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UK flight to BKK then another flight to Laos - Need to stamp Thai visa?

  • Jleef

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    I was looking at returning to BKK in the next couple of weeks but given the new Foreign Office suggestions, I am now considering hopping on to a flight to Laos or Vietnam as soon as I arrive in BKK, and eventually returning to Thailand when things cool off.

    My 2nd flight will likely be a separate airline from the one that will take me from London to BKK. Will I therefore have to pass through immigrations before checking in to my second airline? I know with connecting flights this is not necessary but as the 2nd flight is probably going to be a completely different operation, I'm wondering if immigration checks are unavoidable?

    The reason I ask is that I already have a 60 day Thai visa which I'd rather not waste on 60 minutes in an airport. Failing the option of somehow bypassing immigration, would I be within my rights to ask for a new visa stamp in order to be able to use my existing 60 day visa at a later date?

    #1 Posted: 27/4/2010 - 21:22

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    No worries, just ask explain things to the immigration official and ask them not to stamp your 60 day visa right now.

    They'll no doubt just give you a free 30 day stamp instead of "activating" your 60 day tourist visa.

    I've done this a few times and have never had any problems.

    #2 Posted: 27/4/2010 - 22:22

  • Jleef

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    Great, thanks!

    I just hope my insurance provider won't object to me basing my trip around BKK airport, otherwise I'll have to base the whole thing around starting and finishing in Vietnam!

    #3 Posted: 27/4/2010 - 22:48

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