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Extending 15 day overland visa exemption in Thailand
23rd November, 2009
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I wanted to find out if I could get a tourist visa or somehow extend my overland 15 day visa exemption from within Thailand. I found similar questions but no definitive answers on this venerable website, so I decided to go to the immigration office in Bangkok to see for myself, here's what I found out.
Of course, if this question has been answered somewhere then please delete the post.
Basically you can get a 7 day extension on the 15 day overland exemption, costing you 1,900 baht, and that's it. I thought I might be able to get a tourist visa from within the country but that isn't the case. So if you come overland into Thailand without the tourist visa the maximum you can stay is 22 days.
Also I'm not sure if it's been pointed out here, but the address for the immigration bureau on its official website is completely wrong (I found out the hard way). The entire operation has moved to a brand new government mega-complex at the following address:
Government Center, B Building, Chaengwattana Rd, Soi 7
Hope that helps, Chris
#1 Posted: 23/11/2009 - 19:01
Thanks for the report back -- good info.
#2 Posted: 24/11/2009 - 07:53
24th October, 2011
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Does anyone know if you can extend the overland 15-day exemption at other immigration offices? Or does it only happen in Bangkok? I'm coming in from Malaysia in January and I may just get a visa if I can only extend in Bangkok.... I'm really not sure how much island time I am going to want!
#3 Posted: 8/11/2011 - 14:31
You can extend you visa at any immigration office. If you are coming from Malaysia you might want to consider going to a Thai consulate ( Penang /KL) and obtaining a free 60 day visa ahead of time. I did this last year in Penang and it only took one day. You won't have to think about extensions unless, of course, you want to stay longer!
#4 Posted: 8/11/2011 - 23:23
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