If you have a Non Immigrant O visa (multiple entry) then you’ll need to leave Thailand every 90 days.
This means every 90 days from the date stamped in your passport by immigration when you enter the country.
In addition to this entry date, you’ll also see the date you need to leave by on this stamp. Note that you can leave the country on the said exit date, but I’d arrange to leave a day or two before, just in case you fall sick or miss a coach or flight.
If you have a Non Immigrant O visa based on marriage, or family in Thailand, you can extend this 3-month rule to 5 months. In other words you can get an extra 60-days, without having to leave the country.
The cost of this is 1,900 Baht, about what you’d pay to a visa run company if you were to do a same day border run, but a hell of a lot cheaper than booking a flight and taking a short holiday somewhere.
To get this extension, you’ll need to take a number of documents. Like all immigration-based processes in Thailand, the goal posts are always shifting, but having done this fairly recently in Bangkok based on marriage, I can confirm what is required in the list below.
Non Immigrant O Extension – Documents Required
- Passport (original).
- Photocopy of passport.
- Photocopy of visa and arrival card (these will be in your passport).
- House certificate / copy of lease agreement at the condo you stay in. (Take the original if you have it). If this is your condo lease agreement, it must have your signature and the owners signature on it. A piece of paper stating your address, the deposit you paid and the amount you pay each month is not enough. It must be a proper agreement.
- Wife’s Tabien Baan (copy is fine) – this is the house document for the home she is officially registered as living in Thailand.
- Wife's ID card (original to be shown, also have a copy with you). If security tries to take this from your wife at the entrance in exchange for a card, be sure to tell them you need it to show the immigration officer. We ran into this issue and had to retrieve it.
- Marriage Certificate (original and copy) – Make sure you take the original because I nearly came unstuck only having a copy last time.
*Please note: I wasn’t asked to show it this time, but previously I was asked for a copy of my daughter’s passport and birth certificate, so if you have a child, take those too.
**If you are extending based on having a child and not marriage, you will need your child with you, the child's mother to accompany you, your child's passport, child's birth certificate, wife's ID card and Tabien Baan (copy should be fine). Do your best to get hold of the originals or you might be refused.
Where to Extend Your Non-Immigrant O Visa in Bangkok
If you’re based in Bangkok, do to a Non-Immigrant O visa extension you’ll need to go to Cheang Wattana government complex, building B. This is located about 1 KM to the rear of building A, the place where Thais get their passports and foreigns apply for marriage affirmations.
You need entrance number 1. Walk in and go straight. You'll see two customer service ladies sitting at a posh desk on your left-hand side. As you walk straight you'll quickly be faced by a huge open space in front of you, which is quite a spectacle.
Instead of walking out into the big space, as the wall on your right ends, bear to the right and walk straight. Soon you'll come face to face with immigration. You'll be looking in through the side window. Walk round to the right and you'll see the door.
Go up to the counter inside and explain that you are there to extend your Non Immigrant O visa for 60 days. They will give a form. Fill it in quickly and then proceed inside to get yourself a ticket.
If you can get away with it, once you have your form, walk through into the second room and get a ticket, then sit down and fill out your form. This way you will join the queue as quickly as possible and bypass those people still filling in their forms.
Head towards my big red arrow in the picture below….
Chaeng Wattana Immigration Address:
The Govenment Complex , B Building , Floor 2 (South Zone) Chaengwattana Road (Soi 7) , Laksi , Bangkok 10210.
What Not to Do – My 6 Top Tips
1. Don't get there after 12pm. The staff break for lunch for an hour at 12pm, which means if you don't have a place in the queue by then you could risk not getting this done in one day.
2. Don't get angry or rude with the staff. Thai officials demand respect, it's what the job is all about – levels. They will exercise their authority at any sign of rudeness. Be courteous, bite your tongue, and if you're refused an extension of stay don't make a scene.
3. Don't expect to get any favours. Everything is done by the book. If you are missing a document, you will 9 times out of 10 come away empty handed.
4. Don't mumble on expecting to be understood in English. Speak clearly and concisely using basic English the officer is likely to understand. It will really help if you can speak Thai, but if you can't, try and get someone to accompany you who can.
5. I know this a tad superficial, and I've nothing against relaxed clothing, but don't turn up in flip flops and a Chang Beer vest. Put on some jeans and a casual top and make yourself presentable. You will be far better received and more likely to get help should your application have a problem.
6. Lastly, don't forget to sign all your photocopies. You wife needs to sign hers too.
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