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7 nationalities now get 30 day visa exemptions to Thailand overland?

Posted by DLuek on 6/11/2013 at 08:56 TF writer

Thaivisa is reporting that as of a week ago, holders of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Japan passports are now once again receiving 30 day visa-free exemptions if arriving to Thailand overland (for the last several years it was 15 days by land, 30 by air).

If you just crossed into Thailand or will be doing so soon, please confirm.

Strange that Australia is apparently not invited to the party?

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 6/11/2013 at 21:25

Aussies didn't learn the secret handshake I guess ;-)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G7

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Posted by DLuek on 7/11/2013 at 08:06 TF writer

Ah-haa

Still... Germany, France and Italy but not Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, etc.? Seems a bit arbitrary.

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Posted by ktontour on 7/11/2013 at 19:04

Good to know, will be trying this in the next couple of weeks from Laos, so will update with how it goes for a couple of Brits!

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Posted by exacto on 7/11/2013 at 20:45

thanks, kton. i'd be really keen to hear how it goes too.

this definitely looks like it is tied to the G7 somehow - maybe based on some reciprocal agreement, which is often how visas and visa exemptions work. when i lived in turkey, the turks charged americans US$ 100 for a visa, because that is what the US government charged turks. i think it hurt their tourism industry a bit (just as the 15-day overland likely hurt the thai's), but it was more of a matter of pride for the turks.

anyway, let's hope this is true as it would make logistics on longer trips much easier, at least for the lucky G7 country passport holders. cheers.

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Posted by Amelia1403 on 11/11/2013 at 00:51

Hello,

Just to confirm UK citizens do get 30 days when entering overland. We entered this morning from Laos- the Houyxai, Laos to Chang Kong crossing.

Nothing was asked/ mentioned, they just stamped 30 days in our passports

-Amelia

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Posted by ktontour on 24/11/2013 at 20:27

Just to second Amelia, have literally just done the same border crossing from Laos, and had a free 30 day stamp, no questions asked. All done in about 45 seconds.
Happy days.

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Posted by hanno on 18/12/2013 at 02:17

Hello, I'm currently in China and want to go overland through Laos to Thailand soon.

Can anyone say if they ask for any travel documents (flightticket out of thailand) or hotel reserverations at the border? I'm from Germany and thus I hope I get 30 days to stay there, I just don't intend to plan ahead when and how I leave the country.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 18/12/2013 at 08:00

^No you probably won't be asked to show anything other than your passport, and will receive a 30-day entry to Thailand. Just note that border crossing procedures have changed a bit since the opening of the new bridge between Huay Xai and Chiang Khong last week.

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Posted by ClemGrant on 28/12/2013 at 03:46

Hello,

We will likely be crossing from Laos into Thailand via Houyxai. I gather my wife, who is French, will receive the same 30 days as the UK passport holders but does anyone have any experience with this?

Thanks,

Grant

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Posted by LoganT on 28/12/2013 at 07:03

Hi - UK passport holder here - I crossed overland from Myanmar to Thailand at Mae Sot a couple of weeks ago, and was given a 30 day visa (which I wasn't expecting) as was the German with us. The Swede was given 15 days. Sorry, ClemGrant, don't know about French passports but thought I'd just confirm my 30 day visa UK passport holder experience.

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