I’m flying to Korea on Christmas day for 3 weeks in South Korea, one week in North Korea and then a trip to North Eastern China for the ice festival in Haerbin. I’m currently in Bangkok and my visa expired yesterday, but I don’t fly from Bangkok until next week so I needed to extend my visa. For anyone else who needs to extend their Thai visa in Bangkok, or needs to check into immigration every 90 days – this is where you need to do it:
Thai Immigration Phone: (+66) 0-2141-9889
Google map HERE
NOTE: The old immigration office is Soi Suan Phlu, Sathorn Tai Road, Bangrak, Bangkok. DO NOT GO HERE!! This is now effectively closed.
How to get to Thai immigration:
The easiest way is to 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).
Can I extend my Thai visa?
Probably, yes. If you have a standard 14 day or 30 day visa (one you got on arrival by land or air into Thailand), then you can extend your visa for a maximum of 7 days only. It costs 1900 baht ($60).
If you have a 60 day visa that you got from an embassy or consulate in your home country, or another country, you can extend your visa for another 30 days. Again , this costs 1900 baht ($60)
What do you need to extend your visa?
1900 baht (atms at immigration)
Copy of Passport, Departure Card, and Entry Stamp (can get this in the huge building at immigration for 3 cents per page!)
1 Passport-sized photo (can get this at immigration too)
Application Form (provided at immigration)
Your address and phone number
How long does it take to extend your visa?
It takes around 60 minutes to get there, 60 minutes form-filling, queuing, waiting and another 60 minutes to get back to your hotel/hostel etc, so give yourself the morning to sort it out.
The procedure for extending your visa:
1) Queue outside the immigration office within the huge building (pic above)
2) When you get in, go to the counter and tell them why you’re there – they’ll give you the appropriate form
3) 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
4) Go through to the next room, queue up for a ticket number
5) The ticket number will tell you which counter to sit beside, go there and wait for your number to be called
6) Go to the counter, have a quick chat, go back and sit down outside the counter again and wait to be recalled
7) 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 so bear that in mind too. Good luck!!