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Overstay Charge Hiked To B500 A Day

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BANGKOK: -- The fine for remaining in Thailand past the expiry date of a permit to stay, currently 200 baht a day, will rise to 500 baht a day with effect from March 15.

However, the maximum fine payable will remain the same, at 20,000 baht, Pol Lt Gen Suwat Thamrongsrisakul, Commander of the Immigration Bureau, stated in a document posted in Thai on the Bureau's website. The document gave no reason for the increase.

--Phuket Gazette 2006-02-21

changefine_feb102006.pdf

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Interesting that the maximum fine will not increase, making a maximum fine under the new system equivalent to a forty-day overstay.

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People overstaying without knowing this information will have a nice surprise at the airport or the frontier during the next few months... :o

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BANGKOK: -- The fine for remaining in Thailand past the expiry date of a permit to stay, currently 200 baht a day, will rise to 500 baht a day with effect from March 15.

However, the maximum fine payable will remain the same, at 20,000 baht, Pol Lt Gen Suwat Thamrongsrisakul, Commander of the Immigration Bureau, stated in a document posted in Thai on the Bureau's website. The document gave no reason for the increase.

--Phuket Gazette 2006-02-21

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I don't know what's going on with the current government, but it seems to me that they are becoming less & less "user-friendly" with regards to tourists . . . . .

I also understand, that the regulations regarding "retirees" in this Kingdom has been made significantly less attractive also . . . . .

Perhaps I am the moron, but would a "sane" government not absolutely rejoice at the prospect of attracting as many as possible retired folks from all over this globe to spent their pensions in this country ? ?

These are people who do not participate in the labour-process, yet spend all their money here ! ! !

What is the logic behind some of these totally silly policies anyway ? ? ? T.I.T. ? ? - I guess !

:o

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:D Malaysia would be rubbing it's hands with glee !!!!

They treat retirees with respect, offer more perks and even allow you to buy land and own you own home.... :o

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:D Malaysia would be rubbing it's hands with glee !!!!

They treat retirees with respect, offer more perks and even allow you to buy land and own you own home.... :o

You are the poster before you are genuinely going to postulate that serious retirees are serious about retiring here but can't be bothered to get the correct visa to do so?!!

Seriously?! People would retire here, then be willing to risk everything by breaking the law?!

I don't know anyone who does that in other nice retiree countries [volunteerily overstaying and breaking the law then complaining about the paltry fine or not as the case may be].

Man, I can't wait to get old, obviously old people are the new young people [black is the new black, wednesday is the new sunday].

Funny thing is....every time my family goes gambling and I tag along sometimes... I see the people doing the visa run.... don't often see people aged 60 years or even close to retiring age. They look quite a bit younger than that ...not sure if these are the ones overstaying or not, but I fail to see how increasing a fine from 200b to 500b for the tiny minority who incur it has ANY impact on the massive majority (guessing 98%+) of tourists who have NIL problem abiding by the immigration laws of Thailand?!

And as for retirees.... well there are lots of things Thailand COULD do to promote retirees coming here, and I agree it is a good market, I just don't see the link with overstay costs....

I think some perspective is needed into what the general tourist profile is....and it is mostly someone staying less than 2 weeks, hanging around on a beach and flying home.

For retirees, I am now clueless....if I am to believe the posts it is a non property owning overstayer, and that just seems wrong :D:D

Edited by steveromagnino

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Much like with the visa-fee increases a few years back, these things are not reviewed periodically and increased gradually over time. Once the powers-that-be finally do decide to take action on some of these fees, the increases tend be whopping with the logic that the item in-question hasn't been increased in x-number of years.

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There's no excuse for overstaying - there's always advance notice that you are going to be in an overstay situation. If people can't organise themselves better then they need to be held accountable.

Ok - in rare cases it can't be avoided but they're too few too mention.

Wise move by immigration if you ask me.

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I have no sympathy for overstayers who get caught or fined, but it does seem to me like its just another excuse for Thailand to milk more out of foreigners :o

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move the fine up to 1000 baht. who cares. i dont really see any reason why u would overstay more then 1 day... due to miscalculation. anyone who does go over that day is either lazy or just dumb and doesnt care. hel_l they should put the limit to only 1 week and throw them in jail after that. i just thought the 200 baht a day was so cheap for breaking the law. so good for them to raise the fine.

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No comment, Thaksin did a lot of this kind of thakxes for the foreigners...

One year visa, 500B to 1900B

Bank deposit, 200,000B to 800,000B

etc. :o

This is hardly big money for the 1 year visa, if a person can't pony up with this, are they really making a significant impact on the economy here?

Tourism and retirement income has costs to a country against which there is income. Why do we need 10m + tourists a year? At what cost is this?

Reduce to 6m-7m high paying tourists staying at places like Amanpuri, and workers and retirees who have enough cash to afford 1900b 1 year visa. :D

OK, that is a bit tongue in cheek, but I don't see too many foreigners here who would leave from an increase of 1400b a year; that is nothing surely!

Can you explain the bank deposit bit? That bit I know nil about, is this some sort or retiree thing?

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