How to Extend Your Visa at The Immigration Office in Koh Samui
Whether you are a backpacker, digital nomad or just a long term traveler thinking about extending your Thai visa, you will need to do a visa run or visit one of the immigration offices in your area.
If you are based in Koh Tao or Koh Phangan you will need to make a trip to Koh Samui and extend your visa at the local immigration office, unless you cannot extend your visa and need to do a visa run to Malaysia.
Keep reading if you are looking into information about how to extend your visa at the immigration office in Koh Samui.
Getting to Koh Samui
If you are not at Koh Samui already, you will need to take a ferry to get there. You will be probably departing from either Koh Tao or Koh Phangan.
There are several ferry companies transporting travelers between those three islands.
You will want to get one that gets you to the Nathon Pier in Koh Samui, which is the closest to the immigration office.
We used the ferry company Lomprayah.
- In Koh Tao you can find them right next to the ferry terminal (next to 7/11)
- In Koh Phangan they are around 500 meters from the pier (Tambon Ko Pha-ngan, Amphoe Ko Pha-ngan, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84280)
The ferry departs from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui (Nathon Pier) three times a day: 7:20 12:00 14:30
From Koh Tao it leaves around one hour earlier.
The ferry back to Koh Phangan leaves Koh Samui (Nathon Pier) at 11:15, 13:30 and 17:30.
The ferry ticket from Koh Phangan cost 300 thai baht per person for one way. From Koh Tao you will need to pay 700 thai baht.
As soon as you arrive in Koh Samui you have two options on how to get to the immigration office.
- Take a local taxi for 150 Thai baht (one way)
- Rent a scooter for 200 Thai baht for the whole day (just at the beginning of the pier)
We went with the second option and rented a scooter for one and a half days (300 bath) at a rental place called Sccoter Rental.
Requirements for the immigration office in Koh Samui
- Passport Copy of your passport
- copy of your current visa stamp (20 bath)
- Passport Photo (can be done at the Immigration Office for 100 bath)
- Visa Extension Form (is provided at the Immigration Office)
- 1.900 TBH in Cash
Upon arrival, you can take passport pictures of you (in case you don’t have any), make a copy of your passport and fill out the visa extension form.
As a next step, you will submit your documents in the immigration and get wait until your extension gets approved. We waited for about one hour to get our passport back. While waiting for your Thai visa extension, you can get some breakfast and drinks in the small restaurant in front of the immigration office.
Koh Samui immigration office – opening hours
|Monday||8:30 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:30|
|Tuesday||8:30 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:30|
|Wednesday||8:30 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:30|
|Thursday||8:30 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:30|
|Friday||8:30 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:30|
- Boat trip (Koh Phangan to Koh Samui 300 bath or Koh Tao – Koh Samui 700 bath)
- Transport from Nathon Pier to Immigration office in Koh Samui 150 bath one way (or rent a scooter for 200 bath / day)
- A passport photo and passport copy 120 bath
- Thai Visa Extension Fee 1.900 bath
- Total cost between 2.520 and 2.820 bath (in case you need to get passport photos)
The trip to Koh Samui to extend your Thai visa will take you at least half a day. If you have not been in Koh Samui before, I suggest you stay over for at least one night and explore the island, unless you are in a rush. Apart from the busy coast road, driving in Koh Samui’s jungle is an adventure you will never forget.
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We stayed at Samui Zenity, which is a small but cosy hotel with pool and food options close to the immigration office in Koh Samui.
If you haven’t explored the two other islands Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, you should plan to stay a few more days and take explore them. Here is a list of things to do in Koh Tao (the turtle island). You can easily spend at least three days on the island. Go snorkeling, diving or just rent a scooter and check out the viewpoints.
Koh Phangan is the biggest island out of the three and it is famous for the full moon party, which is being organized every month. Thousands of travelers gather here to celebrate. The island itself is very beautiful. Everything is however further apart as on Koh Tao, make sure to keep that in mind when you make your itinerary.
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