and probably end up in getting arrested.

 

Perhaps in a small remote regional immigration office (like the one at Nong Khai), then i can imagine you have a chance of success.

 

I'm guessing your friend was in a small regional office.

 

PS:  I assume you are talking about an actual immigration office in a town or city,  and not an immigration booth or office at the actual border.

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, OneeyedJohn said:

Years ago I was on an extended overstay, and I took the option of going to Immigration, paid the maximum fine of 20,000 and also had in hand an airline ticket to Uk . They let me back in for 7 days.

 

The risk of messing up a 50,000 baht ticket by going direct to the airport was too high for me.  If they had kept me overnight I was screwed.

They don't keep you overnight at the airport when you're on overstay. Depending on what immigration office you visit,they might put you in IDC even if you have 20k in your hand. 

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Not trying to scaremonger. The problem now days is the immigration love to showcase these things with an arrest and then point to the plastic board having the offenders name and picture on them to show they are actually doing something against the bad foreigners. 3 years is a pretty long time. Has anyone actually ever been arrested at the airport while checking in?

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