We (both UK passport holders) flew into Bangkok on the 5th July, spent 3 days there then have been/will be in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos until about the 12th August when we plan to re-enter at the Huay Xai border crossing (Laos-Thailand). After that we fly out on the 15th.
It is unclear from the information on the Thai website whether we need to get a tourist or transit visa for our re-entry, as it lies outside the normal free 30 days.
Does anyone have experience of such a situation? Is the Huay Xia crossing sophisticated enough to notice any infringement (or would the airport officials check when we leave)?
Any answers are greatly appreciated - we should be able to make it to the Hanoi Thai embassy at some point, but if we could avoid that it might save time to file past Ho Chi Minh!
#1 Spaully has been a member since 17/1/2007. Posts: 4
If you enter Thailand without a visa your passport (for about 43 countries) will be stamped (free) with permission to stay in the country without a visa for up to 30 days continuously.Technically this is not a visa. On leaving at any time in that period the stamp is canceled and you will receive another on re-entry.
There has however been a clamp-down aimed at people staying in the kingdom long-term and doing monthly "visa runs" year after year - this has resulted in a 90day maximum on this type of entry. This is enforced very inconsistently - at the end of the day it is down to the immigration official in front of you to make a decision.
It would look like you don't intend to stay continuously in the country for over 30 days so you shouldn't get any problems - however if you are going in and out more than 3 times you would be better off going to any consulate and buying a tourist visa.
#3 khunwilko has been a member since 27/1/2007. Posts: 560
You will get a different answer every time in Thailand as they keep moving the goal posts and then often don't enforce the regulations after that
#6 khunwilko has been a member since 27/1/2007. Posts: 560