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Major change in Thailand visa rules

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/5/2014 at 02:43

Effective today, foreign visitors to Thailand will only be granted a single entry by any land crossing. What this appears to mean is that if you enter by land on a 15- or 30-day visa free stay you can no longer leave by land and re-enter on the same thing. LAND ENTRY IS ONLY PERMITTED ONCE ON A 15- OR 30-DAY VISA FREE STAY. This is an extremely important development that will effect many people's travel plans. But there are many "what ifs" that are yet to be answered. Thai visa has ...

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Thailand Tourist Visa Exemption - Proof Of Onward Travel

Posted by ljp on 7/7/2014 at 15:10

Hi everyone - I'm going on a trip to SE Asia in a few weeks for 2 months, and am hoping to cover Thailand/Cambodia/Vietnam/Laos/Burma (Probably in that order) and have a quick question on the Thailand Tourist Visa Exemption. I've been browsing the site and the forums for about a month now and have to say it's been incredibly useful so far and I haven't even asked anything! So, onto my specific question. I land in Bangkok on 20/07/14 and intend to spend a week or so travelling East from Bangkok ...

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Obtaining multiple visas - in Chiang Mai?

Posted by MissCaswell on 19/12/2014 at 19:00

Hi all! Am hoping you can help me with something... I'm due to fly to Bangkok on January 6th. My plan was to go on a same day flight to Myanmar and spend time there before returning to Thailand for a few days, visiting Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai and then continuing on to Cambodia and Vietnam. I hadn't realised yet that I don't qualify for a e-visa for Myanmar but I did know that I need to apply for a Vietnam visa in Chiang Mai with an agent (the nearest Vietnam embassy is in a different cou ...

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Thai multiple entry visa or visa waiver + single entry visa?

Posted by zesti on 6/7/2014 at 04:38

Hello, I will be traveling to Bangkok, stay there for 1 or 2 days then fly on to Myanmar for about 3 weeks and then return to Thailand for about 5 weeks. Now what I'm wondering is if I get a single entry tourist visa for Thailand, would they automatically stamp it at the airport in Bangkok when I first arrive or can I tell them to give me a visa waiver for those first few days until I fly to Myanmar and save the visa for when I return to Thailand? Or should I just get a double entry visa? Than ...

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Same day visa run (Cambodia-Thailand-Cambodia) possible? (at Hat Lek / Ko Kong)

Posted by Zjaaspoer on 21/10/2014 at 09:49

As our visa for Cambodia (VOA, 30 days, first ever entry) is almost expired (the 26th), and we're near Hat Lek / Ko Kong, we want to do a same day visa run from Cambodia to Thailand and then immediately back into Cambodia to get a new visum. My question is if this is at all possible. There is a lot of information on the web but I can not find a concise answer. What I do know is that Thailand has a new rule in place since may 2014 that these kind of runs over land are no longer possible (but th ...

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Vietnam Visa - Land Crossings

Posted by GattinaRosa on 3/8/2014 at 05:44

Hi All, Sorry if this has been asked before. I've read through quite a few posts but have a few questions that I'm hoping you can help me with. My husband and I are travelling around Asia for 4 months, starting fro September. We will probably be arriving in Vietnam towards mid / late November. We will be arriving via land, from Laos, most probably through Na Maew / Nam Xoi. I am aware that if we are entering via land, an "visa on arrival" organised by an agent isn't a possibility ...

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How do you handle proof of departure for an unstructured trip with loose itinerary

Posted by adaminasia on 10/8/2013 at 11:25

Hi, I am traveling to Southeast Asia for 3 months. I have only booked an arrival flight (Singapore) and departure flight (Bangkok), and plan to see Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. I am hoping to keep my itinerary somewhat flexible so I can stay longer in places I enjoy and move on from places that I don't enjoy as much. I have been reading about Visas and understand countries ask for proof of departure - either the airline that you are flying in on, or else at the border wh ...

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Visa for travelling in and out of Thailand

Posted by Jaymo89 on 4/8/2014 at 07:40

Hi there, I'm struggling to understand the visa rules and how I should go about obtaining them for my trip. Basically, when I first arrive I'll be spending a week in Thailand before I leave for Cambodia and Vietnam for 3 weeks then back to Thailand for my friend to fly home and my other friend arriving a week later. I'll be in Thailand for another week then leaving again for Vietnam. I'll then be travelling alone and would probably like to see Thailand in a bit more depth and will definately be ...

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Vietnam Visa advice? - purchase in Cambodia?

