How to extend your Thai visa in Bangkok
UPDATE MAY 2020: It’s easy to Extend Thai Visa in Bangkok. You just need the correct documents, to go to the right place, at the right time, and pay the right amount of money. If you have everything in order, it should take no more than a morning, and you can be done by lunchtime. Check out all the information you need below.
Where do I extend my Thai visa in Bangkok?
You extend your Thai visa in Bangkok at ‘Thai Immigration’ in a place called ‘ChaengWattana’ in Thai. Here’s the google map below. As you can see, it’s not really even in Bangkok City, so it’s quite far out, near Don Mueng Airport.
Thai Immigration Phone: (+66) 0-2141-9889
How to get to Thai immigration/Chaengwattana:
THE CHEAPEST WAY: Take the Bangkok Sky Train to Mo Chit station ($1-$2), and from there use the address above to give to a taxi driver to take you to immigration (about 100 baht taxi fare, $3-$4).
THE EASIEST WAY: Use Grab Taxi (Thailand’s version of Uber), it should cost around 300THB/$10 or so to get there.
Can I extend my Thai visa?
Probably, yes. If you have a standard 14 day, 30 day, or 60-day tourist visa or visa-waiver (one you got on arrival by land or air into Thailand), then yes you can extend by 30 days for 1900 baht ($60)
If you have already extended once, you can get a 7-day emergency extension for another 1900 baht ($60). After that, you HAVE to leave the country and come back. If you need a longer extension, you’re gonna need to do a visa-run to a nearby country. More info here
What do you need to extend your Thai visa?
- 1900 baht (there are ATMs at immigration)
- Copy of Passport, Departure Card, and Entry Stamp (you can get this in the huge building at immigration for 3 cents per page)
- 2 Passport-sized photo (you can get this at immigration too)
- Application Form (provided at immigration)
- Your address and phone number
How long does it take to extend your Thai visa?
It takes around 60 minutes to get there because immigration is so far from the city centre, then aother 60 minutes form-filling, queuing, waiting and another 60 minutes to get back to your hotel/hostel etc, so give yourself the whole morning to sort it out. Sometimes the queue can be huge and it can take another hour or 2 on top of that.
The procedure for extending your Thai visa:
- Queue outside the immigration office within the huge building (pic above)
- When you get in, go to the counter and tell them why you’re there – they’ll give you the appropriate form
- Fill in the form (both sides), attach your passport photo to the form and hand it back to the ladies who gave it to you
- Go through to the next room, queue up for a ticket number
- The ticket number will tell you which counter to sit beside, go there and wait for your number to be called
- Go to the counter, have a quick chat, go back and sit down outside the counter again and wait to be recalled
- Collect your passport, with the overpriced extension and be on your merry way
Immigration opens at 8.30am, so try to be there around 8.15am. It also closes between 12.00-1.00 for a lunch break, so try to get here early enough to get it all organised before that! Good luck.
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