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FAQ's-Thai Immigration

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What to do when someone's passport is lost or stolen?

A foreigner, whose passport was either lost or stolen after entering the Kingdom, has to do the following: 

A report must be filed at the local police station in the area where the passport was lost or stolen.  The police report has to be brought to the respective passport holder's consulate and he has to apply for a new passport or substitute document. If there is no embassy or consulate in Thailand, he has to contact the Passport Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


What is the fine for overstaying visas?

According to Section 81 of the Immigration Act 1979, aliens, who overstay their visas and voluntarily report this to the Immigration Bureau, will be fined 500 Baht for each day the visa is overstayed, but not more than a total of 20,000 Baht.


How to apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa?

Usually, a non-immigrant visa can be obtained from the Thai Embassy or Consulate in your country. The visa will be valid for 90 days. 


How long is the alien allowed to stay in Thailand with a Non-Immigrant Visa?

As warranted by such a visa, an alien will be allowed to stay in the country for 90 days. 


How long is the alien allowed to stay in Thailand with a Non-Immigrant Visa type B-A?

If the visa is approved by the Immigration Bureau, the applicant will be entitled to stay in the Kingdom for a period of 1 year from the day of entry.


Can an alien extend the duration of stay? 

The Immigration Office will grant an extension for an alien to stay according to the 

recommendations of the Investment Support Committee or the Industrial of Thailand Committee or]the types of visas regulated under the Immigration Law as follows: 

• Investment or business visa, not more than 90 days. 

• Investment or business visa, more than 90 days. 


What is the minimum age for a foreigner applying for a Retirement Visa?

Over 50 years of age.


Can a foreigner apply for a Residence Permit? 

Yes, if he/she has been living in Thailand on a 1-year visa for at least 3 consecutive years.

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