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1. Posted by lfc124 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

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Hi,

My boyfriend and I have just booked our RTW trip. We're going in September to Thailand and then overland to Malaysia and Singapore.

I'm a bit confused about the visa requirements however, I have read the other threads but am still not sure whether we need a visa or not, as we will be in Thailand for about 2 weeks but do not have tickets for departing the country, which the Thai Embassy info seems to imply you need for a Visa exemption. Can anyone advise me on this please?

Also, will we need a visa for Malaysia/Singapore too?

Thanks for your help!

Laura

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 9y

hi,

You don't say what passport you will be travelling on, but if you are British citizens you do not need a visa for Singapore or Malaysia - you get stamped in on entry (for 30 days i think?). As for Thailand, you may find these threads useful:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=34228
http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=41579

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Hi Laura,

Welcome to Travellerspoint. :)

You have not filled your profile page with some basic information like your citizenship which is useful for us here to help you out. But let's assume that both of you are UK or US citizens (pretty common for this site). You will get a 3 months visa upon arrival for both Malaysia and Singapore.

As for Thailand, you are right on the requirement about having an onward ticket with you when you enter. The law does state that, but it's hardly enforced, and so far we have not heard of any reports from fellow caucasian members being asked for an onward ticket. But since you've decided that you only wanted to stay in Thailand for two weeks, why not get the ticket now? Or is the 2 weeks not final yet?

Hien

4. Posted by lfc124 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi thanks for your responses!

Yes we are both British citizens. We aren't definite about the two weeks yet, no. We are planning on travelling into Malaysia by train - so we thought we would buy our onward tickets when we got to Thailand. Unless we could buy them in advance?

Thank you so much for your help,

Laura

5. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 9y

In theory you do need to convince the immigration official that you are going to leave the country within the required time - in practice that doesn't need to happen - however I have a friend who arrived with me intending to sail a yacht back to Australia and so only had a one way ticket - it took several hours to sort that one out.

There are 43 countries who's citizens do not need to apply for a visa - on arrival you will get a stamp on you passport allowing you to stay for up to 30 days. technically this is not a visa. On leaving and re-entering you will get another - up to a period of about 90 days of repeated visits - then all sorts of crap starts to happen.

If you get a visa before you leave England you are considered to be a more reliable visitor but for your purposes I would have thought you would be OK. If you are worried go to one of the consulates or the Embassy in UK and ask for details of tourist visas

6. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 9y

I would think you are best off buying your onward ticket in Thailand.

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

Quoting Hien

As for Thailand, you are right on the requirement about having an onward ticket with you when you enter. The law does state that, but it's hardly enforced, and so far we have not heard of any reports from fellow caucasian members being asked for an onward ticket. But since you've decided that you only wanted to stay in Thailand for two weeks, why not get the ticket now? Or is the 2 weeks not final yet? Hien

I think I have posted this before in the sticky thread at the top.

My boyfriend and I (both British) were asked for an onward ticket when we last entered Thailand in May...there were signs up at Immigration desks saying people should present their passport, boarding card, arrivals card and onward ticket. They asked everyone and a girl next to us (French we think) was refused entry because she didn't have an onward ticket. Each time we have entered Thailand over the last 6 months whether in an airport or at a land border we have been asked for an onward ticket without fail, as was everyone else waiting in the line

Donna

8. Posted by beckyxe (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

Hello there...

I have another simple visa question regarding thai visa's!

We are leaving on the 1st December and will be staying till the 31st Jan 08. We will be in thailand for most of that time but will be spending maybe a week in cambodia and maybe a week in malaysia.
Will we still need a two month visa as we will be leaving thailand and coming back again and was told that once you leave thailand your 30 day visa is started again upon re-entry (even if you are only gone for a few days)??

I'm sure this question has already been answered but i am still confused. We have an onward ticket to Sydney and we hold british passports.

Cheers
Becky

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

Becky,
You have a few options. Buy the multiple entry tourist visa in the UK. This allows you 60 days and you can leave Thailand for Cambodia and Malaysia then reenter. If possible, get over to the Thai embassy before you travel and tell them your plans. It would be reassuring to hear it from an embassy official.

You can fly in and accept the free 30 visa waiver. However, you do not have an onward ticket in the 30 day period. Thai Imm. usually does not ask westerners for proof of onward travel, but they can. If asked, show them your flight ticket to Sydney and explain that you are going to visit Malaysia overland before the 30 day period is up. You then plan on reentering Thailand for your flight: BKK- SYD. That should satisfy Imm. The Thais have a convenient rule: All decisions are at the discretion of the official. He/she can make it very easy or difficult, depending on how you approach them and what mood they are in. You should be fine with your BKK-SYD ticket in your possession and adequate funds.

Another option would be to buy an Air Asia ticket: BKK-PNH. You plan on going to Cambodia anyway, fly to Phnom Penh and return overland after visiting Angkor Wat. That will certainly be an adventure. You can then get another free 30 day visa waiver at the Poipet border, finish your time in Thailand and catch your flight to SYD.

I hope this helps with your planning. Send me a PM if you have questions. Good luck.

10. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting loubylou

Quoting Hien

As for Thailand, you are right on the requirement about having an onward ticket with you when you enter. The law does state that, but it's hardly enforced, and so far we have not heard of any reports from fellow caucasian members being asked for an onward ticket. But since you've decided that you only wanted to stay in Thailand for two weeks, why not get the ticket now? Or is the 2 weeks not final yet? Hien

I think I have posted this before in the sticky thread at the top.

My boyfriend and I (both British) were asked for an onward ticket when we last entered Thailand in May...there were signs up at Immigration desks saying people should present their passport, boarding card, arrivals card and onward ticket. They asked everyone and a girl next to us (French we think) was refused entry because she didn't have an onward ticket. Each time we have entered Thailand over the last 6 months whether in an airport or at a land border we have been asked for an onward ticket without fail, as was everyone else waiting in the line

Donna

Yup, you did. I've forgotten about that one.

It looks like they've started to enforce this rule more frequently, if not all the time now.

At the AirAsia website, if you try to book a one-way ticket to Thailand, you'll be shown this message:

THAILAND-

Visa is required if not holding confirmed tickets for onward/return journey. It is highly recommended to hold an onward/return ticket.