Thailand Blacklist Appeal

Baan Thai Immigration Solutions is your resource for appealing and overturning an entry ban to Thailand.

What is the Thailand immigration “blacklist”?

This term refers to the Thai Immigration Bureau’s process of prohibiting specific non-Thai nationals from entering Thailand. Also known as denial of entry or an entry ban, blacklisting can be appealed and overturned in many cases.

Possible reasons for being blacklisted in Thailand

What to know about being blacklisted by Thailand

First, if you suspect you may have been blacklisted, check before attempting to enter Thailand. Thai embassies do not always have this information and may issue a visa, only for the visa holder to be denied entry on arrival.

Some entry bans can be as short as one year, for example, for overstaying a visa by 90 days. More serious offenses will result in longer bans, sometimes for life. Our experience has shown that for many people who get blacklisted in Thailand, the situation was out of their control and/or based on a misunderstanding with government officials.

The good news is that in many cases, an entry ban can be appealed. The likelihood of winning an appeal varies by the severity of the offense. The bad news is that the appeal and decision-making processes are highly discretionary, and dealing with the right people in the right way is essential.


Appeal Experts

We are an international law firm based in Bangkok that specializes in helping expats live and work in Thailand. If you suspect you are blacklisted, we can investigate. If you have been blacklisted, we can determine if you are eligible for reinstatement and file the motions for your appeal.

Contact us for a free consultation.

As the founder of a business in Thailand, I know my team can handle any challenge Thai officialdom throws at us.

Mark Friedman
Managing Director
Baan Thai Immigration Solutions

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The most obvious way is being informed by Thai immigration upon deportation for some offense. For many people, though, being blacklisted (or not) is a mystery. If you are found guilty of some offense and deported, there will be a stamp in your passport stating the reason for your deportation and the length of the penalty for that offense. This stamp is written only in Thai, so immigration officials in other countries have little chance of understanding it. Unfortunately, the wording used is ambiguous, and many people are left wondering if the notice of deportation will result in denial of future entry.

With “blacklisting,” it’s important to understand that there is no actual list. Rather, special conditions/restrictions are linked to individual passport numbers in Thai Immigration Bureau databases.

Deportation is having the right to reside in Thailand revoked and being forced to leave the country. A deportation stamp will be placed in your passport stating the reason. Blacklisting is being banned from re-entering Thailand. This may be indicated by an additional stamp, or not; immigration officials can use evidence of deportation to deny re-entry.
They are opposites: “Blacklisting” is an entry ban that prohibits a person from entering Thailand; a travel ban prevents a person in Thailand from leaving, usually because they are facing criminal charges and are required to appear in a Thai court.
Lifetime or 100-year bans are rare but not unheard of; they are usually associated with risks to national security. For most people, bans are 1–10 years. In theory, the length of a ban depends on the severity of the offense. This kind of sliding scale can be seen in the overstay penalties: a 90-day overstay equals a one-year ban, a one-year overstay equals a three-year ban, etc.
Thai Immigration Bureau data is digitized including biometrics (fingerprinting and facial imaging) and, in theory, all data is transferred between old and new passports.

We are ready to answer your questions about a blacklist appeal.

Our dedicated and experienced team is ready to help you as we have so many others. Contact us today for your free consultation.