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I entered Thailand at the end of January 2019 with just a Visa Excempt and got 30 days which I later extended for 30 more. I thought I wasn't going to stay longer than that but things change. So I didn't use my return ticket. Instead I went for two consecutive border runs, first to Cambodia and later to Malaysia. I extended both of them with no problems. My plan after this was to get an Ed visa and study Thai.

 

Being the procrastinator that I am, I found out that I need to apply at least 1 month in advance so I went to a Visa Travel Agency and enquired about getting a Tourist Visa. I was advised that there was no need for that. I just needed to fly back in to Thailand. So I went by bus to Malaysia and flew from KL to Krabi.

 

However, the IO didn't like what he saw in my passport. He asked me repeatedly why I didn't have a Tourist Visa and I explained that I never planned on staying this long. I was taken to a senior officer and the same thing happened there. I never explained that my intention was to get an ED visa because at the time I thought that it would lessen my chances of getting in. (I kind of regret that now)

 

Anyway, it seems that they weren't that interested in what I had to say and had made their minds up. I was told that I had to fly back to KL and I should go to the Thai Embassy and apply for a Tourist Visa. So now I'm back in KL after having paid 4000 baht for a return ticket. My passport was taken away from me and I signed a document which I quickly skimmed through. Pretty sure that I didn't incriminate myself but not sure. I think it just said that I understand that I'm not allowed back in.

 

I was accompanied by a friendly security guard all the way to the aircraft. When we reached KL, I was guided by AirAsia staff to the Malaysian Immigration where I finally got my passport back. That's when I saw the stamp they'd put in it and it certainly doesn't look good. I looked up the numbers within the brackets and I'm suspected of not having enough funds and working illegally. I was never asked about money or employment (which pisses me off). 

 

So I'm wondering; Is there even a point of applying for a Tourist Visa now? I'm trying to get all the documents I need in order but I'm starting to get worried that it won't make a difference. And even if I were to get a Tourist Visa, it seems that I could easily be denied anyway. If anyone could help, I would deeply appreciate it. I've got all my stuff, my luggage, my computer and motorbike and not least my girlfriend in Thailand. Am I blacklisted now? Is there anything I can do about this or am I <deleted> screwed? 

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Thanks for the advice. You gave me hope! (elviajero that is, not so much you DrJack54) That's actually what I've been working on today. My girlfriend is awesome but she isn't exactly an expert on writing formal letters so I've had to help using Google translate🤣

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Even with a tourist visa, I would say land entry is the only safe bet now. Or fly to U-tapao. Major airports are still risky

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20 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

Too late now to edit. I was skipping from one thread to another and mixed up.  So yes apologize for that. 

Good luck op.

Which was the other thread?

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44 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

Current thread about person flying in from KL to swampy and held in detention.

Well I got that one cleared up.

 

I see we have another case to investigate here.

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