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South African citizens can enter Thailand without a Visa. This is called a "Tourist Visa Exemption". Just show up at the airport with your passport and you will be given a stamp that will last for 30 days from the date of entry. You may extend this visa for an additional 30 days while in Thailand.
You can also apply for a 60 day Tourist Visa either online, or at the nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate in your country before entering Thailand.
For citizens of South Africa, you will need the following documents:
Unless you get an extension, you are not allowed to remain in Thailand past the visa expiration date.
"Overstaying" is when you remain in Thailand past your visa expiration date without an extension. When you are departing the airport you will pay a fine of 500 THB for each day that you overstay up to 20,000 THB. Howevever if you are caught, the consequences are more serious.
If you are caught before you depart Thailand, you can be placed in a detention center until you pay the overstay fine and depart Thailand. If you have overstayed for just a few days, please leave Thailand immediately. If you have overstayed over 90 days, then seek legal help immediately! In any case, if you are not caught, and you are departing Thailand at a land border or airport you will not be detained. Just pay the fine on your way out. If you overstay more than 90 days, you can be banned from Thailand for between 1-10 years, depending on the length of overstay. Additionally with any overstays, you could be denied future long stay visas.
As a citizen of South Africa, you may be eligible for one extension of your tourist visa, visa exemption or visa on arrival. The length of the extension will depend on what kind of visa you have and which country you are from. Additionally, it is up to the Immigration officer to give you the extension or not. Here is what you will need to do:
Yes. You can enter Thailand by land border up to 2 times pear year and by airport 7 times per year. Depending on the circumstances, these numbers can change. However if you enter in and out of Thialand to often, Immigration officers can request that you look into getting a long term visa, such as retirement, elite visa, or business visa.
This visa is the most popular type of retirement visa for citizens of South Africa wanting to spend their best years in Thailand. Basic requirements are 800,000 THB in the bank, or proof of 65,000 THB income each month being deposited into a Thai bank. This visa is renewable every year and you can go in and out of Thailand at will (with a re-entry permit).
You may be eligible for other kinds of long stay visas in Thailand. Here are some other visa types suitable for South African citizens:
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