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  • heddenswest

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    7th January, 2011
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    Hi all!

    I will be traveling from Malaysia into Thailand by train in August and would like to spend more than the allotted 15 days in Thailand (visa for overland is stated 15 day allowance). I understand I can obtain an official Thai travel visa in Penang, Malaysia but it requires proof of a departure (flight) out of Thailand. I do not have a flight out of Thailand as I will be continuing onward on a bus to Laos.
    Does anyone have experience applying for this kind of visa and is it possible to get without having a departing flight? How strictly is that enforced?
    Any additional thoughts or recommendations?

    Many thanks!

    #1 Posted: 4/7/2011 - 09:30

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  • Captain_Bob

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    The Thai consulate in Penang's visa policies have fluctuated over the years. Sometimes they require proof of air travel out of Thailand and sometimes they don't. I've obtained visas there under both conditions, but not very recently so can't say for sure now. Of course you can also get visas at the Embassy in KL or there's another consulate in Kota Bharu and each place can enforce policies at their discretion. Hate to send you on a wild goose chase but you can at least give it a shot. Otherwise if you fly into Thailand you can get 30 days visa exempt (15 by land). Other options could apply depending on how long you actually want to be in Thailand. The consulate in Vientiane Laos for example doesn't require proof of air ticket and even does double entry visas. Or else you just do border hops every 15 days which is quite a pain in the backside. At least good to know your options.

    #2 Posted: 4/7/2011 - 12:39

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