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Hello, in the last 13 months I spent approx 6 in Thailand. I am 45, US citizen. I know about the squeeze that has been put on those entering frequently: it's happened to 2 of my acquaintances this year and of course I sometimes lurk on these forums.

 

I stayed 6 months with the following 30 day on arrival - 30 day extend - 30 day extend after visa run - 3 month educational visa 

 

I exited Thailand almost 6 months ago. 

 

I would like to go back for 2.5 months, with a visit to Bali in between. Arrival and departure at BKK because the prices are by far cheaper.

 

I realize it would be simpler for just 2 months (VOA+30 day extend) but who wants to go back to the cold if they don't have to? 

 

Assuming I don't have issues on initial arrival, what's best for me: 

 

Thailand 30 then Bali 30 then last 2 weeks in Thailand?

 

or

 

Thailand 30 + 30 day extend then Bali then go back to Thailand 2 days before departure?

 

Or is it too close to call? 

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Your risk of denied entry is low, but real. On balance, a return to Bangkok with a confirmed flight out within two days might be the lesser risk. A rational immigration official is not going to see a planned two day stay as evidence of illegal working!

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As a US Citizen myself, have entered Thailand this year 8 times on visa exempts, and nothing was ever said to me. I always use the arrival service and use fast track lanes. Like some have said on here, a US passport is like a hall pass.   

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3 minutes ago, Billpro785 said:

Like some have said on here, a US passport is like a hall pass.  

Almost as good as one from a bit further north. 

 

You know the sticker/patch that Americans put on their backpacks when travelling abroad!

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Billpro, 

 

Do you fly business/First class or economy?

 

If economy, what company did you use?

 

Anyway, I'm not that worried about initial arrival, it's more the reentry from Bali or wherever I end up going.

But maybe I should be, I don't know.

 

 

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19 hours ago, Billpro785 said:

As a US Citizen myself, have entered Thailand this year 8 times on visa exempts, and nothing was ever said to me. I always use the arrival service and use fast track lanes. Like some have said on here, a US passport is like a hall pass.   

Hall Pass???? elaborate on that please as I'll arrive next week from the states as well....what maked a US passport a hall pass as you say????

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19 hours ago, VocalNeal said:

Almost as good as one from a bit further north. 

 

You know the sticker/patch that Americans put on their backpacks when travelling abroad!

Sticker-Patch????

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21 minutes ago, acenase said:

 

Not sure about that. The system automatically alerts the IO to question you after 6 Visa Exempts.

 

I almost feel like you're lying that you entered Thailand 8 times this year without anything said to you.  That's a huge red flag for officers to question you. And it's people like you who they are screening for who are coming to Thailand often with a free Visa that many times in 1 year.

So you are saying Us folks allowed 6 exempts per calendar year???

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8 minutes ago, ChakaKhan said:

Hall Pass???? elaborate on that please as I'll arrive next week from the states as well....what maked a US passport a hall pass as you say????

Nothing

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14 minutes ago, JoeSuperCool said:

"Foreigners who enter Thailand under this Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme may only do so for 30 days at one time with a maximum of 3 times in a 6-month period by flight and 2 times a year for overland crossing."

 

From the Thai Embassy London's website.

 

http://www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/services/7742/84451-Tourist-Visa.html

This information is wrong

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10 minutes ago, JoeSuperCool said:

"Foreigners who enter Thailand under this Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme may only do so for 30 days at one time with a maximum of 3 times in a 6-month period by flight and 2 times a year for overland crossing."

From the Thai Embassy London's website.

http://www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/services/7742/84451-Tourist-Visa.html

The 3 months in 6 months has been out of date since 2008.

As has been said many times the 90 days in 6 months rule was rescinded in 2008.

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