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1. Posted by alecg14 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi,
I have read Hien's post on thai visa rules but couldn't see an answer directly applicable to my own situation so would appreciate any help.
I am travelling around south east asia in august. My problem is this. I am flying in to bangkok on 2nd august and my return flight is not until 10th september, so the time in between is more than 30 days for the visa waiver. Although i fly in and out of bangkok I will be leaving thailand VIA LAND to laos on 5th august and returning to thailand on 20th through cambodia. So both times i'm in thailand is less than 30 days. I have a full itenary from the travel company that are bringing us to laos and cambodia and have a printed off confirmation with dates of departure from thailand and return.
I have talked to the thai consulate here in the UK and they say I need a 60 day visa for my initial visit to thailand. Looking round some of websites it suggests that at arrival at the airport immigration do not ask to see proof of onward travel. Is this the case?
Also some people have said that it may be the airline that won't let you travel if you do not have the visa? I am travelling with sri lankan airlines. do you know if this is the case with them?
any help would be greatly appreciated,
thank you,
Alec

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

The problem is that the written rules are different that what happens on a daily basis. Legally, you do need a flight out of Thaland within 30 days if you accept the free entry permit. But in reality, the Thai Immigration officers don't check departing flight information. Your airline will check for a returning flight, which you have. They will be satisfied with your arrangements. Thai Imm. will give you the free 30 day entry permit on arrival. You will get another free 30 day entry permit when entering Thailand from Cambodia. The Imm. officers will add up the days spent in Thailand, but you are legal.

Thailand encourages tourism, they are not out to deny entry to visitors ready to spend money while in Thailand. Have your itinerary ready at Thai Imm., but you won't have to show it.

Enjoy your hoiday while in Asia.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1595 posts) 8y

Quoting alecg14

Hi,
I am travelling around south east asia in august. My problem is this. I am flying in to bangkok on 2nd august and my return flight is not until 10th september, so the time in between is more than 30 days for the visa waiver. Although i fly in and out of bangkok I will be leaving thailand VIA LAND to laos on 5th august and returning to thailand on 20th through cambodia. So both times i'm in thailand is less than 30 days. I have a full itenary from the travel company that are bringing us to laos and cambodia and have a printed off confirmation with dates of departure from thailand and return.
Alec

You shouldn't have any problem. You will get your free 30 days when you arrive in Bangkok and another free 30 days when you come back to Thailand from Laos. Just long as you don't accrue more than 90 days with the free 30 day permit within a 180 day period. (They do count the days up!)

I have been in and out of the airport at Bangkok lots of times and they have never even asked for a return ticket. Thousands of back packers come to Thailand and head over to other countries all the time. With so many tickets E-tickets not too many people have return tickets anyway. It would be very unusual for you to have a problem with Thailand.

Good luck.