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11. Posted by lizp (Full Member 77 posts) 7y

I've heard that Malaysia is going to do the same, but I haven't seen anything in the news about it. I heard they will cut the visa from 3 months to 2 weeks.

12. Posted by jumpybongo (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

entered malaysia 21.12.08 90 day stamp

re-entered after 2 days singapore 90 day stamp no problem 28.12.08

flew into phuket from penang 30 day stamp issued no problem even tho i didnt have a forward flight booked within 30 days. 7.01.09

thai visa situ generally is a joke was due to stay till march but will either re-route or return early:(

13. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 7y

So it looks like if you enter Thailand from a neighboiuring country by air you will get a 30 day waiver stamp.
Still if you come in by land you only get 15.
I'm convinced this will disrupt a lot of holidays to begin with and in the long run, result in people arranging a shorter stay in Thailand.

14. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Yes, it's official. See: http://www.mfa.go.th/web/2482.php?id=2490

The limit of stay (90 days in every 6-month period) clause have also been removed from that page.

15. Posted by wanderitch (Budding Member 81 posts) 7y

This messes up my plan. I was going to arrive in Bangkok, recouperate for a couple of days then fly to Cambodia then work my way back to Thailand overland thinking I would get 30days. But this way I will only get 15 days. So I will just have to pay for the double entry visa. At least that way I can spend 40 days.

Does anybody know whether I have to pay for my Cambodian visa in dollars?

16. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 7y

Hi There

This has messed up our plans too.. we are in Langkawi and only found out yesterday !! We planned to go over to Satun on Friday and spend our 30 days in Thailand before going to Laos but looks like this will have to change now! How annoying!

This may have been covered so apologies if it has but...
We are changing our plans to spend our 15 days in Thailand then head to Cambodia, visit the Thai embassy there to get a 30/60 day tourist visa for 1000baht I think it costs before heading back to Thailand to do all the things we've planned.

I have read somewhere that the embassy in PP weren't very helpful to people who want to do this? Is it more a case that they will do it but make us feel like it's a real pain that we are asking them to ;)??!! Bit of a shame if it is as they will no doubt be getting a huge rise in the number of people doing this from now on!

If someone can confirm that we are 100% able to get our tourist visa in this way that would be fab.

Sophie

17. Posted by wanderitch (Budding Member 81 posts) 7y

The visas are £28 pounds for a single entry and £56 for a double entry.

Is it ok to use a use the free 30 day visa for the first part of my stay (two nights in Bangkok) then use the single entry visa to re-enter from Cambodia for up to 60 days with a single entry visa bought in the UK? Or do I need a double entry for this?

What I'm trying to say is I will enter Thailand twice, first time from the UK will be a stop-off before Cambodia, second will be from Cambodia and I then want to spend a month in Thailand. It is not clear which visa applies. Will my first few days in Bangkok count as a free tourist visa and re-entry mean I need a single entry visa from the UK? Or are they mutually exclusive in that you can't use the tourist visa and an entry visa? I think its a valid question that many will be faced with.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Feb-2009, at 06:22 by wanderitch ]

18. Posted by wanderitch (Budding Member 81 posts) 7y

I've found the answer to my question.

I only need a single entry visa which entitles me to 60 days in Thailand and I don't need proof of exit as I have a visa.

I thought as I am effectively entering twice I would need a double but I don't. If I was to be in Cambodia for a month then I would have needed a double entry.

Problem is now that I can't get to London so I need to pay £22 commission on top of the £28 to get the visa. More money disappearing before I have boarded the plane

19. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Quoting wanderitch

Problem is now that I can't get to London so I need to pay £22 commission on top of the £28 to get the visa. More money disappearing before I have boarded the plane

Ryan,
I can certainly sympathize with your wallet getting drained before you even leave home! My 06 trip to VietNam cost me a bundle before leaving Vegas. The VN Consulate in the US charges $45 for a 30 day visa. I have bought 30 day VN visas in Phnom Penh for $28. I also had to send it overnight mail, both ways. Total cost for a $25 VN visa was $68! For my '08 trip, I used the 'visa on arrival' system that is an option if flying into VN. Cost was $42, much better and I did not have to mail my passport and stress about getting it back in time for my flight.

Let's face it Ryan, travel costs can add up to be a real chunk of change. But, all of us on TP have decided that it is worth the time, trouble and expense to visit new countries.
Have a great time in SEA.

20. Posted by wanderitch (Budding Member 81 posts) 7y

Yeah I know it will all be worth it when I'm there, still a pain right now though.

I have now spoken to a second advisor who thinks I should buy a double entry visa. If I was to turn up at the airport with a flight out to Cambodia I wouldnt need a visa upon entry and I could then use my single-entry visa on re-entry to Thailand. He thinks however there is a good chance that they will stamp my visa upon arrival anyway even though technically they shouldnt meaning I would need a double-entry. I don't want to pay the extra if I dont need it though.