BANGKOK – Foreigners in Thailand who overstay their Visa’s will be put on a blacklist and barred from the country for a period after they leave. According to Thaivisa.com reported that it had seen the proposal detailing the tough new measures for foreigners who overstay in Thailand.
The Phuket News reported that they received confirmation today from a source in Immigration Headquarters, who asked not to be named, that a proposal along these lines has been made to the Ministry of Interior, which is expected to approve it “soon”.
ThaiVisa reported that the proposed measures, which will see foreigners that overstay their visa’s of more than 90 days blacklisted, are as follows:
In the case that alien surrenders themselves:
- Overstay more than 90 days >Forbidden from re-entering the kingdom for 1 year.
- Overstay more than 1 year >Forbidden from re-entering the kingdom for 3 years.
- Overstay more than 3 years > Forbidden from re-entering the kingdom for 5 years.
- Overstay more than 5 years >Forbidden from re-entering the kingdom for 10 years.
- Overstay more than 10 years >Forbidden from re-entering the kingdom for life.
In the case that the alien is being apprehended:
- Overstay for less than 1 year >Forbidden from re-entering the kingdom for 5 years.
- Overstay for more than 1 year >Forbidden from re-entering the kingdom for 10 years
If foreigners “surrender” (usually by presenting themselves at Immigration when leaving the country) they will be barred from returning for a period that will depend on how long they have overstayed. Currently those who overstay are fined B500 a day, up to a maximum of B20,000. Some foreigners who are arrested, detained, or deported are also blacklisted, but this is done on a case-by-case basis.
Immigration has recently taken a number of measures to stop foreign nationals abusing the tourist visa system by doing regular ‘Out/In border runs’ in order to stay in Thailand long-term.
It is thought that many of these work in the country illegally.
News first broke of the crackdown on border runners in Thailand in May, with further confirmation the crackdown would be effective from August 12, 2014. – See Original Story Here