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Tourist Visa Question

Posted by kaede on 23/6/2010 at 10:39

Guys, sorry if this has already been answered, but a search of travelfish and thaivisa have not provided me with a good answer.

I'm in koh phangan- will have used up my free visa on arrival on July 4th. Heading to bangkok on July 2nd then to chiang mai.

Need to get a 30 or 60 day visa before July 4th- can i do this in bangkok at the immigration office? I remember reading this process takes about 3-5 days.


I know i can get a extension on my initial visa to cover those days if necessary.

Any info greatly appreciated.

#1 kaede has been a member since 19/9/2009. Posts: 17

Posted by Captain_Bob on 23/6/2010 at 12:45

Most western nationalities get a quick visa exemption (30 days by air, 15 by land) on arrival to Thailand. You can then do a border hop for another 15 days or exit and re-enter by air for 30 more days. Or you can get a proper tourist visa but this cannot be obtained inside Thailand. They are issued by Thai consular services in your home country or in neighboring countries e.g. Vientiane Laos, Phnom Penh Cambodia, etc.

Since you'll be in Chiang Mai when the current entry is set to expire the quickest soultion is to do a border run to Mae Sai in the far north, which is a daytrip offered for about 600 baht by most travel agents and guesthouses, plus you'll need 500 baht or $10 for the border pass to walk into Myanmar and back. Hundreds of tourists do this every day, but again you only get 15 days re-entry. Otherwise high-tail it to Vientiane via overnight bus to Udon Thani or the Aya Tour overnight van advertised around CM.

There's nothing you can do at Immigration except maybe extend your current entry 7 more days at a cost of 1900 baht - hardly worth it.

#2 Captain_Bob has been a member since 27/5/2006. Location: Thailand. Posts: 1,911

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