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Thai Visa and New Rules

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1. Posted by kramer2be (Budding Member 42 posts) 10y

i'll start by apologising. i know there are already heaps of forums about visas in thailand but i heard the rules have changed slightly and they have also become more strict.

My problem is that i fly into bangkok and thne i am going to travel overland to laos via huay xai then through cambodia and back to thailand to fly out home. I wont be in thailand for more than 30 days it will be more like 20, then i leave for laos. Then i'll re enter for afew days before i fly out.

I have heard recently that you need to have proof that you will be leaving thailand within 30 days of arrival, and the only acceptable for is a plane ticket.

I dont really want to spend moeny on plane ticket i dont want or have to pay for a longer visa.

Will they let me into the country if i dont have an onward plane ticket or a visa that covers the 45 days between my arrival and departure.


2. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

I arrive in BKK, stay for a few days, leave, and come back about 40 days later for another few days...I do have a flight booked, so will I have no problems doing this?

3. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 10y

As far as I am aware if you get the free 30 day visa you need a valid plane ticket taking you out of the country within that time, otherwise you will have to apply for a tourist visa (60 days), or a non-immigration visa (90 days), whichever will apply to you.

I had the same problem, I am flying into Thailand, then travelling overland through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam before flying back our of Thailand. I decided to opt for the tourist visa which will give me up to 60days in Thailand once I arrive, then when I re-enter Thailand at the end of my trip, I will get the free visa - as I will have a valid plane ticket taking me home within the month.

It's quite confusing but to both of you I'd advise getting the tourist visa, then work out how many times you will leave and enter Thailand. Basically it costs £25 for the visa, and another £25 for every time you plan on re-entering.