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Philippine Passport Holder? Here’s How to Extend Your Tourist Visa in Thailand

Thailand Visa Extension

Filipinos entering Thailand by air are granted a 30-day stay. Those entering Thailand by land are granted a 15-day stay. I was expecting to be granted with 30 days everytime I visit Thailand but they would always give me 28 days.But, what if you want to extend your tourist visa and stay in Thailand for another 30 days?

So far, Thailand is my favorite country next to the Philippines. I’ve been here twice just this year and stayed for almost 2 months during my first visit. It was in December 2016 when I had my first visa extension experience. Believe me, I was worried it would not be granted. Hearing the word “immigration” was like torture to me. LOL! But, why should I be afraid? I don’t have any plans of violating the law in Thailand and I’m here only to travel. Anyway, I really prepared myself in case the immigration officer would ask me about some stuff.

If you’re paying the immigration a visit soon, just be confident and honest. I’m sure you wouldn’t be in trouble.

What do you need to bring to the immigration office?

  • Passport or travel document with validity period of at least 6 months following the intended date of departure
    • You also need to photocopy your passport details, the page where you have your arrival stamp and TM 6 form or departure form, then sign the paper.
  • Visa application form
    • You can download TM 7  form here.
  • Recent photo (4 x 6)
    • Paste it on TM 7 form.
  • Round trip flight tickets
    • Although they didn’t ask me for these, prepare your round trip tickets just in case.
  • Sufficient travel fund (at least 20,000 baht per person and 40,000 baht per family)
    • They didn’t ask me for this either but prepare it.

In case you forget to photocopy your documents, or have your photo taken, don’t worry because you can visit the building’s ground floor. The area also has coffee shops, restaurant, convenience store, and banks.

Note that consular officers may request for additional documents deemed necessary.  You may file an application for a 30-day extension at any immigration office in Thailand. Visa extension fee is THB1,900 which is non-refundable even if you get denied.

How to get to the immigration office in Bangkok?


victory monument

Victory monument


The immigration office is located at The Government Complex Commemorating His Majesty, B Building, Floor 2 (South Zone) Chaengwattana Road (Soi 7), Laksi, Bangkok 10210.

  • From Victory Monument, ride on the 166 bus. It will drop you off directly at the Government complex.
    • Travel time is around 40 minutes depending on traffic
    • Fare is 18Baht
  • Once you get inside the building, turn left. You will instantly notice the long queue on this part of the building.
  • You can also try to get a cab or Uber from Victory Monument. Expected cost is around 150-200baht depending on traffic.
  • If you’re fortunate, you can catch the free shuttle back to the Victory Monument

Another thing that I love about Thailand is the consistency and the efficiency of the immigration office. Not to mention the massive Government building houses a number of ministry offices. It’s like a one-stop shop where you can process all your concerns. I wish we have something like this in the Philippines.

The immigration office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am. Cut-off time is 3:30 pm.


Government complex

Government complex

What is the process for extending your Tourist Visa?

I didn’t expect that it would be easy. During my first visit, I went to the immigration office before 8:00 am and the queue was already long. On my second visit, I arrived at past 9:00 am. The line was still long and waiting time was the same.

Step 1: Make sure that your requirements are complete. You don’t need to go the information counter. Go directly to the line for obtaining a number. The immigration officer will check your documents. Once approved, you will get a number.

Step 2: Look for your assigned counter and wait for at least 45 minutes. Well, based on my experience, I waited for 45 minutes. It could be faster or slower depending on the number of people.

Step 3: When it’s your turn, submit your requirements. I didn’t ask any question. I just paid 1,900 baht and had my photo taken.

Step 4: You need to wait for another 15 minutes outside the counter and wait for your name to be called out.

Step 5: Once your name was called out, congratulations! You can now stay in Thailand for 30 more days.

