My partner and I are looking at returning to Thailand shortly for a period of LONGER than 30 days. As such we were looking at getting the Thai tourist visa which allows for a 60 day stay, which is apparently fee free now..
Has anyone got an idea of visa processing time for this visa within Australia?
If we did just end up going into Thailand on a 30day exemption visa, then doing a border run to get another 30 days would this work due to already having visited Thailand twice since the end of 2009? (ie is there a limit to the amount of times you can take advantage of visa exemption within a certain time period?)
For all i know, doing a visa run with a 30 day exemption will only give you 15 more days.
To get a new 30 days on arrival you will have to enter Thailand via an international airport from a country other than the neighbouring ones.
Don't know about processing time for tourist visas in Australia, but try check your nearest Thai embassy website for info.
Hope it helps.
#2 Sampan has been a member since 3/9/2009. Posts: 110
Flying out of Aus to Thailand for more than 30 days the airline will require you to have a visa. At least it's part of regulations and in my experience the Aussies enforce it pretty consitently. Sorry I don't know about visa processing times in Aus but you pretty much should get one.
If you managed to squeak through airline check-in and depart without a visa, and instead get the 30-day visa exemption on arrival, yes you can then do a border run and get 15 more days by land or 30 days if you re-enter Thailand by air.
My girlfriend and I are in a similar situation to you, we are heading back to Thailand from Australia (we are from the UK) and will be staying longer than 30 days. We have applied for a 60 day tourist visa from the Thai Consulate in Adelaide, I went in yesterday, filled out a form and took along 2 x passport photos, a photocopy of the picture page of our passports and our actual passports. You will need to have an idea of which hotel you will be staying at on your first night in Thailand and be able to provide an address of the hotel; I hadn't booked anything so just gave the hotel we stayed at last time on Khao San Rd. You will also need a copy of your flight details or travel plans in to Thailand. Again I didn't have this as we are planning to get a coach from Siem Reap to Bangkok, but this was acceptable.
I left my passport and the form at the consulate yesterday (Tuesday) and was told that the visas would be ready to pick up on Thursday, so a two day turn around. The Tourist Visa is fee free at the moment in Australia.
#4 papill1 has been a member since 3/9/2009. Posts: 1