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Can i get a tourist visa for thailand whilst in the country?

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1. Posted by owen21 (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Hi,

I'm travelling to Thailand for 6 weeks at the end of July. I am aware that i need a tourist visa if i want to stay in the country longer than 30 days. Can anyone give me some advice on weather i can apply for this visa whilst in the country or does this have to be approved before leaving the UK. Any information would be gratefully appreciated.

Thanks, Owen

2. Posted by KevinRB (Inactive 76 posts) 7y

Hi Owen

Good Morning

As a UK passport holder you will receive a 30 day "Visa Exemption" upon arrival by international flight, to extend your stay beyond 30 days, you HAVE to leave Thailand & re-enter through one of it's borders Malaysia / Myanmar / Laos or Cambodia, you will receive a "Visa on Arrival" that will give you another 15 days = 45 days total.

If you want longer time than that, you need to leave, then re-enter Thailand by International flight, which will give you another 30 days = 60 days in total.

The only other option is a 60 day Tourist Visa for Thailand, which you need to get before you leave the U.K..

Kind Regards

Kevin:)

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3. Posted by dwitch (Budding Member 26 posts) 7y

;)Its always better to apply for a 60 day tourist visa before you travel,.......but yes you can get an extensionto your stay. You will need go to the immigration office and apply for an extension.

4. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

Quoting dwitch

;)Its always better to apply for a 60 day tourist visa before you travel,.......but yes you can get an extensionto your stay. You will need go to the immigration office and apply for an extension.

But to clarify, you cant extend a visa exemption only a visa, if you have a 15 or 30 day exemption you have to leave and then re enter.

5. Posted by KevinRB (Inactive 76 posts) 7y

Hi

Good Morning

just to go back to Dwitch's comments, YOU CANNOT apply for a tourist visa AFTER you leave the UK you have to apply in the UK and receive BEFORE you travel, I know this from personal experience following a run in with Thai Immigration a few years ago !!.

But if you do go down the 60 day Tourist Visa you CAN extend your stay by a visit to Immigration as previously suggested.

Kind Regards

Kevin:)

6. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

Quoting KevinRB

Hi

Good Morning

just to go back to Dwitch's comments, YOU CANNOT apply for a tourist visa AFTER you leave the UK you have to apply in the UK and receive BEFORE you travel, I know this from personal experience following a run in with Thai Immigration a few years ago !!.

But if you do go down the 60 day Tourist Visa you CAN extend your stay by a visit to Immigration as previously suggested.

Kind Regards

Kevin:)

Either you got the run around, or I was given miss information in NZ. i hold a UK passport and was in NZ. Called and had email conversations with Thai Immigration in Wellington NZ and they seemed ok with me obtaining a 60 day tourist visa. The visa app on their website doesn't say anything about not being eligible either.

7. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

And by the way, just to add more confusion the whole Thai immigration situation. As of June 1st 2009 you can no longer obtain 15 day visa exemptions after you have had 4 in a row. In the letter I read this is to stop people that are doing "visa runs" indefinitely. Shouldn't really effect the average traveler unless you are living on the down low in Thailand.

8. Posted by KevinRB (Inactive 76 posts) 7y

Hi Dwitch

The section below is cut & pasted from the Royal Thai Consulate, Hull website:

"Persons of all ages not eligible to enter Thailand under the “Visa Exemption Rule” or the “Visa-On-Arrival Rule” must be in possession of a valid Tourist Visa or Non-Immigrant Visa, which must be relevant to their period of stay in Thailand. They must obtain this visa before arriving in Thailand"

I know this because I sent a postal application for one from Thailand, and had HUGE problems with Thai Immigration here in Thailand, and afterwards with the Royal Thai Consulate in UK.

And just to clarify the previous post from Dodger the new 4x 15day visa on arrivals is there SOLELY for the function of trying to keep out the people who CANNOT qualify for a longer stay.

Kind Regards

Kevin:)

9. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 7y

Quoting owen21

Hi,

I'm travelling to Thailand for 6 weeks at the end of July. I am aware that i need a tourist visa if i want to stay in the country longer than 30 days. Can anyone give me some advice on weather i can apply for this visa whilst in the country or does this have to be approved before leaving the UK. Any information would be gratefully appreciated.

Thanks, Owen

You can get a free 60 day visa for a limited time but you have to do it now while still in your own country.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1570271/thailand_offers_free_tourist_visas.html?cat=16

You know just by arriving at the Bangkok airport you will get a free 30 day permit stamp in your passport. During this 6 weeks are you ever going to visit a second country - like Malaysia or Laos for instance? Because if you do, you can get another free entry stamp in your passport again when you return to Thailand. If you return by land you get 15 days and if you fly in you get a free 30 day stamp. You only need 6 weeks, maybe 42 days anyway. Many tourists just make border runs to stay in Thailand, they head for the nearest border, get stamped out of Thailand and then stamped into the other country, get stamped out and then return to Thailand. There is a limit on this now, but for you you won't reach that limit.

If you intend to visit another country just leave before the free 30 days runs out and when you return you will get at least 15 days more. Just stay in the second country long enough so that you get enough days to cover you after you return. Or, just get the free 60 days if you do not intend to leave Thailand.

Good luck.