No more ‘visa extensions’ in Patong?
The Patong Immigration Office has apparently stopped issuing visa extensions (extensions to permits to stay) and is referring applicants to the main Immigration office in Phuket City. Is this a temporary or permanent measure? I ask because the Patong Immigration Office has always been very helpful in the past.
The immigration office in Patong does not have enough officers to process extensions to permits to stay throughout its full office hours.
To reduce the number of applications for permits to stay that the Patong office receives, it now accepts applications on Mondays and Fridays only, from 9 am to 2 pm.
Any foreigner who wants to extend his permit to stay should come to the Phuket Immigration Office in Phuket City, which is open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
The Patong Immigration Office is still open Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 3 pm, for other regular services, such as foreigners registering their residential address.
Please note that we will probably close the Patong Immigration Office when the new Phuket Provincial Immigration Office in Phuket City opens later this year because the building that the Patong office is in belongs to Patong Municipality and they want it back.
We do not know exactly when that will be as we have yet to receive notice to vacate the building.
Pol Capt Krissarat Nuesen of the Phuket Provincial Immigration Office.