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Thai visa on arrival (90 day rule)

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1. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

I'm in Asia for five months and I was originally planning on staying in Thailand for 2 months then having a month in Vietnam, then back to Thailand for another 2 months - hence I got a double entry 60 day Thai tourist visa before I came.

But now I'm thinking I'd rather just stay in Thailand for the whole five months so I was wondering if anyone knows exactly how the new 90 day rule works for visa on arrival? If I use my two 60 day visa entries to cover the first four months can I then do another visa run and get a 30 day visa on arrival?

Basically I need to know if my previous four months count towards the new 90 day rule (where you can only have 90 days in any 180 day period) or does the 90 day rule only apply to visits made without a tourist visa?

Urgent advice would be appreciated cos I need to make a decision really soon.

Cheers.

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

A friend of mine, an American, had the 60-day tourist visa as well as a couple of the 30-day visa exemption stamps on his passport. When he was leaving Thailand at the end of his Southeast Asia trip, the Thai immigration counted that 60-day in the 90 days out of 180 days rule.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Quoting Hien

A friend of mine, an American, had the 60-day tourist visa as well as a couple of the 30-day visa exemption stamps on his passport. When he was leaving Thailand at the end of his Southeast Asia trip, the Thai immigration counted that 60-day in the 90 days out of 180 days rule.

Hien,
When I give advice on Thailand visa situations I always add: 'at the discretion of the Immigration official'. The Thai official should not have counted the 60 day tourist visa stay when adding up the 90 day rule. You are allowed 90 days out of 6 months when using the free entry permits. Any visa that you have to pay for is not supposed to count against the 90 day rule. Your American friend was shafted by that official.
Imagine that, a Thai official not playing by the rules. Color me shocked!

4. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

Cheers for the advice.

It's good to know taht it shouldn't count, but also the 'at the discretion' bit is a bit worrying so I think I might just go to Vietnam to be on the safe side.

Also, next year if I get a 3 entry tourist 60 day visa, do I have to complete all three visits within sx months, or do I just have to begin my final visit before the end of the six month period, i.e. so in theory could I end my trip almost 8 months after I first get to Thailand?