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1. Posted by katyvose1 (Budding Member 18 posts) 9y

Hi Everyone,

I am under the impression that when entering Thailand as a UK Citizen you are given a free 30 day visa so long as you prove you are leaving the country within that time frame, is that correct?

If so, how have people gone about this as I was thinking of booking a flight through Air Asia to Cambodia and taking this as proof but we are thinking of changing our plans to travel up through Northern Thailand into Laos and I dont know how we can book onward tickets this way.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!

2. Posted by sushi_ (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

Try this website for visa info, if you want to stay longer than 30 days is really easy and not expensive to do it but you need to sort it out before you leave the UK, theres a number on the site the staff are very knowledgable. You can get a visa which would allow you stay for up to 15 months.

http://www.thaiconsul-uk.com/

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 9y

hi katy
this may be the case in theory but i have been to Thailand several times and have never been asked for proof of onward travel. On one occasion I also left via northern thailand into Laos which we didn't book until a couple of days before we left thailand.

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Katy,
I have flown into BKK over 15 times and have never had to produce proof of an onward ticket. More relevant, my friend flew into Thailand in May and did not have a return ticket until August. They did not ask for proof of onward travel and gave him the free 30 day entry permit. He flew to Singapore at the end of 30 days and then flew to the Philippines in July when his next 30 day entry permit was up.

Saying that, all Thai Immigration rules and regulations are at the discretion of the Immigration officer. He/she can demand proof at onward travel within the visa period as it is one of their regulations. In practice, they don't ask most western passport holders for onward flight plans. Katy, relax and enjoy your time in SEA.

5. Posted by dusmythb (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

We are currently touring SE Asia having already visited Thailand. I was like you a bit concerned about the visa issue so i booked the cheapest flight out of Thailand online before i left Ireland just in case. We arrived into Bangkok and there was no questions asked whatsoever about onward flights etc. They simply stamped our passports and issued us with the 30 day visa exemption. The only thing i will say is that the stamp does indicate you must be out of Thailand by such a date,so if you do intend on staying for longer than the 30 day duration it could be a problem when leaving the country. ( We left for Vietnam before our exemption expired).

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 29, 2007, at 5:24 AM by dusmythb ]

6. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 9y

Quoting vegasmike6

Katy,

Saying that, all Thai Immigration rules and regulations are at the discretion of the Immigration officer. He/she can demand proof at onward travel within the visa period as it is one of their regulations. In practice, they don't ask most western passport holders for onward flight plans. Katy, relax and enjoy your time in SEA.

I am flying to Macao first then go to Thailand and then Cambodia. Im going to have a problem. Can I just show my RETURN TICKET from Macao to Manila? I plan to buy my Cambodia tickets in Thailand already.

I assume that if I dressed like a western backer and flash an American accent, I wont be asked to show that exit tickets???

7. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 9y

My boyfriend and I had a different experience to everyone else entering Thailand last month through Bangkok airport. The Immigration desks had big signs up saying that people had to produce their passport, arrival card, boarding card (from the flight they had just come from) and an onward ticket. The Immigration Officers also asked EVERY person from our flight for an onward ticket and even refused one lady entry because she didn't have one. It took us forever to get through Immigration - between them checking onward flights and them counting how many days people had spent in Thailand over the last 6 months - and we missed our bus connection!

We were lucky in that we had an onward ticket to show, the Immigration Officers seem to be enforcing this rule when they feel like it and some people have taken the risk and it hasn't paid off. We also entered Thailand overland from Cambodia at Koh Kro Kong and we were asked for an onward ticket there too!

8. Posted by dan_so (Budding Member 56 posts) 9y

Hi
Im going there 2 week and going to be spending around 8 months in SE Asia, i wont be using planes to travel through the countrys, so im wondering how i can show proof of when im leaving thailand??
I will be going to laos after thailand, and planing to stay in thailand for 2 months on a torist visa.
any ideas will be gud as i cant get my head round this!!

Cheers Dan

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

Quoting katyvose1

I am under the impression that when entering Thailand as a UK Citizen you are given a free 30 day visa so long as you prove you are leaving the country within that time frame, is that correct?

Yes, that is true.
U get a 30 day visa on arrival, on condition that u have a ticket to leave before this expires.
I doubt that the immigration in Thailand will ask to see this ticket, so it probably wont matter on that side, even if u dont have one.
The problem may arrise when u want to board the plane to Thailand. They may not want to let u on, if u do not have a return ticket. They asked me if I had a return ticket, when boarding the plane, but did not ask to see it.
Not having an onward ticket may cause problems. But surely they must be getting used to people who are going to travel onwards to other countries, by now, rather than returning.

U could risk going, without an onward ticket, if u want. If the airline ask, I would tell the truth, in case they ask to see the ticket. Tell them u intend to get a bus ticket in Thailand to Cambodia or whatever. If u are going to do this, look as neat and tidy as u can, when travelling, so the thai immigration wont ask u to show the onward ticket. They sometimes ask people they dont like the look of, to prove they have enough money and that they have an onward ticket.

Mel

10. Posted by ChadKSF (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

So it sounds like you dont have to get any visa in advance of arrival at the airport? I am staying less then 30 days but if I need to sort things before I get there any info would help, thx!