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Do I need to fly from the US to stay 30 days in Thailand?

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Hello! I am a US citizen and read that I can enter Thailand without a visa for tourism and stay up to 30 days. However I am flying from Romania to Thailand (nationals from Romania need a visa and can stay up to 15 days) and my return plane ticket is back to Romania as well. Not sure if this is relevant - I also have a Romanian passport because I was born in Romania but do not use as I am a US citizenship and use my US passport. 

 

My question is, do i need to fly to Thailand from the USA to stay 30 days or it does not matter as long as I have a US passport?

 

Also a side question.. can i apply for a 30 days extension (in order to stay 60 days total) at an immigration office in Thailand? I cannot do it ahead of time in the US because I am in Romania now. Looking forward to your advice! 

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Enter with your USA pp and you will obtain 30 day visa exempt entry. You can extend that at imm office by 30 days. 1900 baby.

Heck you could take trip to border and re-enter with another visa exempt. All on your USA pp

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@DrJack54 thanks for the info! Great that I could also do a border trip! That would have to be after the first 30 days expire I assume? Or anytime within the 30 days?  

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12 minutes ago, danield said:

@DrJack54 thanks for the info! Great that I could also do a border trip! That would have to be after the first 30 days expire I assume? Or anytime within the 30 days? 

Whatever you do exit Thailand before your "UNTIL DATE" on your entry stamp. 

If your staying bkk there are borders not far and minibus companies do runs and return you same day. 

Another option is take flight to udon thaini (just one eg) take one hour minibus straight flat rd to Nong Khai. Spend night or few in udon. (Nice friendly bars).

That's another 30 days permission of stay.

Can also be extended 

 

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@DrJack54 great advice thank you! This is my first time visiting Thailand. I am meeting some friends for a week but i decided to stay solo longer afterwards. Looking forward to exploring the country. 

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4 minutes ago, danield said:

@DrJack54 great advice thank you! This is my first time visiting Thailand. I am meeting some friends for a week but i decided to stay solo longer afterwards. Looking forward to exploring the country. 

Welcome. It's a great country. You have many options to extend stay. First up you can obtain visa exempt entries 2 times per calendar year. Each entry can be extended by 30 days. Also consider Saigon. With USA pp you will need visa. Easily done online. With your zero history you can obtain ve entry at airport. Best do flight entry before border entry. 

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4 hours ago, danield said:

@DrJack54 thanks for the info! Great that I could also do a border trip! That would have to be after the first 30 days expire I assume? Or anytime within the 30 days?  

The border trip will get you a new "visa exempt" stamp that starts running on the day you do the border trip.  So you don't want to do that early or else you would use up your first visa exempt time sooner than you want. 

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9 hours ago, danield said:

@DrJack54 thanks for the info! Great that I could also do a border trip! That would have to be after the first 30 days expire I assume? Or anytime within the 30 days?  

Anytime you choose during the 30 days, on a USA passport you can come and go. There is also the possibility to extend your stay by 30 days for each entry by applying at a domestic immigration office. At the airport they will stamp you in with a  'Admitted Until' date. Do not overstay that. 

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16 hours ago, danield said:

@DrJack54 thanks for the info! Great that I could also do a border trip! That would have to be after the first 30 days expire I assume? Or anytime within the 30 days?  

You can stay 30 days and a week or so before that ends go to an immigration office to get an additional 30 days. The extension is added on to the original 30 days so you'll get  the full 60 days (which includes the day you first arrived).

 

 So 60 days on your original entry. A border hop by the end of the 60 days and you should be able to repeat the 30 plus 30 again.   You might be asked for flight out info and to see if you have cash equivalent to Baht 20,000 (or 10,000?) .

 

Two back to back visa exempts should not be a problem.

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17 hours ago, DrJack54 said:

Another option is take flight to udon thaini (just one eg) take one hour minibus straight flat rd to Nong Khai. Spend night or few in udon. (Nice friendly bars).

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Fly to Udon Thani and drive to the border at Nong Khai.

Over to Vientiane (Laos). Immediate return possible.

Costs you a visa on arrival for Laos.

 

Udon Thani and Nong Khai are both in Thailand.

 

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You can also go to the Thai embassy in Romania with your US Passport and apply for a visitor's visa. That's 60 days without a border trip.

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11 hours ago, Suradit69 said:

You can stay 30 days and a week or so before that ends go to an immigration office to get an additional 30 days. The extension is added on to the original 30 days so you'll get  the full 60 days (which includes the day you first arrived).

 

 So 60 days on your original entry. A border hop by the end of the 60 days and you should be able to repeat the 30 plus 30 again.   You might be asked for flight out info and to see if you have cash equivalent to Baht 20,000 (or 10,000?) .

 

Two back to back visa exempts should not be a problem.

@Suradit69 thank you for the help! So I can pay for an extension any time and it will be added to the 30 days from day 30th? Or will I get the additional 30 days from the day I apply for an extension? For example if i apply on day 18 will it be 18 + 30 days or 18 + 42 days (counting the remaining 12 days)

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7 hours ago, AgMech Cowboy said:

You can also go to the Thai embassy in Romania with your US Passport and apply for a visitor's visa. That's 60 days without a border trip.

@AgMech Cowboy i tried that but they told me that i need some proof of residency in romania.. like work or if i own something. Which i dont in Romania. I just have a romanian passport but i travel with my US one

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