I know this sounds a bit odd, but go with it, and please leave your feed back if you have visted Thailand, particuarly Bangkok customs and immagration.
My Father lives on the beautiful Isalnd of Koh Samui, and I am about the start the process of applying for a visa to vist him for a month or two. However, I have heard some thing about the Thai Immagration that slightly worries me. I have been informed that Thai Immagration may deny me entrance into the country for me being a male with long hair. My hair is half way down my back, and of course I can look presentable and have my hair pulled back into a decent poney tail. I thought this sounded a bit odd, but I do understand and respect that it isn't the USA which I am used to, and that it is a different country who could (and does in alot of ways) opperate differently than the US. The person who informed of of this also isn't a fan of my having long hair, this being my father. So is my leg being pulled, or would I be an example of Thai not wanting the influence of western culture which may be unacceptable
Thanks for your help and input.
U may not need to apply for a visa, before u go to Thailand.
Citizens of many countries can get a 30 day visa on arrival, at Bangkok airport, free of charge.
Dont worry about your hair. Unless u are a scruff bag or have a lot of tatoos and body piercings, the immigration of Thailand will be unlikely to bother u at all. If u are of the scruffy type, they may(not usually) ask to see how much money u have, and to see your ticket to leave Thailand. Even if u are one of the unlucky ones they check, if u have all the requirements to enter Thailand, they will let u in. Although most Thai men have short hair, I think your father may be exaggerating about how unacceptable long hair is in Thailand.
For your hair, i dont think its a problem. Even you have beard. There is no problem at all. Depends on the situation.
Entered Thailand on multiple occasions with my brother who's got lang hair, no problem at all
You're having your leg pulled......
Singapore did havwe a problem with long hair but even that neo-fascist state is liberalizing now.
as for visas - if you are tihnking of staying longer than 30 days, get a visa. you CAN stay on with the "free" non visa 30 day stamp but it is much easier if you have a visa in advance.
Not related to your long hair, but it's important. Be sure to have a return ticket ready when entering Thailand. It's a must, or you'll be denied entry.
Now there's a thing....how many people have actually been turned away so far. I know that it's MEANT to be the rule but how effectively is this enforced.....
and what is the rule????
...I suspect it is that you have to persuade the immigration officer that you fully intend to leave the country before or when your visa runs out. The easiest way is to produce a ticket, BUT this is not the only way. I had a friend who had problems as he was leaving the country by sailboat. This held him up a immigration for some time but he was not denied entry in the end.
If you are entering the country for work or other reasons I doubt if an onward ticket would be prctical, or if you already live in Thailand. what about multiple entry visas?
My brother travels from KL to Bangkok quite often, and he said he's seen many being turned away. It is the discretion of the immigration officer to enforce the rule, and I'm sure some could have talked their way through under certain circumstances. But unless you have a really strong case of not having a return ticket, do you really want to risk being turned away?
I remember one member reported that an airline (AirAsia?) even denied him to board a flight because he did not have a return ticket. I think that could have happened during the start of the strict enforcement. AirAsia's website gave a clear warning about Thai immigration rules requiring a return ticket when you purchase a one-way ticket to Thailand.
As for multiple-entry visas (work, tourist, or PR), I think they would be less strict on this. My brother is getting a multiple-entry visa soon. I will comment more on this later.
Ya I'm not worried about the visa issue or having a return ticket, I will have all those things I need. It was only the issue of the hair that I was worried about. : P Thanks for all your advice, and if you can add more, please feel free to continue doing so.
This is still hearsay - what we need is someone who has ACTUALLY been turned away.................