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Like many of you I have been,with growing alarm reading the recent reports of trouble with immigration at the Bkk airports, especially Don Muang.

 

May I ask the Thai Visa members for their opinions on the likelihood of having any problems entering in the current immigration climate.

 

Next week I shall be flying into DM from Vietnam, on a Visa Exempt entry, the first time I have ever entered this way. I will have in my possession a return ticket to my home country of the UK (within the 30 days granted entry) 20,000 baht cash and hotel bookings for the duration. My previous history of stays in Thailand are as follows;

 

Nov 2009 - Mar 2017,  Lived and worked, with the appropriate Visas and Work Permits full time. Everything always to the letter of the law and not one problem. Left Thailand and returned to my home country, UK.

 

Nov 2017 - Apr 2018,  Returned to Thailand on a Single Entry TV, which I extended

for 30 days. Left for 7 days at the end of the permitted stay and got another SETV

from Vietnam, which I again extended for 30 days. Left Thailand within the permitted time and returned to my home country. Total duration of stay being just under 6 months.

 

Nov 2018 - Jan 2019,  Returned to Thailand again on a SETV, which I extended for 30 days. Left Thailand end of Jan and have now been in Vietnam ever since.

 

Never had any overstays or any other problems. However in the current climate is this considered "too much time spent in Thailand" Do you think I will have any problems with immigration at Don Muang? 

 

Your thoughts please.......

 

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The last 6 weeks spent outside of los is big plus. Another is your ticket to UK. Obviously you will have pint out to show airline and Thai passport if they decide have an issue. I would be astounded if you were refused. Listen to ubon when he comes along

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If you can, fl;y into Swampy rather than Don Muang.  I think Bangkok Airways does that route.

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29 minutes ago, sunshine42 said:

Never had any overstays or any other problems. However in the current climate is this considered "too much time spent in Thailand" Do you think I will have any problems with immigration at Don Muang? 

 

Your thoughts please.......

I don't think you'll have a problem, first time in on a visa exempt entry, cash in hand and ticket back home (it's clear the UK is where you've been mostly living in the past two years). 

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55 minutes ago, sunshine42 said:

Never had any overstays or any other problems. However in the current climate is this considered "too much time spent in Thailand" Do you think I will have any problems with immigration at Don Muang? 

 

Your thoughts please.......

I would be very surprised if you were denied entry, unfortunately no one can give you a definitive answer.

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My guess is that you will be OK using a first visa exempt entry. However, it would be safer with an SETV. You might run into an immigration official applying the non public 180-day rule which it seems you may have exceeded.

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Thanks guys for your input. I will fly into DM and hope reason prevails and the law is respected!

I have been in Thailand less than the 180 day unofficial limit, in fact when I return at the end of this month I shall only have been in Thailand for 4 of the previous 12 months. 

All this uncertainty I guess is the price we Farang are going to have to pay if we want to continue spending more than just a couple of weeks each year in LoS. Starting to wonder if it is worth it. 

Will report back how it goes.

 

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My advice - avoid flying into DM internationally at all costs. That entry point has become a complete nightmare. The immigration staff there is rude, inefficient, and incompetent. I arrived on a flight last night before midnight and did not get out of there until 1:30am!! This had nothing really to do with the Chinese tour group crowds that compromise the vast majority as they now have their own dedicated lanes. Standing there in one of the "other foreigners" long lines that inefficiently gets merged from 3 lines into one as I watch just about everyone taking minimum 3-4 minutes each at the desk. Often I see people get spoken to rudely about something incorrect on their form or needing to show paperwork proof of accommodation / finances. I saw a few (mostly younger) people get grilled and then escorted to the back office where I would assume they will be questioned more and possibly denied entry. Then of course right in the middle of this, one of the officers decides to take her break and closes down a lane. This adds another 30 minutes to my wait. Now I was not really fearful of anything as I have a non-o extension with re-entry but I would definitely have been nervous if I was coming in on back to back TV or VE. I remember the good old days (pre-2015) when this airport was actually pretty easy and carefree to enter - not so anymore. I really wish they would create dedicated lanes for re-entry permit holders like Japan does. Hopefully things will change with this election but in the meantime I would advise NOT flying into DM if it can at all be avoided.

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14 hours ago, BritTim said:

My guess is that you will be OK using a first visa exempt entry. However, it would be safer with an SETV. You might run into an immigration official applying the non public 180-day rule which it seems you may have exceeded.

Another guy was recently told it's 90-days - he was entering Visa-Exempt:

 

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I have been using the non O visa for the last 13 years last one ran out Oct I came back in Nov for 30 days had return flight to Vietnam DM no problem the same thing 2weeks ago no problem only passport control on one home at 11pm had to wait until 11-30

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18 hours ago, DrJack54 said:

Obviously you will have pint out to show airline and Thai passport if they decide have

Thai passport?

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