Extension of Stay Many foreign visitors to Thailand choose to extend their stay in the Kingdom. In order to stay longer legally, an official extension of stay must be obtained from the Thai immigration authorities. Normally short-term extensions are permitted for tourist and non-immigrant visas. For a foreigner who is not applying for a one-year extension to stay, a seven-day extension can be applied for on a non-immigrant visa.
A 60-day tourist visa can be extended by 30 days. One-year extensions of stay are available for the purpose of business, marriage, education or retirement. Holders of tourist visas must first receive a non-immigrant visa before they are eligible to apply for a long-term extension of stay.
After being in Thailand for 90 days it is possible to apply for an extension of stay, but the regulations differ depending on the type of visa. For a retirement visa this is quite straightforward, although in the case of a business visa more rigorous rules apply.
Lawyers in the Juslaws Immigration Practice can provide advice and assistance on all visa matters, including extension of stay applications.