As part of the stricter security procedures by the immigration bureau, foreigners who stay for over 90 days could be banned from re-entering Thailand starting on March 20. This new policy for all foreigners who are planning to stay in the country is intended to keep the country secure against all people who have ill intentions.
Under these new guidelines, foreigners who are overstaying in the country but are willing to surrender to authorities will be subject to a different treatment compared to the ones who are arrested by the authorities and are subject to prosecution. The difference between how the two violators would be treated lie on the length of time that they are banned from entering Thailand as a result of their violations.
For those foreigners who voluntarily surrender after overstaying for more than 90 days, the sanction would involve getting banned from re-entering Thailand for a year. Foreigners who overstay for over a year, over 3 years and over 5 years would be banned for 3, 5 and 10 years respectively.
Meanwhile, those who overstay for less than a year and are arrested for such violation and who ultimately face prosecution would be banned for 5 years. Meanwhile foreigners overstaying for more than a year face a 10 year ban.
These new rules give more consideration and a lighter penalty to those foreigners who surrender on their own compared to those who are arrested for violating the country’s rules on the amount of time that they can stay in Thailand.
Apartments, hostels, hotels as well as home owners who lease rooms or homes to foreign individuals are mandated to report the length of stay of these foreigners to the immigration office closest to them. Reporting to the appropriate agency will be made through the internet and such process is needed so the Kingdom can keep track of foreign individuals in the country.