This is a quick update about the extension of my Thai Tourist Visa. Last time I have mentioned that I went to the Thai Immigration Office in Chiang Mai and found out that I could only extend my Exemption Visa for just 7 days instead of 30 days. But, if it was the Tourist Visa I could have extended for 30 days. That’s why me and my fiance decided to fly out from Thailand to Malaysia, Penang and applied for the 60-day Thai Tourist Visa and later on I can extend another 30 days in Thailand if I want. Time flies and it is almost the end of my visa. Literally, my visa will be expired on 23rd this month, but me and my fiance didn’t want to do the extension around the Christmas time and this time we wanted to make sure we have enough time to deal with any “emergency”. You know, I couldn’t feel fully relaxed until I had my 30 -day Extension Visa actually stamped on my passport thus we went to the Immigration Office in Bangkok yesterday.
We are staying in On Nut, we first took the BTS to Mo Chit, around 35 minutes (THB 42), then took the taxi around 20 to 25 minutes (THB 110/ return ride THB 130)) to reach the Bangkok Immigration Office at The Government Complex Commemorating His Majesty The King Chaengwattana.
Immigration Division 1, working hours: from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 12noon, 1pm to 4:30pm; Closed on official holidays.
Required Documents for the Visa Extension in Thailand:
-1 copy of the Main Page of the passport (the page with your picture)
-1 copy of the departure card (TM6 form; the one the immigration officer attached on your passport during your arrival)
-1 copy of the arrival stamp
-1 copy of the Tourist Visa
-1 Passport Photo (4cm x 6 cm)
-Visa Extension Application Form (TM7)
-Application fee THB 1,900
We didn’t prepare any copies of the documents, but there are 2 shops at the basement which provide photo taking and copy service. Copies of all documents costed THB 8; THB 100 for 4 photos.
After we have done all the copies, we went back up to the Office. We lined up at the Information Counter to get the application form and filled up the form at the desk area. After filling up the form, we lined up for the ticket to submit the form. The officer will check all the documents before giving you the right ticket to assign you to the right department. We received the tickets which had the numbers on them and processed to the right area to wait for the call. We arrived at the office around 10am and waited around 2 hours to submit the form and the relevant document copies. When it was my time to hand-in the form, I even asked the officer to make sure I was applying for 30 days extension, the officer had a nice smile on his face and gave me a positive answer. I felt a bit stupid asking this question, but you know, I didn’t want to waste my THB 1900 to just extend for 7 days, no harm to ask, right? 15 minutes later, just right before the lunch break, we have retrieved my passports and the new visa stamps were in both passports. Finally, a big weight had been lifted from my shoulders. And now, we are getting ready to have a hot Christmas in Bangkok and welcome the New Year 2017!
Bangkok Immigration Office Address: The Govenment Complex Commemorating His Majesty , B Building , Floor 2 (South Zone) Chaengwattana Road (Soi 7) , Laksi , Bangkok 10210