Me and my girlfriend are from UK and looking to spend about 8 weeks in Thailand then approx 6 weeks Vietnam and Laos before reentering Thailand for further 8 weeks, after which we're going to Malalysia and Bali before returning to bangkok to get home (we have purchased a return ticket LDN to BKK with date changes)
it seems you can only get 90 days in 6 months although on forums people have suggested that in reality you can obtain multiple tourist visas without any hassle when needed(i.e. you can basically stay indefinitely in Thailand, as long as every 60 days you go to Laos or another border and get a new visa)
could anyone shed any light on this as we've pieced together bits of info from various sources and now have information overload and still don't actually know what to do.
Thanks for your help
#1 MarkUnders has been a member since 6/8/2012. Posts: 3
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When Ilook back sometime 6 years ago, travelers used to pay fine for overstaying justat the airport and depart without any problems but time has changed so therules.
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#2 LaraHelen has been a member since 13/7/2012. Posts: 35
In Thailand the 90 days per six months thing was dropped a few years ago, and only applied to visa exemptions, not actual visas. Many travel websites still contain this outdated policy but it's long-gone now. For your intended travels you should get a double or triple-entry tourist visa in advance. Check out the Thai consulate in Hull. http://www.thaiconsul-uk.com They offer single/double/triple tourist visas for 25/50/75 quid and have a good reputation. Each entry is good for 60 days and can be extended 30 more days at any immigration office in Thailand for 1900 baht. Just make sure you observe the "Enter Before" date on the visa.
Another option is to just get here, then obtain additional Thai visas at the Thai consulate in Vientiane, Laos which issues single and double-entry visas for 1000 baht per entry. It's the most user-friendly Thai consulate in the region. So yes, it's possible to stay and return to Thailand for a long time if you understand and abide by the rules. I've been here for almost nine years (insert smiley face).
For Vietnam, get a visa at the embassy in Bangkok, or if you're in Laos or Cambodia on the way get it at the embassy or consulate in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville. It's usually faster and cheaper than getting it at home. Bring passport-size photos and some USD. For Laos, 30-day visa on arrival costs $35 for UK nationals and just takes a few minutes at any arrival border or airport.
P.S. Ignore LaraHelen - that's a tout trying to drum-up some business.
Thanks for help,will probably go for the laos route, happy days
#4 MarkUnders has been a member since 6/8/2012. Posts: 3