VISA extensions are pretty straightforward. However, if you’re a first timer or haven’t processed one for a few years, it can be a bit confusing.
Here’s the deal.
1. You have to make copies of:
a. Passport Data Page
b. TM 6 . Departure Card
c. Customs Stamp with Date
d. Thai VISA
e. 1x VISA Photo
You can fill this out at the Government Center or you can complete the form at home/hotel and bring it with you. I recommend completing it at your home or hotel, printing it out and bringing it with you.
(tm7 copy . You can fill in the Text boxes on this form and print it out at your hotel or home.)
Once you have all of the forms and scans printed out, you take a taxi out to the Government Center.
If you are an experienced Bangkok tourist, you can take the BTS to Mo Chit and get a Taxi from there as well.
As you enter the Government Center, you’ll be required to scan your passport and pass through a metal detector. You’ll also need to pass any bag that you are carrying through the their scanner.
There are always lines but they’re pretty fast.
Once you have passed through security, you’ll see the Immigration Office to your immediate righthand side. Enter the door and you’ll see a counter on the righthand side at which you’ll have your documentation screened. If all is good to go, they’ll pass you through to the Number Counter. Hand that person your packet, he/she will screen it quickly and, if all is well, hand you a number with a section and number.
For VISA extensions, you’ll go to J Section. Specifically, j23 – J25. Grab a seat and wait for . your number to be called. There is a digital screen on which numbers are posted and an overhead announcement which will vocally announce the same information.
“Number 45 at J23”
Once your number is called, you head to the desk associated with your number. The official behind that desk will screen your documentation one more time. You’ll sign two documents. She’ll ask you to look into the camera to take a photo. She’ll ask you for the 1,900baht fee. After that, she’ll ask you to take a seat in the waiting area.
Depending on how busy they are, you’ll receive your passport with the extension stamp a short while later. I waited about ten minutes for them to call my name and receive my passport.
The extension stamp will look like the highlighted area below.
After you have finished, you walk outside and grab a taxi. I recommend heading to Mo Chit BTS and getting home from there. You’ll miss all of the lovely Bangkok traffic on the BTS.
A word about the Government Center. There are plenty of restaurants, stores and ATMs there. Downstairs on the righthand side are stores and venders that will make VISA photos for you or make copies if you’ve forgotten or lost a document on the way. Almost anything you need can be purchased there. There is also a 7-ll downstairs and a fairly large cafeteria if you like that kind of food. No McDonald’s though.
Up stairs in the center of the building is a large market selling everything. They even had a Tupperware seller. I didn’t know Tupperware was still in business!
If you have any question, please feel free to ask. I’ll try to help as well as I can.