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BANGKOK 19 August 2019 00:59
Fuzzyken

Entering Thailand by air several times per year for short visits

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Still unable to find anything written on this by immigration although land crossings are fixed at twice per annum. Following a recent two week stay in Thailand I was questioned by passport control as to why I did not have a visa and this was when I was leaving Thailand at Don Muang. I want to visit Thailand a few times each year for less than 30 days each time and would like to know the exact rules for doing so. I am a UK passport holder living in Cambodia. 

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There are no written rules about what you have done or are planning on doing.

The only rule that was ever written was to check for those doing out/in trips to get new 30 day visa exempt entry to stay in the country,

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Less than 30 days each time? If it is something like a few days each time, I think there shouldn't be a problem entering dozens of time each year. If it is 20 days or more each time, I think that may be a problem.

 

As for land border crossings, Malaysians are the only nationality exempt from the two entry limit. After all, many Malaysians cross over to Betong and Hat Yai to spend the weekend there.

 

 

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I do more 15 visa on arrivals each year. Stay between 5 and 28 days. In that time had a 1 day overstay fine. Aus passport

Only questioned once to put more details of my intended place of residence In Thailand.

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The commonality for being denied with a "good" western passport seems to be a cumulative stay of 9 months or more for 2 or more years consecutive years. Even then your chances of being denied are probably small, but you would be understandably nervous when going through immigration.

 

If your cumulative stay is say 6 months per year your chances of being denied are very close to nil. 

 

Caveat: The above assumes you have had zero issues during your stay in LOS

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If you keep each stay to below 14 days then you will probably be fine.

 

The only two questions you need to ask yourself are:

1- will it be enough to enjoy your stay?

2- Do you really want to attach yourself to a place that will probably put you in a lot of heartache at some point in time..

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There is no set limited, but immigration office have the discretional power to deny entry following any number of previous visits. They are only likely to deny entry if they think your living in the country.

 

A few entries per year of less than 30 days should not be a problem.

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18 hours ago, geisha said:

Briggsy, Hes living in Cambodia !

Yes, I know. That is what my post says. Read it again. You may have misunderstood.

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On ‎7‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 12:35 PM, ubonjoe said:

There are no written rules about what you have done or are planning on doing.

The only rule that was ever written was to check for those doing out/in trips to get new 30 day visa exempt entry to stay in the country,

Joe, I've actually come across information that states that the number of times you can enter via an international airport in a calendar year on a 30 day exemption is NOW 4. Unfortunately I'm unable to locate the link to post it here. I do have a friend who was refused entry on his 5th visit last year at Swampy, so IO's appear to be enforcing this new limitation.

 

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17 minutes ago, TigerandDog said:

Joe, I've actually come across information that states that the number of times you can enter via an international airport in a calendar year on a 30 day exemption is NOW 4. Unfortunately I'm unable to locate the link to post it here. I do have a friend who was refused entry on his 5th visit last year at Swampy, so IO's appear to be enforcing this new limitation.

 

 

See my post above.  There may have been other factors involved in your friends refusal.  I have 7 visa exempt entries 2019 year to date. 

Bear in mind a couple of these were only for three days. I've never stayed 30 days. 

I also have a non tourist reason for visiting Thailand and put my wife's full address on the immi form. 

Whether that makes a difference I really don't know. 

Edited by emptypockets
Fixing Autospell nonsense words

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