First time travelling to Thailand - need some guidance on Vi

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1. Posted by Tom_MG (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Hi there this is my first post on the forum so thank you in advance if anyone can be of assistance!

I am heading off travelling for three months around South East Asia starting in January and was unsure about which visa I would need for Thailand.

My return flight is from London - Bangkok leaving on the 6th January coming back on the 1st April.

I plan to spend no more than 30 days in Thailand intending to fly and travel around Vietnam and Bali during this period. I was confused whether I would qualify for a visa exception as I am in the country for <45 days or whether I would need to get a longer-term travel visa in order for me to enter and leave the country during a 3 month period?

Many thanks,

Tom

2. Posted by MolnarovaHelena (Inactive 1 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

yes cool``! thanx

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 4783 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

If you qualify for the free Visa Exemption or not depends on the passport you enter with not where you come from. With UK passport you can enter for 30 days with a verifiable flight leaving within 30 days. (Supposed to be a temporary 45 day free visa exemption in place now that may or may not be in force when you arrive. This is to encourage more tourist arrivals to get back up to pre-virus levels.)

https://thaiembdc.org/visa-exemption-and-visa-on-arrival/

Verification of flight leaving Thailand will be done at your departure airport. (Plane ticket to next country.) Check out the embassy websites for each country you intend to visit. Plan on paying cash for small things vs flashing a card for everything. Have more than one source of spending money. Ex. Cash, debit cards and credit cards. A single card could be damaged or lost. For Thailand I bring cash in big denominations, for me USD, with no tears, writing, dirt or stains. Along with my normal credit - debit cards. I don't use credit cards overseas because I use cheap places to stay in. But a credit card can be helpful for buying plane rides and emergencies.

Look into some sort of insurance for medical problems that may come up.

Pull up the various embassy websites to see what latest changes are.

Good luck.

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 5026 posts) 7w 1 Star this if you like it!

I assume you are a UK citizen?

The official UK gov website below has regularly-updated info about entry requirements etc for all countries.

Until 31st March 2023 UK citizens can enter Thailand for up to 45 days without a visa:

>From 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023, British passport holders arriving by air or land can enter Thailand for 45days without a visa (a ‘visa exemption’).

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand/entry-requirements

>Look into some sort of insurance for medical problems that may come up.

Get proper travel health insurance and make absolutely sure it covers repatriation costs as well as medical treatment. If you are seriously injured or...god forbid...killed...the cost of medical repatriation flights or return of body will fall on your family. And you *really* don't want that to happen.

Also make sure you either don't take part in activities the insurance doesn't cover (e.g. motorbike riding, parascending) or pay the additional premium to get cover.

5. Posted by Khunwilko (Budding Member 3 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Check out the vaccine requirements.

From Jan 8th, everyone entering the country is required to have proof of 2 vaccinations.

6. Posted by LilyT22 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11h Star this if you like it!

You can enter Thailand for 45 days without a visa if you're a British passport holder. Addition to the rule after pandemic, you will need to purchase medical insurance prior to your arrival in Thailand that covers the cost of covid treatment.

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8. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 5026 posts) 6h Star this if you like it!

Khunwilko:

When you copy/paste content from another website you must give the source.

Your post is copied from https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel-to-thailand/thailand-travel-restrictions-2023 which is not an official Thai government website.

The official Thai Embassy website for the UK shows the official Covid-related entry requirements under 'Info for Travellers':

https://london.thaiembassy.org/en/index

[ Edit: Edited on 4 Feb 2023, 09:32 GMT by leics2 ]

9. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 4783 posts) 3h Star this if you like it!

Tom_MG never came back.

I guess he got all the info he needs!

"I am heading off travelling for three months around South East Asia starting in January and was unsure about which visa I would need for Thailand."

My opinion, Thailand is one of the easiest places to visit! Guess he already has entry requirements for other countries!

Good luck Tom

10. Posted by Khunwilko (Budding Member 3 posts) 3h Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

Tom_MG never came back.

I guess he got all the info he needs!

"I am heading off travelling for three months around South East Asia starting in January and was unsure about which visa I would need for Thailand."

My opinion, Thailand is one of the easiest places to visit! Guess he already has entry requirements for other countries!

Good luck Tom

Pity because the information was correct - now we'll never know!