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My recent experience at Poipet Aranyaprathet border getting a 30 day visa exempt entry: The Thai immigration officer asked me if I had a hotel booking. I did, but did not have a printout of it. I d

Thailand needs to learn a lesson about how to treat people who are putting money into their economy.   I believe there is a concerted effort by Thai immigration to create an atmosphere of un

I crossed there once several years ago, horrible experience and I'd never consider entering at Poipet again. Anyway, all you can do is spread the word around to avoid Thailand. Unless you belong to th

15 hours ago, overherebc said:

Yes, and I've worked with a few. The decisions they make on solving most problems are based on what their boss tells them. Doesn't matter if it's right or wrong, boss says so, so that's the way it is.

Should fit in very well in Thailand. 😁

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19 hours ago, IvorLott said:

I imagine some 'round up', followed by a mass expulsion of foreigners would cause irreparable long-term damage to Thailand's already frail tourist industry, let alone her equally frail international reputation (especially in Human Rights).

Bangkok is the most visited city in the world. Look it up. I wouldn’t categorize Thailand as having a frail tourist economy. 

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On 1/8/2020 at 5:41 AM, Elmer Fudd said:

This is starting to become comical. Can I ask what is your nationality sir?

You can't guess already?  😉

 

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19 hours ago, Traubert said:

By definition Thailand is not and has never been a third world country.

 

The same old false statement. It's a developing country.

Which they love to tout as though it's something special, but they've been doing that since the Yanks left after Vietnam.

I do have to wonder when it will actually ever become developed.

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Every year millions enter Thailand and sail past immigration with no hassles. However they do not post about these experiences, so sadly we end up with only those negative experiences being posted about which creates a false narrative that immigration is has it in for foreigners. If that were the case one would expect tens of or hundreds of thousands of negative posts, rather than a few thousand a year. 

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It looks like some travellers are still super sensitive with this stuff.

Everyone knows IOS anywhere are never a smiley bunch.

 

The guy got asked questions, then let in with " welcome to Thailand"..

more than i ever got.

 

And If you ever used Visa Exempt, you should also know by now, it puts a target on your head.

 

If you cant handle questions and a guy who really is just doin his job..

get a dxxn visa

not that hard!!

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On 1/8/2020 at 5:21 PM, jackdd said:

All three of your points are wrong

No flight ticket required

No hotel booking required

Only 10,000 THB cash required

Care to elaborate a bit ? Your statement is very misleading so a bit more details are required.

 

Been told those specifics requirements by an IO at bkk airport and got rejected myself at poipet once because of the lacks of those documents (I had the cash in hand), also it is the requirements for a visa so ... "inaccurate" maybe, "wrong" i dont think so.

 

You are abaolutely wrong and really not helping anyone in implying you only need 10'000 thb to cross a land border.

 

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5 hours ago, freeman01 said:

You are abaolutely wrong and really not helping anyone in implying you only need 10'000 thb to cross a land border.

I believe 10,000 is correct for a sole tourist arriving without a Visa, ie 30 day exempt. 

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8 hours ago, freeman01 said:

Care to elaborate a bit ? Your statement is very misleading so a bit more details are required.

 

Been told those specifics requirements by an IO at bkk airport and got rejected myself at poipet once because of the lacks of those documents (I had the cash in hand), also it is the requirements for a visa so ... "inaccurate" maybe, "wrong" i dont think so.

 

You are abaolutely wrong and really not helping anyone in implying you only need 10'000 thb to cross a land border.

 

There is no written requirement to have a hotel booking to enter Thailand (if an IO is looking to deny you entry he might of course try to make something up, similar to an imaginary 180 days limit etc.)

If entering at a land border there is no requirement to have a flight ticket out. In case you arrive at an airport (or by ship) and want to get a visa exempt, there is a requirement to have a booked ticket out of Thailand within 30 days.

When entering Thailand visa exempt the required cash is 10k THB, if arriving with a visa it's 20k THB.

 

In your previous post you were talking about visa exempt at a land border, thus no hotel booking, no flight ticket and only 10k THB cash required.

These are the requirements when actually entering Thailand, the requirements to obtain a visa might be different from this, because those can be defined by the embassy in each country.

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8 hours ago, freeman01 said:

Been told those specifics requirements by an IO at bkk airport and got rejected myself at poipet once because of the lacks of those documents (I had the cash in hand), also it is the requirements for a visa so ... "inaccurate" maybe, "wrong" i dont think so.

You are abaolutely wrong and really not helping anyone in implying you only need 10'000 thb to cross a land border.

Comparing the crossing at Poi Pet to other crossings is like comparing apples to oranges.

I would say 99% of them would never ask to see tickets or hotel reservations and about the same for showing the money.

The official amount of cash needed is 10K baht for a 30 day visa exempt entry.

 

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On 1/8/2020 at 9:08 PM, Sheryl said:

 

At this specific border crossing it is certainly more than 1%. I go through it all the time (it is near my house), always see people being hassled, shaken down for bribes, denied entry. Khmer and foreigners both.

Ditto...

That was very convenient for me because I am living in Nadee, Prachinburi, and I am often visiting friends who are living in Phnom Penh.

But the last time that I went through they did not even want to let me out pretending that I did an illegal entry and my extension was bogus.

To make a long story short, I had to call myself Prachinburi immigration and the IO lady in charge totally lost her face.

 

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