Posted by mpmcintosh94 on 12/3/2013 at 08:30

Hey there. I begin travelling on 20th April 2013. I'm going to - Thailand for around 2 weeks - Cambodia for around 1 week - Vietnam for around 4 weeks (maybe under or over 30 days) I'm happy with how the Thai and Cambodian visas work and im not really worried about them. But I need some advice on When/Where/How to buy my Vietnam visa. Is it easy and cheaper to buy in Cambodia? or Thailand? Or in England? I've heard that it can begin to expire from the day you buy it? And also how do you go a ...

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Indonesia Visa in Bangkok

Posted by smkuchta on 11/6/2009 at 16:31

The wife and I just got our Indonesian Visas in Bangkok and I thought I'd summarize the process asI couldn't find anything already out there. Visa application is 9-12 M-F. Pickup is 1400-1500, two days later. We arrived Tues morning about 855am, nobody waiting out front, the door opened 5 minutes later and we submitted our application, copy of itinerary showing flight out of Indonesia,2 photos each, a copy of each passport and $45 each (1 CAN & 1 USA passport). Embassy website says b ...

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Southern Thailand to Langkawi overland/sea

Posted by Anamarie29 on 12/5/2014 at 21:36

Hi there. I'm currently on Ko Tao and will be looking to move across to Krabi in the next few days. I need to be out of Thailand by 23 May and am planning to head to Langkawi or Penang (first stop). Do you have any advice on the routes available from Krabi (or anywhere more appropriate - possibly a train?) to either Langkawi or Penang. Also I know I don't need a visa but will be granted (hopefully) a 3 month stay, where would the boarder crossings take place? Thanks in advance! Ana ...

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15-day Vietnam tourist visa

Posted by bribri on 13/2/2014 at 10:47

Has anyone gotten this 15-day visa or know any more information about it? "The one option available in Phnom Penh that isnt available online is a 15-day tourist visa. These can be only obtained through travel agents and not through the embassy directly." - I'll be travelling from: Siem Reap, Cambodia -> Phnom Penh, Cambodia -> Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and looking ...

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Mai Sai visa run crackdown

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/5/2014 at 01:56

Reports today of people doing back to back visa runs to Mai Sai crossing are being denied exit from Thailand. Seems aimed at people on the 15- and 30-day visa free entries. Reasons are unclear. Will update when I find out more. ...

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VIP Bus scam for Pai to Luang Prabang border crossing

Posted by evie_eve on 11/3/2014 at 03:15

Please a word of warning, do not book through Terminal Green travel agency in Pai for the 'VIP' bus to Luang Prabang in Laos. It is a total scam! the picture of the bus is completely different to the bus you will get on the other side, which is the local broke down bus. And there is no proper support during the visa/border process so you don't know where you are going next, who is meeting you on the other side etc...the 'hotel' you stay at the night before is AWFUL... No email address or we ...

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Urgent Vietnam visa question

Posted by sirknigget on 19/2/2014 at 04:32

Hello, A few days ago I gave my passport to an agency in Kampot, Cambodia, in order to get a 30-day Vietnam visa valid from 23/2/2014 (the date I wish to enter). Today I came to get my passport back, and when I checked the visa stamp, I saw that the validity dates are 18/2-17/3 - which is clearly not what I asked for - it reduced my stay time by 5 days. After some arguing and demanding a partial refund (because I'll need to do visa extension in order to stay 1 month as planned), the lady called ...

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Vietnam Airport - Urgent

Posted by SEATraveler2 on 4/3/2014 at 01:21

Hey guys, I'm heading from Thailand to Canada in 2 days, and have bought 2 separate tickets to get home - an AirAsia flight from Bangkok to HCMC, and then a China Airlines flight leaving HCMC after a 5 hour layover. I was told by a number of people that I will not need a visa, as I will not be leaving the airport. Im starting to get a bit concerned however, as I didn't confirm the fact that it was with 2 different airlines. Can someone confirm whether I need one or not? Thank you! ...

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Transit visa in BKK required??

Posted by bismoystud on 2/2/2014 at 02:17

Hi, I am an Indian national and will be travelling to hongkong with my family for a holiday.I have a connecting flight at BKK and the transit time is less than 4 hours.I do not intend to leave the airport.Do i need a transit visa for thailand?? ...

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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

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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Transit visa for Vietnam

Posted by 69ball on 4/11/2009 at 15:12

Hello! I have booked from Singapore to Taiwan and I have to stopover at Vietnam for connection on the same day. Do I need any transit visa for this connection?? Thanks. ...

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Dien Bien Phu border crossing

Posted by norcalhiker on 15/2/2009 at 18:24

I'm in town now and I've got some updated information. According to the english speaking employee at the bus station, buses across the border now leave every day. They go as far as Muang Khua in Laos. They leave at 5:30am. They cost 80,000 dong. ...

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