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tenji

More visa time - what are the options?

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I arrived last August on a 60 days tourist visa (TR), and got 30 days at Mae Sai. Then I got another TR in Penang, and I just got another 30 days at Mae Sai. The IO marked this last stamp at Mae Sai with a ''1'' (because it is a new calendar year). I need more time. What are the options?

 

Can I return to Mae Sai? Or do I need to get another TR? Or ''fly out fly in'' for 30 days? Can I get 30 days or 7 days at immigration? 

Any info much appreciated. Thanks

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You can extend both tourist visas and 30 day visa exempt stamps (from Maesai)for a further 30 days at immigration   .

   You can also get one more visa exmpt stamp from Maesai 

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You mean I can just go to Mae Sai and get another 30 days? (The IO will mark it ''2''.) I don't need to get another TR, or fly out/fly in?

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34 minutes ago, tenji said:

You mean I can just go to Mae Sai and get another 30 days? (The IO will mark it ''2''.) I don't need to get another TR, or fly out/fly in?

It might depend on how much more time you are really wanting. Another land border crossing, your last for 11.5 months, may be enough!

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Probably best is for you to travel to Vientiane for a tourist visa. However, this depends on your medium to long term plans for spending further time in Thailand. We really do not have enough information to tell you which options make sense.

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Thanks for your replies.

I will need more than 7 days but probably not more 14 days. Then I will quit Thailand indefinitely. So if I can just go to Mae Sai for another 30 days (or visit immigration for another 30 days) that will be sufficient. 

 

So my question is: are two ''back to back'' border runs allowed?  

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1 hour ago, tenji said:

Thanks for your replies.

I will need more than 7 days but probably not more 14 days. Then I will quit Thailand indefinitely. So if I can just go to Mae Sai for another 30 days (or visit immigration for another 30 days) that will be sufficient. 

 

So my question is: are two ''back to back'' border runs allowed?  

By land, except at Poipet, they usually are, without issue.  If using a Myanmar crossing (Mai Sai), they won't let you leave unless they will let you back in - so just be sure and go a couple days in-advance, so you can react if there is an unannounced policy-shift. 

 

I would recommend going to Immigration for another 30 days, to keep your Total Count of Visa-Exempt entries low - which could be helpful if you decide to spend time in Thailand in the future.  Even years out, that count might matter.

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Okay JackThompson, thanks for the feedback.

 

I did not realise this consecutive sequence is permissible: 

1) 60 days TR, then 2) 30 days land border, then 3) 30 days immigration,

or this sequence: 

1) 60 days TR, then 2) 30 days land border, then 3) 30 days land border. 

 

Out of interest, I wonder what step 4) is allowed? It's a bit tricky isn't it.

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36 minutes ago, tenji said:

Okay JackThompson, thanks for the feedback.

 

I did not realise this consecutive sequence is permissible: 

1) 60 days TR, then 2) 30 days land border, then 3) 30 days immigration,

or this sequence: 

1) 60 days TR, then 2) 30 days land border, then 3) 30 days land border. 

 

Out of interest, I wonder what step 4) is allowed? It's a bit tricky isn't it.

Perhaps dead end. Do you have 500k. If so I have easy solution.

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2 hours ago, tenji said:

Okay JackThompson, thanks for the feedback.

 

I did not realise this consecutive sequence is permissible: 

1) 60 days TR, then 2) 30 days land border, then 3) 30 days immigration,

or this sequence: 

1) 60 days TR, then 2) 30 days land border, then 3) 30 days land border. 

 

Out of interest, I wonder what step 4) is allowed? It's a bit tricky isn't it.

You could do a 30-day extension on the TR Visas, also.  But if planning more steps - skip the land-border runs entirely, and stick with Tourist Visas and 30-day extensions of those.  Save land-border visa-exempt entries for a case where you don't get the Tourist Visa you planned to get on a trip.  Some have done this for years.  Just don't enter at bad-entry-points - stick to land-borders who follow to the published rules.

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8 hours ago, DrJack54 said:

Perhaps dead end. Do you have 500k. If so I have easy solution.

If you are referring to the Thailand Elite Visa scheme, unfortunately I don't have cash spare enough for that. 

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6 hours ago, JackThompson said:

You could do a 30-day extension on the TR Visas, also.  But if planning more steps - skip the land-border runs entirely, and stick with Tourist Visas and 30-day extensions of those.  Save land-border visa-exempt entries for a case where you don't get the Tourist Visa you planned to get on a trip.  Some have done this for years.  Just don't enter at bad-entry-points - stick to land-borders who follow to the published rules.

Okay. I see.

At the moment I am not keen on presenting myself at a local in country immigration because I have only recently discovered that the thing called ''90 day reporting'' may apply to persons on TR visas. Or does it? I can't tell. So I just need to bag 2 or 3 extra weeks and quit this crazy scene. 

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29 minutes ago, tenji said:

Or does it?

No it does not. You only have to do the 90 day reports if you can stay more than 90 consecutive days in the country.

Perhaps you are confusing it with reports of you staying at your residence using a TM30 form.

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I was told by a senior immigration police colonel that 30 day visa exempt stamps could NOT be extended....only a valid Tourist visa can.

Was he wrong or have the rules changed??

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