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Have the IOs at Suvarnabhumi calmed down now about visitors with lots of tourist visas?

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I'll be returning to Thailand soon for a long holiday having spent 3 months back in the UK. I've been doing the same for about 3 years now so have about 8 tourist visas and 2 visa exempts in my passport. I got red stamped in Vientiane so I'll be returning on an METV. 

 

There haven't been many reports recently of people in similar circumstances getting denied entry at Suvarnabhumi. What are my chances of being let in? I know I could fly to Laos or Malaysia and cross the land border but that's a serious hassle with 2 heavy suitcases.

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I would say your odds are good, particularly if you are of 'retirement age'. 

Make sure you have the cash and ticket to show them. 

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Have a friend doing exactly the same from ireland for many years in his 50's and no problems at all.  

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17 minutes ago, Billpro785 said:

Just entered Thailand on on my 7th visa exempt this year, ( US passport ). Went to the booth, only right finger prints, and was out in less than 2 minutes. As usual got the 30 day visa exempt, and nothing was said to me. Did not ask for anything. 

Your experience is not necessarily indicative, you got the Eagle on Blue. As you probably know, thats a hall pass better than many.

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3 hours ago, mngmn said:

It really is more important for posters to report what they observe while waiting to get their passport stamped. I breezed through on my 5th visa exempt entry this year after spending 5 years in Thailand on a mix of visa exempt and Non O.

 

However, I observed two people in my immediate vicinity getting hasseled by an IO having a bad hair day.

But were they let through in the end? 

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@edwardandtubs

 

If you are denied entry, you will be sent back on the carrier you arrived on, most probably to the destination you came from. If that is the UK, total extra incurred costs could easily top £1000 and maybe reach £1500 if you decide to have another bash coming in through Laos. 

 

If you go fly UK to Laos, then fly Udon to Bangkok, extra costs are probably £250.

 

Calculate the probability and roll the dice.

 

p.s. my history sounds very similar to yours and I was denied entry coming from the UK on an METV.

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30 minutes ago, Briggsy said:

@edwardandtubs

p.s. my history sounds very similar to yours and I was denied entry coming from the UK on an METV.

 

I recall this happened to you at the peak of the 'crackdown' but there have been no similar reports for months. How long had you been back in the UK for? I think the 3 months should count in my favour.

 

An alternative would be to fly into Chiang Mai airport which would definitely be less of a hassle but it's not clear if that would be any safer than Suvarnabhumi. 

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3 minutes ago, edwardandtubs said:

How long had you been back in the UK for? I think the 3 months should count in my favour.

I had been back in the UK for 1 month. Therefore your 3 months certainly puts you in a better position than me.

 

4 minutes ago, edwardandtubs said:

An alternative would be to fly into Chiang Mai airport which would definitely be less of a hassle but it's not clear if that would be any safer than Suvarnabhumi. 

Yes, all the reports on here indicate Chiang Mai as a far better option than Suvannaphum. 

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But I think if you’re flying from the UK to Chiang Mai you’d clear immigration in Bangkok before getting on the Chiang Mai flight. I could be wrong though.

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10 minutes ago, Brad103 said:

But I think if you’re flying from the UK to Chiang Mai you’d clear immigration in Bangkok before getting on the Chiang Mai flight. I could be wrong though.

You're wrong.

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From all the posts I have read here, I think IOs are only refusing entry to people who live here on tourist visa and probably working remotely also. By now they have figured it out who are those people from their entry and visa pattern. As there is no specific laws to deny then entry, IOs use the ruse of not having money to survive.

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