Hi, I am going to be a victim of the new 15 day visa regulations and wondered if anyone could give me some advice. I need to extend my visa by and extra 5 days and would prefer to avoid the hassle of a visa run to Cambodia or Malaysia...
Does anyone know of a travel agent in Bangkok or Surat Thani (or even the Gulf coast islands) that do visa extensions i.e. someone we can trust with our passports!
If we do end up doing a visa run to Cambodia for example is it possible to just leave Thailand and re enter straight away, or do we have to go into Cambodia?
#1 Travel2008 has been a member since 29/12/2008. Posts: 6
"If we do end up doing a visa run to Cambodia for example is it possible to just leave Thailand and re enter straight away, or do we have to go into Cambodia?"
Hi, I have done this quite a few times at Poipet. I've just gone out one gate and come straight back in the other.
Also done it a few times at Mae Sai aswell. In fact, a couple of times I didn't even cross the boarder and just paid a Thai official to go and stamp it for me. Other times I have paid one of the Cambodian lads to sort it out for me while I waited at the Thai-side of the boarder.
Some of this is a bit dodgy tho, but to anwser your question, Yes it is possible.
Can anyone confirm to the question of needing to stamp in to Cambodia (or to buy Cambodian visa) in order to get new 15 day permit to Thailand? I need to get additional 15 days and the nearest border crossing is Hat Lek/Koh Kong, anyone has any first hand experience on this border?
#3 gilrand has been a member since 8/6/2009. Posts: 15
The 15 day visa exemption entering by land has been around for well over a year so it's not exactly new. An extension of this at any immigration office will allow seven more days and cost 1900 baht. Immigration checkpoints are listed on http://www.immigration.go.th/nov2004/en/base.php?page=south.
If you do a border run for another 15 days, you technically need to stamp out of Thailand, enter the adjacent country's immigration checkpoint, and then do the reverse back to Thailand. When re-entering Thailand they'll be looking for an exit stamp from the neighboring country. So technically yes you would need to enter Cambodia in your case, which means obtaining a visa, even if you're just going in and straight back out. Some people may try to dodge the system but I don't recommend it.