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1. Posted by Paul_H (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

As a British citizen I know that I am entitled to 30 days stay in Thailand without a visa. I'm going to stay in Thailand for those 30 days before going overland to Laos (3 weeks), Vietnam (4 Weeks) and Cambodia (3 weeks) and then come back into Thailand for another 30 days before going over the border to Malaysia. Firstly is this possible? Also the bloke from STA Travel said I will need to go to the Thai embassy in London to get a multi-entry visa, is this true?

Also I don't have proof of exit because I'm going overland, do I need this, as I don't want to be refused entry when I land at the airport.

Sorry if I'm repeating the same request but I really want to put my mind at rest as I can't get to the Thai embassy until 3 weeks before I go.

Cheers

Paul

2. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Unless things have suddenly changed - which I doubt, there is no need to get a multi-entry visa for Thailand in advance. Each time you travel back into Thailand from Laos, Cambodia etc you are automatically granted a 30 day stay.

You'll be able to easily pick up your Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia visas in Bangkok (you can get a visa for Laos at the border, however this is just for 2 weeks. You'll need to get a visa in Bangkok if you want to stay longer)

Mike

3. Posted by Paul_H (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

Cheers Mike, much appreciated

4. Posted by xs.if (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

Quoting Mikey B

Unless things have suddenly changed - which I doubt, there is no need to get a multi-entry visa for Thailand in advance. Each time you travel back into Thailand from Laos, Cambodia etc you are automatically granted a 30 day stay.

You'll be able to easily pick up your Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia visas in Bangkok (you can get a visa for Laos at the border, however this is just for 2 weeks. You'll need to get a visa in Bangkok if you want to stay longer)

Mike

hey mikey b is bang on the money. currently in thailand now doing a similar trip to yours, basically you get 30 days free on entry into thailand pure and simple. laos, cambodia and vietnam visa you can get from bangkok, they cost about 15 pounds each but the travel agencts will charge you about 25 pounds for them. with regards to the laos visa you can get it on the border they have just recently (a week or so) increased it to 30 days but cost US$50 (30 pounds)apparently.

about proof of exit, you will get that regardless of whether you're travelling overland every country as several points of exit/entry, and will stamp you passport as you leave or enter their country.

you dont need to go to the thai embassy, there is no point unless you want to get a 60 visa, which they'll have to pay for. the 30 day is free and you can go into malaysia again free visa 3 months and come back into thai, they have companies that do 'visa runs'.

am in thailand now in chiang mai arrived about 3 weeks ago, if you've got any questions i'll try and answer them.

oh happy days

ps going from thailand to malaysia is like going from the uk to france.

peace

yemi

5. Posted by amandy (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Hi
Im in a similar situation to you
I fly into Bangkok, then travel to Cambodia and Vietnam then back into Thailand and then down through Malysis and Indonesia
The person at STA also told me i needed a multi-entry 60 day Visa, and that i needed to go to the embassy. (actually 2 different people at 2 different STA travel shops told me this)
As far as i can tell, they just say this to cover their back and you can simply get a 30 day visa free on entry each time you enter Thailand
Amanda x

6. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 11y

Sounds like the folks at STA are slightly misinformed, it is pretty common for people intending to stay longer periods in Thailand to do a border run for the sole purpose of getting another 30 days... The visa on arrival in laos as of last month was US$30 but it is not uncommon for officials to add a bit extra on top for themselves at the land borders... also I have met a number of people who caught buses from Thaliand to Laos and overpaid the visa fee because the tourguide on the bus organised the visa's (and took a bit for themself)...

7. Posted by amandy (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Hi, I have an update
I asked for info about thai visa's at Trailfinders, aparrently, in the last week the Thai government have tightened up their policy around visa's.
Now you either need an onward ticket from Thailand to get your entry stamp or a pre arranged Visa
I was told this yesterday, aparrently it changed on the 15th of july
Just thought id send a post to let people know
amanda x

8. Posted by sarpotd (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Hi!

How is the weather like in Thailand during october and November. I know those are the rainy seasons (hard in october and light in Novemeber). Would that cause problems at all ?

I am going to be gone there for about 45 days from early october to mid novemeber. Can you please suggest an itinerary to do. I want to do some hiking in Chang Mai, hang out in phuket/Pattaya and then go into laos/vietnam too if I can.

I know I need to reasearch stuff myself, if somebody can share their eperience that would be great.

Thanks in advance !

9. Posted by xs.if (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

Quoting amandy

Hi, I have an update
I asked for info about thai visa's at Trailfinders, aparrently, in the last week the Thai government have tightened up their policy around visa's.
Now you either need an onward ticket from Thailand to get your entry stamp or a pre arranged Visa
I was told this yesterday, aparrently it changed on the 15th of july
Just thought id send a post to let people know
amanda x

its very strange the things that you are told, basically from what i can gather thats the way things work people tell you different things but the best people to ask are the people that are doing it. i met up with friends that flew from chiang mai northern thailand(today 23rd july)to bangkok to catch a plane to vietnam, then travelling overland to cambodia and laos and back into thailand, and they dont need any of these things you are been told. if the thai government were gonna tighten up the policies around visas they would simply start charging to issue them like the indonesians do. out of all the places around south east asia that i've been in the last 6 months thailand is the most touristy and they are expecting you, they usually make things so easy for you...as someone said early that the tour companies or operators do trips including visas across to laos from thailand and its all over-priced that the truth. things are so straightforward and easy here but you'll find out when you get here.

my suggestion is if you are worried about it best thing is to sort it out before arriving it would cost you a lot more but give you piece of mind.

when we entered thailand we came from malaysia by boat into a small place called satun, they didnt ask or cares about onward travel tickets, thailand and malaysia in particular does care, one thing though, customs are apparently suppose to ask particular questions every 3rd or 4th person but its procedure. travellers in general dont usually have onward tickets - i've not met one that does but they seem to manage to be in the country like everyone else.

you'll be fine without it but to, you can do it if you are worried about it.

take care and stay safe
peace

yem

10. Posted by Manders09 (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Its the airlines who check if you have a one way flight they want to see a visa...but you are entitled to 30 days and if you want to stay longer apply for double/triple entry....as someone said the visa runs are fine so many people stay and live in Thailand and so this...-snip-

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