What is the process for paying the overstay fine when leaving Thailand after my visa extension expires?

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Case Study: Overstay Fine Procedure in Thailand

The original case pertains to an individual who needs to overstay in Thailand for a couple of days after their visa extension expires due to a pending notarized document from their employer. The individual is unsure about the procedure to pay the overstay fine and where it can be paid at the airport.

In response to this, our experts at Thai Kru provided a clear and comprehensive solution. The individual should proceed to the passport control line where the immigration officers will notice the overstay and guide them to the appropriate office for fine payment. It is crucial that the individual keeps the fine amount ready in cash. Post immigration, the overstay counter is easily located and the officers will provide necessary directions.

However, Thai Kru strongly advises against overstaying as it might negatively impact future visa applications not just for Thailand but for other countries as well. An alternative solution suggested is to apply for a 7-day denial stamp at immigration, which costs the same as the overstay fine (1900 baht), but won't result in an overstay stamp on the passport.

For those planning to stay beyond their visa extension, they could apply for an additional extension at the immigration office with the intent of getting denied on purpose. Upon denial, immigration grants a week to leave the country for the same fee as a successful extension.

This method is a common practice understood by immigration. As long as they receive the required fee, they are more than willing to cooperate. The fee of 1900 baht is significantly less than the cumulative overstay fine of 3500 baht (500 baht x 7 days), not considering the risk of deportation if discovered before exit.

In conclusion, Thai Kru recommends visiting the Chang Wattana immigration office for a visa extension to gain an extra 7 days for a fee of 1900 baht. This method is more beneficial than paying an overstay fine and may potentially affect future visas when returning to Thailand.

Thai Kru, as a specialist in travel, retirement, and relocation in Thailand, can provide comprehensive services and guidance for visa applications, travel arrangements, accommodation, and more. We ensure our clients have smooth and enjoyable experiences during their visit or stay in Thailand.

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