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Advice for our new Visa breakdown and scams website

Posted by clemworldwide on 8/4/2015 at 05:50

Hi all, as a group we have been living and travelling around SE Asia for four years now and have started a website (soon to become a full wiki) to help other travelers when they first come here before they know about the horror of crossing some borders, or just what to bring when you go to pick up your visa.

I was hoping there would be some advice for us before we fully launch the site.
The site is - it basically breaks down the tourist visas on arrival and in advance, with a few scams and hints for people country hopping.
What do you think we should add? Did we get anything insanely wrong?
Looking forward to some advice before we give out too much of our own.
Thanks, Clem

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Posted by DLuek on 8/4/2015 at 07:06 TF writer

The visa overview for Thailand is incomplete/incorrect. For one thing, there's a difference between a visa exempt stay and a visa on arrival; the statement that a visa on arrival "is correctly known as a Visa Exemption" is incorrect. That most passport holders get a 30-day visa exemption is only true for most Western passports; the Chinese, Indians and many others are not eligible for a free visa exempt stay. Instead, they get an actual visa on arrival which is good for 15 days. Also it says that "Most passport holders can arrive in Thailand and receive a 30 day visa, free of charge." Unless you're from a G7 country, this is only true if arriving by air. By land most people still get only 15 days.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 8/4/2015 at 07:27

As posted on Thorn Tree a moment ago, here's the basic breakdown:


Visa Exemption
Currently offered to 50 nationalities, 30 days by air or land entry to G7 nationals, otherwise 15 days by land
90 days for citizens of Argentinia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, S. Korea

Visa on Arrival
Currently offered to 19 nationalities, 15 days for 1000 THB

Tourist Visa
Obtained from a Thai embassy/consulate in advance, 60 days entry for most nationalities, cost equivalent around 1000 THB

Visa extension
Visa exempt entry and tourist visas can be extended 30 days one time only for a fee of 1900 THB. Visa extensions can not be applied to visa on arrival.

I highly suggest you have a good look here:
And beware there are a lot of travel and government websites that contain outdated information re. Thai visas.

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