Here’s a little Thailand Visa secret for married men residing in Thailand witrhout a visa, I know that many of you will scoff and say that it’s no secret, but by the same token, many may might be thankful for this little snippet concerning married men and the Thailand Visa Exemption, aka “visa waiver”.
To the point then, a married man can aquire a 60 day extension on on his 30 day visa exempt/visa waiver/permission to stay in Thailand. First let’s make clear what the visa exempt/ visa waiver is. Nationals from most western countries are allowed to enter Thailand without needing to acquire a visa before entering or upon entering, you simply enter with your passport, an outward bound flight ticket and TM card, upon which you will receive a 30 day permission to stay stamp.
How to the extension on a Visa Exemption entry.
To qualify, you need to be married to a Thai, you need your wife to accompany to you local immigration office with the following documents.
- Your passport.
- 2 copies of the page with your entry stamp and TM card.
- 2 copies of your passport front page (photo page).
- 2 passport photos of yourself.
- Marriage certificate (Thai version) + 2 copies.
- Wife’s Thai ID card + 2 copies of front and back.
- House Book (Tabien Bahn) + 2 copies any pages containing data.
- Completed form and 1900 Baht.
If you are in rented property you will need the rental agreement, you may also need a letter from the property owner to verify that are still living at the address. If your wife changed her name after marriage you should take the relevant paperwork as well.
Do not assume this information is correct, the requirements may vary from office to office and personal circumstances. Visa regulations change rapidly and repeatedly in Thailand, so please telephone or call in to your local immigration office, explain your situation, what you would like to do, and ask what paperwork is required.
Please note: you can not get the 60 day extension consecutively, you must leave and re-enter the country before you can apply for another 60 extension.
I posted this information only as a rough guide, and possibly save you some money, I have done countless unnecessary visa runs and paid unscrupulous visa companies for what they call a “special visa”. I only learned about this 60 day extension based on marriage while talking to a friend, turns out that conversation has saved me a lot of money.