I am on a business trip to Bangkok first week of Dec. Later I plan to go to Dhaka for a couple of weeks and would be travelling back to Chennai(India) via Bangkok. My flight arrives at Bangkok around 4:00 pm and my next connecting flight is only the next day around 10:00 am. Will I be able to stay at the airport in the transit area ?
a. To avoid taking another visa b. To avoid paying departure tax.
I don't think this should be a problem. As far as I can remember (and it's been a few years...), you didn't actually have to pay the fee until departure, based on a slip of paper you received in your passport after the immigration check when entering the country (after the transit area basically).
Also, if I'm not mistaken, you can actually stay in the country for either 24 or 48 hours (and even leave the airport) without having to pay this...
Anyone else with a more recent experience (mine is from 2000)???
There are day rooms at Don Muang in both terminal 1& 2. I never use them as the cost is steep; 1,400 baht for 4 hours. You can stake out an area in the transit area and just sleep/read until time to depart. You do not pay the departure tax because you never entered Thailand. They do give you 12 hours in Thailand w/o paying the departure tax. Get the time stamp from Imm. and sample BKK nightlife before heading back for your flight. You could hang around the airport until 7:00pm, take a bus downtown and enjoy 'one night in BKK', (good song title) and get back for your flight in the AM. Just a thought
But are u sure I can get out of the airport for 12 hours without a visa and then again get back into immigration without paying the departure fees ?
I am concerned about the visa charge and departure tax in particular !
Yeah hang out in the night for about a few hours seems to be a good idea.
I'm pretty sure and vegasmike seems even surer
On another note; you could consider sleeping at the Bangkok airport
There is a 500 Baht departure tax on all international departures from BKK. You can pay them through one of the automated machines right before passport control. Visas are issued for free for most nationalities. The easiest way downtown from the airport is by train - its about 11 baht to get in and takes an hour.
Poor Sree, now there's three of us saying something different...
I was under the impression you can stay in Bangkok for 24 hours without having to pay the fee (ie. leave the airport and still be fine). I am 90% certain of this, but only 20% certain of the actual time frame being 24 hours.
vegasmike6 is going for 12 hours but seems to agree on there not being a departure tax in this case (how sure are you of this? )
cdntrvl is going for ALL departures incurring a fee, regardless of short stays or not. How sure are you of this?
I just want to be clear that although we all have different answers, some might be more sure about this than others. I admit it's been a while since I was in BKK But both vegasmike6 and cdntrvl seem so sure
I am going to add something slightly different still. Officially, there may be a time frame where you do not have to pay the departure tax as vegasmike has said. My experience of it earlier this year was that the staff still expect you to pay. I was sent back to the machines to pay my 500 baht having only been in the country for about 6 hrs... so who really knows...
Ghastly thought! Someone in BKK go up and give this person a pillow and blanket!
Wish I knew for sure, but I'd almost say it's worth the 500 baht just to go down the road to a hotel and get a room for the night. Rama Gardens is nice, and it has a shuttle service. Look at something like Precision Reservations online or another site that offers a better deal than going directly if you decide to get a room.
Otherwise, like someone else pointed out, the Amari has a place where you can freshen up or relax for about 4 hours, but it costs something like $35 USD.
Google Don Muang Airport, Bangkok and you will get lots of info. The quick look I took said you have 12 hours before you have to pay the departure tax.