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How many entries without visa with Aussie passport?

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I have Aussie passport, with this passport I entered at Swampy last month without any visa and was stamped in for 30 days. A week later I went to Lao for a couple nights and was stamped back in at Nong Khai for 30 days. Nine days later I departed Swampy for Australia. Now I'm booked to fly to Thailand again, this time to Don Muang on May 5 and have a return ticket back to Australia on June 2 (29 days later) so once again I'll be entering without a visa, only requiring a 30 day stamp. So this will make only my 3rd entry in this passport, but my 3rd in under two months. I've heard there are limits on the number of entries tourist can make without a visa. So could any of these limits apply to me?

 

If asked I will show a ticket out and I'll be carrying well in excess of the 20,000 Bt that some people are asked to show. 

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3 minutes ago, TSF said:

I've heard there are limits on the number of entries tourist can make without a visa.

The only limit is to the number of land border entries on a Visa waiver, at 2 per year. 

There are rumours that at 4+ entries you may be scrutinized.

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You could do several "1-week and leave" visa-exempt entries w/o issue.  The 30-day stays may cause problems at some point, but your next trip should not be an issue on entry.  The trip after  your next trip will also likely be OK if you spend 2 mo or so out of Thailand before returning, based on reports I have read.

 

I say "likely," because the IOs at the Bangkok airports do not operate by any known set of rules, and are not operating under a functional chain-of-command.  They appear to be making up whatever rule as "too much time in Thailand" they feel like - even though it is illegal to deny-entry based on "too much time" / past-time in-country (they hide their actions behind an another, inapplicable, denial-of-entry stamp).  They have been known to hassle on/off oil workers and snowbirds - so it's not just people who spend almost all their time here who could have problems.

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Thanks for the above replies. I guessed I'd be OK but thought no harm in asking.

3 hours ago, jacko45k said:

The only limit is to the number of land border entries on a Visa waiver, at 2 per year. 

There are rumours that at 4+ entries you may be scrutinized.

That's interesting. I'm planning on spending these upcoming 29 days in Thailand. But if I made a side trip, for example to Cambodia for a few days, re-entering Thailand at a land border....that makes 2 this year. So that would be it? I couldn't do it again for the next 12 months? (I'm not planning on doing this at all, just curious about the situation/regulations)

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18 minutes ago, TSF said:

Thanks for the above replies. I guessed I'd be OK but thought no harm in asking.

That's interesting. I'm planning on spending these upcoming 29 days in Thailand. But if I made a side trip, for example to Cambodia for a few days, re-entering Thailand at a land border....that makes 2 this year. So that would be it? I couldn't do it again for the next 12 months? (I'm not planning on doing this at all, just curious about the situation/regulations)

Yes that would be it unless you got yourself a Tourist Visa. 

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2 minutes ago, jacko45k said:

Yes that would be it unless you got yourself a Tourist Visa. 

OK thanks for the info.

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1 hour ago, TSF said:

Thanks for the above replies. I guessed I'd be OK but thought no harm in asking.

That's interesting. I'm planning on spending these upcoming 29 days in Thailand. But if I made a side trip, for example to Cambodia for a few days, re-entering Thailand at a land border....that makes 2 this year. So that would be it? I couldn't do it again for the next 12 months? (I'm not planning on doing this at all, just curious about the situation/regulations)

It would be the last time you could use a land crossing until 1st January next year, not 12 months from your last entry.

 

It is a static date restriction; 1st Jan - 31st Dec.

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I went to Thailand without a visa (less than 30 days) 36 times on my last passport without any questions from Immigration

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1 hour ago, jaiyen said:

I went to Thailand without a visa (less than 30 days) 36 times on my last passport without any questions from Immigration

Same same. I do fifo work.and have been doing so for 9 years filled 2 passports with visa exempt flying into Don muang and swampy never been pulled up.

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15 hours ago, TSF said:

Thanks for the above replies. I guessed I'd be OK but thought no harm in asking.

That's interesting. I'm planning on spending these upcoming 29 days in Thailand. But if I made a side trip, for example to Cambodia for a few days, re-entering Thailand at a land border....that makes 2 this year. So that would be it? I couldn't do it again for the next 12 months? (I'm not planning on doing this at all, just curious about the situation/regulations)

Two border crossings per calendar year is OK...NO MORE.

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18 hours ago, TSF said:

Thanks for the above replies. I guessed I'd be OK but thought no harm in asking.

That's interesting. I'm planning on spending these upcoming 29 days in Thailand. But if I made a side trip, for example to Cambodia for a few days, re-entering Thailand at a land border....that makes 2 this year. So that would be it? I couldn't do it again for the next 12 months? (I'm not planning on doing this at all, just curious about the situation/regulations)

In such a situation, if you wanted to retain your last visa exempt entry by land, this can be done by getting a re-entry permit (1000 baht) rather than planning a fresh visa exempt entry.

 

By the way, we are all assuming your visits to Thailand in the past using previous passports have been non existent or very limited. If, in fact, you have been coming for years, immigration has a record of your entries using previous passports. Our advice that you seem OK for the moment could need revising.

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On ‎4‎/‎22‎/‎2019 at 7:02 AM, jacko45k said:

The only limit is to the number of land border entries on a Visa waiver, at 2 per year. 

There are rumours that at 4+ entries you may be scrutinized.

Not rumours. I have previously posted links to 2 legal sites stating that you are only allowed a maximum of 4 entries per calendar year (1 Jan - 31 Dec) into Thailand using the 30 day visa on entry method. All subsequent entries for that year MUST be by Tourist visa.

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5 minutes ago, TigerandDog said:

Not rumours. I have previously posted links to 2 legal sites stating that you are only allowed a maximum of 4 entries per calendar year (1 Jan - 31 Dec) into Thailand using the 30 day visa on entry method. All subsequent entries for that year MUST be by Tourist visa.

I have seen no posts for any official Thai government website. There is no official limit on visa exempt entries by air over any amount of time.

By legal website I assume it could be a site set up by a law firm.

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17 hours ago, willr said:

Same same. I do fifo work.and have been doing so for 9 years filled 2 passports with visa exempt flying into Don muang and swampy never been pulled up.

I got asked way back in July 2016 from IO  and how long do you intend to stay in Thailand this time,  after knocking up 24 entries in one years with Fly in/out from mining, I've only been back once since then. 

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My next entry on May 5 will be my 3rd in this (Aussie) passport, and my last, as I have another passport (UK) with a current retirement ext + multi-re-entry visa. My next entry into Thailand (after this upcoming trip) will be sometime in June and I'll be switching back to the UK passport for that as I'll be returning to live FT in Thailand.

The only reason I've used the Aussie passport for these past couple of entries is my UK passport is filling up fast, while the Aussie passport hardly has any stamps at all, and I've been flying back and forth between BKK & Perth every few weeks as I'm having medical treatment for skin cancer. So I wanted to save some space in my UK passport and get these short trips stamps into my nearly empty Oz passport.

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