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Thailand tourist travel tangle!

Posted by emma066 on 12/4/2010 at 20:57

I'm flying from Hanoi to Bangkok in July. I am planning on spending around 2 weeks on islands and then getting a train from Surat Thani down to Malaysia. Obviously I'll book my ticket when i'm there, so my question is, what if immigration in Bangkok refuse entry because we don't have onward travel proof?

Has this happened to anyone? What can we say/do if questioned?

Thanks

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Posted by bedu on 4/5/2010 at 10:49

They rarely check, so don't worry.
If they did, you'd just do buy a very cheap Air Asia ticket, show it as proof and then refund it if you can, use it or throw it away.

But I have never heard of Thai immigration asking for onward proof, rather just to see if you have sufficient funds to cover the cost of your trip. So you could explain if they asked.

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Posted by DLuek on 5/5/2010 at 00:54 TF writer

Even if they did ask, the very fact that you have a plan as to how you'll leave the country would be enough to satisfy them.

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Posted by gardensnail on 5/5/2010 at 15:32

Hi,
We are planning on entering Thailand in early June. Is it better to fly to Krabi from KL or enter a a land border? I understand a land crossing will only get you a 2 week visa.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I would most like to avoid have to spend a day or more to renew our visas.

Ta

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Posted by bedu on 6/5/2010 at 09:30

It's not a visa, it's a visa exemption valid for 15 days.

Why don't you just buy a 60 day tourist visa beforehand? You might spend a day or so getting it (unless you used an agent), but believe me, border runs are either expensive or a hassle.

If you're from the UK then use the Hull Consulate, you can post your passports and they will post them back (you must provide a return envelope with pre-paid postage), takes about 2 to 3 days (or so I've experienced).

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Posted by gardensnail on 6/5/2010 at 16:01

Thanks Bedu,

I live in Australia. The Thai consulate in Sydney said they don't "do post".

A friend suggested Thai Consulate in Malaysia.

Laos Embassy worked as you suggested. Thai embassy doesn't grant visas only the consulate in Sydney.

Is that visa exemption for airport arrival, land crossing or both?

Thanks again for your help. The information on the internet from the Thai embassy site is quite variable.

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Posted by bedu on 6/5/2010 at 22:08

No, by air gets you 30 days, land entry is 15 days.

In Malaysia, they seem to be fussy, go in and be polite, wearing clean clothes and with the correct paperwork.

Have fun, good luck and message me if you're stuck.

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Posted by gardensnail on 7/5/2010 at 06:46

Thanks Bedu

We are old, snow birds, so Asians generally are very respectful.

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Thanks very much for your advice.

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Posted by catherine25 on 7/6/2010 at 22:15

We are entering Thailand from Siem Reap by land so will get a 15 day visa but then we are flying from Bangkok to Phuket, does anyone know if we will then get a 30 day visa when we land in Phuket?

Thanks

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Posted by SBE on 8/6/2010 at 03:05

Hi Catherine,

No you won't. You only get a free 30 day stamp if you're arriving by air from outside the country. Bangkok to Phuket is a domestic flight, like London to Manchester.

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Posted by catherine25 on 11/6/2010 at 00:10

Thanks for your reply!

I thought that might be the case but wanted to check. We are leaving in 2weeks so wont have time to get a visa before we leave now. Can you get one of the free visas in Thailand? Or in Vietnam or Cambodia as we will be there beforehand? I am just worried at the minute we are thinking 2weeks but would worry incase we wanted to stay longer on the islands!

Thanks!

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Posted by SBE on 11/6/2010 at 00:36

You can't get a proper 60 day tourist visa in the country where it be used (ie Thailand) but you can get one in any Thai consulate outside the country. so you could get one in either Vietnam or Cambodia. You generally need to allow a couple of days for processing. (Give in passport in the morning, collect the following afternoon).

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Posted by catherine25 on 11/6/2010 at 22:21

Brilliant, will try that! Thanks very much!

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