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Re-entry when you've already used a single entry visa?

  • mtothes

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    26th April, 2013
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    Hi all,

    After ringing the Thai embassy in London and waiting on hold for half an hour to no avail, I thought I would ask you guys.

    I'm going to be in Thailand in June for about 20 days (overland via Malaysia).

    I then want to travel through Laos and Vietnam, re-entering Thailand via Cambodia in late July.

    Am I right in thinking I should get a single entry tourist visa in advance for my first visit (20 days) and then I'll be able to get the 15 day visa waiver when I return in July? Or do I need a double entry visa?

    I read somewhere that you need to use all 60 days on a tourist visa for you to be able to claim a visa waiver on re-entry - is this true?

    Thanks for your help!

    #1 Posted: 26/4/2013 - 08:50

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  • Captain_Bob

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    "I read somewhere that you need to use all 60 days on a tourist visa for you to be able to claim a visa waiver on re-entry - is this true?"

    No it isn't. The visa expires when you leave Thailand. Then at any given time entering Thailand regardless of previous visas/entries you can get a visa-exempt entry, provided your nationality qualifies for it. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Thailand

    "I'm going to be in Thailand in June for about 20 days (overland via Malaysia)"

    If you enter Thailand by land border visa-free you get only 15 days (exception being if you are Malaysian entering from Malaysia you get 30 days).

    "Am I right in thinking I should get a single entry tourist visa in advance for my first visit (20 days) and then I'll be able to get the 15 day visa waiver when I return in July? Or do I need a double entry visa?"

    If entering by land and not Malaysian national you would either want to get a tourist visa in advance or just get the 15 days free then extend at Immigration 7 days for 1900 baht. Re-entering Thailand from Cambodia visa-exempt you'll get 15 days. No worries.

    #2 Posted: 26/4/2013 - 09:45

  • mtothes

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    26th April, 2013
    Posts: 3

    Great, cheers for your help mate!

    Also, I don't need exact dates when applying for the visa do I?

    #3 Posted: 26/4/2013 - 10:06

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