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Do I qualify for a 30 day visa exemption?

Posted by klb5050 on 18/6/2013 at 07:17

I fly into Bangkok on October 16th.
I have a flight home from Krabi to Australia on December 10th.
I intend to travel through Northern Thailand and in and out of Laos between October 16th and November 26th.
I intend to spend November 26th to December 10th in Southern Thailand.
I would be travelling overland between Thailand and Laos, and therefore would be valid for the 15 day visa exemption on the second leg of my Thailand journey.
However, would I be eligible for the 30 day visa exemption in Thailand when I land even though I cannot prove onward flight for more than 30 days. Is there any way I can prove that I will be in Laos or will I have to buy a visa? Can this visa be bought on arrival?

Thanks

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Posted by DLuek on 18/6/2013 at 08:59 TF writer

would I be eligible for the 30 day visa exemption in Thailand when I land even though I cannot prove onward flight for more than 30 days.

You don't need to prove onward flight. Thai immigration will stamp you in for 30 days when you arrive.

You get 30 days if arriving by air, 15 days if arriving by land, at any time. If you want a visa, it needs to be arranged outside of the country - it cannot be bought upon arrival. But as long as you stay under your limits on either entry you won't need a visa. If you overstay, you will have to pay 500 baht per day when you leave the country. You can also extend a visa-free stay by 7 days at any Thai immigration office for 1,900 baht.

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Posted by klb5050 on 18/6/2013 at 10:11

ok thanks, that was really helpful. I don't plan to overstay, haha

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Posted by captainbkk on 19/6/2013 at 03:45

the above answer-and thus also your response is INcomplete.The prob is not-as has been told here by now at least 123456 times, Thai immi-they will stamp you in. the POSSIBLE main prob is when checking in for TH without any visa OR flight out in that 30-day period. This will be 100% sure when you also start from OZ-there are many mean reports about that from there-it also seems that no OZzie seems to be able to figure out some straightforward thinking by her/himself.
Also you seem to overstay the usual 1 mo/30 days for Laos-so also think about that. Not that they will bother you about that on entry-but they sure will on exit when nothing has been arranged.

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Posted by klb5050 on 19/6/2013 at 04:31

I don't know why you're so angry, captainbkk, haha. Well I was considering buying a cheap throwaway flight out of Thailand to avert this problem, which is why I asked in the first place as I didn't want to have to buy one unless deemed necessary. Also I think you misunderstand as I am not flying direct from Australia. My first flight from Australia is to Indonesia and I DO have a plane ticket within 30 days going out, so that won't be a problem. Also, the 42 days was for Laos AND Northern Thailand combined, so I will not be overstaying that visa either.

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Posted by SBE on 19/6/2013 at 05:29

You should be OK if you're flying from Indonesia. Never say never, but regional airlines like Air Asia don't usually require proof on onward travel if you're flying into Thailand from another SE Asian country.

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Posted by klb5050 on 19/6/2013 at 05:41

SBE, I'm flying from Kuala Lumpur so hopefully it will be ok. Would I just have to buy a ticket last minute if they refused to let me board?

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Posted by SBE on 19/6/2013 at 07:27

I fly KL -> BKK with Air Asia quite regularly and have never been asked to show a flight ticket out of Thailand yet so I doubt if you'll have any problems.

Even if you do have to buy a last minute ticket, there are Air Asia sales offices near the LCCT check in area. It's not like you'd have to walk very far to buy one!

Just don't cut it too fine arriving at the airport. The LCCT in KL is Air Asia's purpose built main hub, yet they seem utterly incapable of figuring out how to do quick and efficient check ins there. The queues are nearly always very long and very slow. If you did need to buy a ticket, best not to find out 5 minutes before the check in for your flight to Bangkok closes!

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Posted by DLuek on 19/6/2013 at 08:55 TF writer

Even if flying from Australia and even if the airline did ask for onward proof, my personal opinion is that that an answer that "I'm going to Laos (or wherever) overland from Thailand and then coming back and flying home from Krabi less than 2 months after the initial arrival -- and this is the date I'm leaving Thailand and this is the date I'm coming back and here's my proof of that final flight out of Thailand" would be sufficient for them.

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