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  • LivinginAD

    Joined Travelfish
    7th April, 2012
    Posts: 5

    Hi

    We're going to Thailand and are staying 33 days. Beeing European I know we get a 30 day visa upon arrival in the airport. And that I can buy a visa for 60 days at the Thai Embassy, where we live.

    BUT it is more than difficult to locate the Thai Embassy here:-( Tried their web-site, but the map they put up is incorrect/old?? Called them (15-20 times at different times/days), but only get a machine. Send an e-mail, wich bounched back. Talked to a lot of people and posted on the Local forum, to see, if anyone can help - was told the Embassy moved and drove around their supposed new place for 45min, without seeing any signs/flags. So getting slightly desperat here........

    Has anyone tried to overstay their visa by 3 days? What happend? Think the fine is 500 THB pr day? (almost the same for the 3 days, as we have to pay for the extra visa)

    TIA

    #1 Posted: 11/7/2012 - 06:32

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  • MADMAC

    Joined Travelfish
    6th June, 2009
    Posts: 6220
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    The danger of overstay is technically you are breaking the law, and could be jailed for it. This is not common, but it does happen. So you could be sitting in a Thai jail when your flight leaves, which would suck. In my view, the risk isn't worth it (even recognizing the risk is small). Either do a border run while you are here, or find the consulate near you and get a sixty day visa.

    #2 Posted: 11/7/2012 - 06:52

  • goonistik

    Joined Travelfish
    7th January, 2010
    Posts: 532

    As far as I know, you can get a 7-day extension if you enter Thailand under the Visa Exemption.

    See item 8 here:
    http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/123/15405-General-information.html

    you will have to apply for the extension here:
    http://www.immigration.go.th/

    #3 Posted: 11/7/2012 - 09:11

  • LivinginAD

    Joined Travelfish
    7th April, 2012
    Posts: 5

    Thank you.

    Husband finally succeded in tracking down the Thai Ambassador - and he is apparently familiar with the probems of finding the Embassy. So outside his house is a box with home-made maps with instructions on how to find it:-S

    Why on earth they do not change the map and adress on their web-page I wil never understand.
    But we'll go there tomorrow to get the visa fixed - do not want to be nerveus about jail or doing visa-run/extension during our vaccation.

    #4 Posted: 11/7/2012 - 10:25

  • sayadian

    Joined Travelfish
    15th January, 2008
    Posts: 1557

    Don't worry Thai gaol is not so bad.As the new guy, of course you are allocated the spot next to the latrine hole but most people are careful with their splatter and someone else will take your place after a few days.

    #5 Posted: 11/7/2012 - 20:58

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