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Thai Immigration - counting 30 day stamps or actual days?

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1. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

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Hello,

I often fly to Thailand, get the 30 day visa stamp in my passport at the airport and after a week or so go to another country for a while, return to Bangkok and get another 30 day visa stamp in my passport again. Then leave Thailand for home after a week or so.

Total time in Thailand on one round trip may be only around 15 or 18 days but this gives me two 30 day visa stamps. Under the new immigration regulations with no more than 90 days in 6 months - is Thai immigration counting ACTUAL days or simply counting the visa stamps in our passports?

I haven't read anything anywhere where tourists have been turned back for having too many 30 day stamps but less than the 90 days in 6 months actual count. I don't live in Thailand, I am usually out of the country at least 30 to 50 days between trips. But with those double country trips I am collecting a bunch of 30 day visa stamps.

Count actual days or 30 day stamps? (I don't take any more double country trips any more, total Thailand stay now about 15 days per 30 day permission stamp.)

Thank you.

2. Posted by lodesafun (Budding Member 56 posts) 9y

They count days,
so like you could have 90 stamps ( 1 a day) no worries , but the new rules state that you may stay on a "visa on arrival" for no more than 90 out of 180 days.

look into getting a Visa sticker (not stamp) at the thai embassy in you area. it will be good for 60 days which you can extend for another 30 days (1900 bath), giving you a total of 90 days. if needed more then you can start doing the visa run for anoter 90 days.
hope this helps
lodes

3. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

[quote=lodesafun]They count days,
so like you could have 90 stamps ( 1 a day) no worries , but the new rules state that you may stay on a "visa on arrival" for no more than 90 out of 180 days.

Thanks for the reply.

I think I will be okay. Just after the Oct. 1 changed a lot of my trips to Asia (I am using up a lot of miles on free flights before I die off!) Counting visits "day for day" over the past 180 days, I think I have around 60 days total.

I haven't read too much on this particular subject. Lots of stuff on making border runs and other type visas - but not much on several 30 day permissions in 180 days.

Thanks