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1. Posted by RobinR (Budding Member 40 posts) 9y

I'm heading to thailand this spring along with some other south east asian counties but I have a few questions about visas. I spent last summer in Thailand but ended up running into some trouble getting there as the airline wouldn't let me get on the plane until I showed proof that I would be leaving in the country in less than 30 days (my return ticket was two months later). I have no wish to go through that hassle again this year so I was wondering what you guys would suggest. I thought about getting 90 day tourist visa however I'm planning to leave Thailand and reenter in at least a few times and with a 90 day tourist visa would I be allowed to do with? I suppose my second option is to go on air asia's web site and buy a ticket to Laos that will be departing before my 30 days is up and just head to thailand with out a visa. What do you guys think

Thanks
Robin

2. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 9y

This is quite unusual for thailand...I have never been asked for proof of exit, and I've been into thailand about 4 times now... Are you flying with the same airline? It may be worth calling the airline and checking what their procedure is and explain to them you will be travelling overland out of the country and therefore cannot supply proof. It may be safer to get a visa in advance, it's cheaper than a flight (well...maybe).

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 21, 2007, at 9:29 PM by claireh ]

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello RobinR

Airlines are so annoying. They did question me too, at the airport in Germany, but did not ask me to show proof. At Bangkok airport, they do not seem to care at all, if I have the ticket to leave Thailand.

Doesnt the 90 day visa cost money? I would feel quite cranky, about having to get that, just because of the airline. I would go with the buying the ticket to Laos option, if the price is OK.

But, they finally let u on the plane, the last time, didnt they? Maybe they are getting used to people in your situation, and have lightened up.;)

Mel

4. Posted by RobinR (Budding Member 40 posts) 9y

Thanks for your Reply mel

I agree airlines are so bloodly annoying, they turn everything into a big hassle. I actually ended up having to walk down to the ticket office last time and buy a one way ticket out of bangkok to Mayasia (leaving before my month was up) before they would let me get on the plane out of Calgary. This ticket was at full price and worked out to over 300 dollars Canadian so I was understandable unamused by the whole situation. You're right the visa does cost something, I think that it's about 60 dollars Canadian but I'll have to check into it further. On top of the money it's a little bit of a hassle (I have to fill out a form and mail it in with copies of my airline tickets and my passport). The Laos ticket option is definitely tempting although what is holding me back on that is the fact that I'm not sure of the date that I will end up wanting to go there. Ahhhh soo frustrating!

5. Posted by RobinR (Budding Member 40 posts) 9y

Quoting claireh

This is quite unusual for thailand...I have never been asked for proof of exit, and I've been into thailand about 4 times now... Are you flying with the same airline? It may be worth calling the airline and checking what their procedure is and explain to them you will be travelling overland out of the country and therefore cannot supply proof. It may be safer to get a visa in advance, it's cheaper than a flight (well...maybe).

That's not a bad idea I guess that it can't hurt to call and ask the airline. That's pretty much what i was thinking, maybe I should just get the damn visa to be safe and avoid any undue hassle