There you go! If you’re planning to stay longer in #AmazingThailand, just follow this guide and please leave on your promised date. Let us not damage the image of Filipinos in Thailand, so everyone will enjoy the same benefits of getting an easy tourist visa extension.


Thailand tourist visa extension

Thailand tourist visa extension approved!


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  • Hi cai

    First thank you for this aticle. But my situation is a bit different am getting married to an english man who is retired here in the philippines bur he want to stay in thailand for a year. Iam totally dependent kn there any visa that will suit in oursituation?

    Thanks janie

    • Hello Janie,

      Thank you for reading my article, I”m not 100% sure about your situation but I know there is a non-immigrant visa in Thailand which allows you to stay for 90 days then reapply every 90 days. The best thing is to go to immigration and ask about this visa type. Enjoy Thailand!

  • I just would like to say I went to the Immigration today and had my 30-day visa extension. Yay! Thanks again for writing about this for Philippine passport holders.

  • Hi Cai,

    I cannot stress enough how thankful I am that you wrote about this. Glad I came upon this article as I read before that only some countries are allowed 30-day tourist visa extensions and that Philippine passport holders was not one of those.

    Anyway I have some questions and I would appreciate it if you could answer them. When the requirement says 20,000 baht for sufficient travel fund, can I just photocopy proof of my earnings for this? The reason I’m asking is I am an Upwork freelancer and I would get my earnings weekly and in a month it amounts to 28,000 baht or 35,000 baht; it’s just that I get it weekly.

    Another concern I have is about the round trip ticket. Shouldn’t it just be the one-way ticket to Philippines?

    Also, before I came upon your article, I have been traveling to Vietnam (3 months single entry) and then Thailand (29 days) – it’s just between those two countries for the past 9 months. Is it possible to have an departure ticket that’s Vietnam as a destination and not the home country?

    • Hello Romny,

      Sorry for the late reply and thank you for reading my article. For 20,000 baht, I did my extension 3x and they never asked me to show y travel fund, I’m not sure if Photocopy is enough, but to be always on the safe side, I always bring enough money.

      For roundtrip ticket, they don’t ask me this either. But my ticket that time if I’m correct was Singapore not going to the Philippines. so departure as Vietnam is I think okay.


  • Hello. A 2-way ticket is required before leaving the Philippines. If I wish to extend my tourist visa for another 30 days, should I already book a ticket dated after 60 days? Thank you.

    • Hello An,

      Yes, our immigration is looking for return ticket. What I did when I leave the country. My return ticket was dated more or less 60 days. Medyo matananong ang immigration kasi matagal ang stay. But you just need to prove them that youre capable of traveling that long 🙂

  • Do you think we can entry more than 3 times in a thailand per year?thank you.i’m Inlove in this country.second to Philippines

    • Hello I remember I enter 3x from December to May. I never had any issues. If you’re doing anything illegal nothing to worry 🙂 I so love Thailand too 🙂

  • Great write-up! Thanks.

    Do you know how many extensions a Filipino can get on one visit?

    Are there longer visa options, like a 3 month or 6 month Visa for Filipinos?

    • I’m not sure if there is 3 or 6 months. But I did it twice on the same visit: 🙂

      • So you were able to get 3 months in total by using (2) 30-day extensions while you were there?

  • Hi Cai,

    May I kindly know if it’s okay to do my extension 2 weeks before my current 30day stay expire? I plan to extend mine this coming Monday 21-August. Thank you in Advance.


    • Hello Frank,

      I don’t think there is any issue with that. I usually extend my visa a week before the expiration. 🙂

  • Hi Cai,

    First, thank you for this article. We are planning to go to Thailand for the first time and stay there for about 3 months. Is it okay if the return date in our ticket is 3 months from entry? Will there be no questions from the immigration officer at the airport? Because the initial maximum stay is 30 (or 28) days but our return ticket is 3 months later? We will apply for visa extensions once we are already in Bangkok.

    Thanks in advance.

    Manila, Philippines

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