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1. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,
below is an email I sent to the Thai Embassy, and their response. Is it worth doing as they say (send off for the visa in advance) or can I just wing it when I arrive.

----------------My Email:-----------------------
in January myself and my girlfriend are going on a round-the-world trip, for approx 12 months. Our first port of call is South East Asia. We will be landing in Bangkok, and spending some time in Thailand, before travelling through Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and back to Thailand again to fly out of Bangkok approximately May 1st.
Could you advise me on the visa options that are available to us please. I understand that we will be granted a 30 day visa on entry, but are there any other options available to us?
Thanks in advance

---------Their Reply: [from a hotmail address :O] -----------
Dear sir/madame,

Please apply visa before travelling to South East Asia. You are under 30 days visa exemption only when you have 30 days confirm return ticket. In the case
that you have round-the-world ticket you will be required visa to enter the Kingdom of Thailand. For more information about obtaining Thai Visas please see
our offcial website at

We hope this is helpful.

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2. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You have an Irish Passport so all you need to do is turn up at ANY Thai border and you will get a FREE 30 day visa stamp for travelling Thailand.
If you want to stay longer just go over ANY BORDER surrounding Thailand for 10mins,1day and when you come back you get another 30day stamp visa.
Have a good trip and enjoy your travels.
al de bes

3. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

thanks Jack, I know about the pop over the border thing, but I just want to avoid the hassle of going in without a return ticket for inside 30 days time...

4. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Ken, jackboy's advice is right on the money. AS for the need for a return ticket, that might be the official line but in practice I have never needed nor heard of anyone needing one. As has already been mentioned they will take one look at your passport and give it the 30 day stamp... end of story...

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2128 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I've been in and out of Thailand lots of times in the last nine years - I have never been asked to produce a return ticket.

(I've always had a return ticket, no Thai official, so far, has ever asked to see it!)