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1. Posted by jessiegirl (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Hello,
have a slight dilemma! Saw lots of travel agents yesterday for a return ticket to Bangkok from London, heading out next week, staying away travelling SEAsia for 6 months...

When I got to STA Travel they told me that I might not be allowed onto the plane in London as I'm not allowed to stay in Thailand for more than 2 months (visa). How can I get around this? How can I prove that I'm only staying in Thailand for 1 month, then travelling around the rest of Asia? Will they even care? Should I just book a month's return then change ticket? Should I try to get a visa for Vietnam or Laos before heading off??

Thankful for any help!

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 10y

Quoting jessiegirl

Hello,
have a slight dilemma! Saw lots of travel agents yesterday for a return ticket to Bangkok from London, heading out next week, staying away travelling SEAsia for 6 months...

When I got to STA Travel they told me that I might not be allowed onto the plane in London as I'm not allowed to stay in Thailand for more than 2 months (visa). How can I get around this? How can I prove that I'm only staying in Thailand for 1 month, then travelling around the rest of Asia? Will they even care? Should I just book a month's return then change ticket? Should I try to get a visa for Vietnam or Laos before heading off??

Thankful for any help!

Usually when you arrive in Bangkok the immigration officers give you a free 30 day entry permit right at the airport. I have never had a Visa beforehand - but I have lots of entry stamps! If you leave Thailand for another country, before the 30 day time period is up, you get another free 30 day entry permit the next time you pass through Thai immigration. There are people living in Thailand that take a day trip to the border - get stamped out - endorsed in and out of Laos or Burma, etc. and return to Thailand for another 30 days. They do this many times without ever having a visa. (There is a 500 baht departure tax at the airport when you leave Thailand for another country.)

You have to have sufficient time remaining on your passport, usually 6 months, and you can pick up visa stamps from the appropriate embassy for the next country (ies) on your schedule, if needed.

3. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 10y

Jessiegirl,

You don't need to get visa to Laos or Vietnam in London. You can do it right in Bangkok easily. Departure tax at Bangkok Don Muong airport is 500 babts (40b to a dollar???)But, since you mentioned going to Laos, if you took the train from Bangkok to Nongkhai, taxi to border with Laos at the Friendship bridge, pay for Laos' visa, you save your 500 babts. Once you're done with Laos, you can go to Vietnam from Vientiane or back to Thailand again.