So you’ve got your Thai tourist visa and have spent weeks enjoying the beautiful beaches and great food of Thailand. What now? You don’t want to leave just yet! (We don’t blame you).
The tourist visa is extendable for 30-days, and we have put together a comprehensive checklist of what you need in order to get it done.
We just extended ours at immigration here in Koh Samui, Surat Thani, and although the process applies to the office here – the procedure should be the same country-wide.
What you need to renew your Thai Tourist Visa
First of all there are a few things you need to bring with you to the offices, these are:
- Your passport with at least 6 months of validity left, at least 2 empty pages for stamps, as well as the original visa
- Your TM6 departure card (the little slip of paper that you fill in when you arrive)
- 1,900 THB for the processing fee
- A passport photo (this CAN be taken at the offices, but will definitely speed up the process if you bring your own)
- A full Thai address and Thai phone number (simply the name of a hotel is not sufficient)
- A photocopy of the photo page of your passport as well as a photocopy of your visa in your passport on the same page as your TM6 card (both of these need to be signed)
- Visa extension form. This will be printed out and ready for you at immigration, so there is no need to source this beforehand!
The process itself is very straight forward. We grabbed all the things we needed and got on our trusted scooter to the immigration office. The location is easy to find on google maps, but we have popped the address in here in case you need it!
This is for the Koh Samui offices which encompasses much of Surat Thani immigration. The opening hours are 08:30-16:30 Monday to Friday, and it is closed between 12-13 every day for lunch.
Process of renewing Thai Tourist Visa
Once you arrive you can already see people queueing outside. This aside, things still appeared very organised. A lady at the door asks what you are there for and directs you in the right direction whilst providing you with a little sticker if you are below the temperature requirement to enter.
As soon as you enter all hands are on deck. They give you the correct paperwork to fill in, and also come to help you fill everything in. This was helpful, as some of you may agree that Thai paperwork isn’t always laid out the most comprehensive way!
Once paperwork is filled in, your passport photo is placed on the document, the photocopies are made and signed, and everything is in place – they check it all over for you and give you a ticket number and ask you to pop upstairs.
The waiting room and the offices are located upstairs. Take a seat, take a breather, and enjoy the air conditioned waiting room whilst numbers are called out. When it is finally your turn, all you have to do is give them the little pile of papers that were checked over downstairs, your passport, and the other requirements we mentioned. They will quickly check these over, ask for the 1900 THB fee, take a photo on the webcam for their systems and provide you with another number to retrieve your passport when it’s all done.
Once paid, our passports took around 20 minutes to be ready with their new stamps inside. It was as simple as that!
Timings of renewing Thai Tourist Visa
The whole process took about 2 hours. We went on a Friday afternoon which turned out to be a mistake. We would definitely recommend going earlier in the morning and avoiding Mondays and Fridays.
If you have any questions or need any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us, we will do our best to help!
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