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Visa Question

Posted by Twerto on 28/2/2012 at 16:21

Afternoon,
I have read many things regarding Visa requirements for Thailand and was hoping someone could confirm what exactly I would need.

I am flying into Bangkok at the start of September this year from the Uk (I am a UK Citizen) going to be spending about 10 days in Thailand before moving onto Vietnam for 20 days and then returning to Thailand via Cambodia for a final 10days roughly.

I read that a UK citizen don't need to pay for a visa for the first 30days if arriving by air ( I am dubious about this) but if this is true does this mean i would just need to buy a re entry visa for 15 days?

any guidance is much appreciated as always

Thanks Moi.

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Posted by busylizzy on 28/2/2012 at 18:32

You will be given 30 days on arrival into Thailand when you arrive by plane; you will get 15 days if you arrive by air. Neither of these options will cost you anything.

If you are only spending 10 days in Thailand after each entry, then you won't have any problems.

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Posted by captainbkk on 1/3/2012 at 01:43

but:again the problem is NOT arr in TH-the problem is departing on your plane: the above also makes 1 error: it is 15 days if Arr by LAND-otherwsie it makes no sense.
Most airlines in EUR will want to see an ticket OUT in that 30-day leeway period. This is NOT visa on arrival-thats for minor suspect nationals, like Indians etc.

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Posted by busylizzy on 1/3/2012 at 02:12

Captainbkk is correct - I made an error in my post above. I meant to say that you will get 15 days if you arrive overland. Sorry about the confusion.

Captain is also correct about needing proof of onward travel. An airline may refuse to let you board if you don't have proof of any onward ticket. It generally seems to be an issue on longhaul flights into the SEA region. Once you fly within the region (eg Bkk to Vietnam) the airlines don't seem to be concerned.

Phone the airline on which you will using to fly from UK to Bkk and see what their stance is. You may need to invest in a cheap throwaway ticket. If you get a cheap Air Asia one that you don't use, you are able to claim a small refund (ie the departure tax component).

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Posted by Twerto on 1/3/2012 at 05:02

Hiya, thanks for the info.

I should of said I have already booked my flight back out from Bangkok 6 weeks after i arrive, will this be good enough as proof of leaving or do i need something under the 30days?

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Posted by altmtl on 1/3/2012 at 18:17

I have never been asked for "proof of leaving" as I always have a return ticket, even if it's 3 months later. I applied for a 60 day visa 3 days ago in Laos, and was never asked for proof of onward travel.

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Posted by busylizzy on 1/3/2012 at 19:44

It's hard to say. I was asked by Air Asia for proof when flying from Air Asia to KL recently. In my case, I had proof of onward travel (on Air Asia) that same day from KL to Vientiane. No one asked on my second flight from KL though. It appears to be that you may have to provide that proof on flights into SEA region, but not within SEA region. But that's anecdotal only. The airlines have a requirement to ensure that you have onward tickets within the visa period. It's up to them whether or not they check or let you board. Chances are you will be OK, but....

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