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I read on https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/thailand/thailand-60-day-tourist-visa/#How_to_extend_your_stay_for_30_more_days_without_getting_a_Thailand_tourist_visa:

Can I extend my tourist visa in Thailand? If you entered Thailand and received a 30 day stamp in your passport (this is called a 30 day visa exemption) – you can also extend a 60 day tourist visa by 30 days to a total of 90 days for the same fee – you can extend this stamp a further 30 days at any Thailand immigration centre for a fee of 1900 Baht.

Can one extend one's 30-day visa-free stamp any time before the stamp's expiration one wants or can one extend it only when close to the expiration? For example, can one extend the 30-day visa-free stamp just the day after getting the stamp when entering Thailand?

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  • what date did you enter thailand? What country is your passport from? – Jon Grah Mar 30 '20 at 3:53
  • @JonGrah French citizen. I entered Thailand about 10 days ago, but curious to know from when one can apply for the extension. – Franck Dernoncourt Mar 30 '20 at 4:10
  • side question: how were you allowed into the country, considering the current bio-political landscape caused by covid-19. Especially from France. Where/how did you arrive? what was it like passing through immigration. – Jon Grah Mar 30 '20 at 7:02
  • @JonGrah Arrived before border closure. Nobody even checked my temperature at the airport and masks weren't compulsory in the plane/airport. I first was aiming to go to Taipei but my passport was too wet for it. travel.stackexchange.com/q/155092/1810 thanks for the answer by the way! – Franck Dernoncourt Mar 30 '20 at 7:03
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Normally between 15-30 days of the extension expiration date, you apply for the extension. Some offices will turn you away if they deem it is too early. But 15-30 days is the normal time.

For a 1 year extension of stay, I've seen up to 45 days early as being acceptable.

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