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After visiting family for 2 months in Canada last summer I came back to Thailand with a valid METV in September 2019 and was denied entry. They sent me back home that night.

Not being able stand Canadian winters, I booked a flight to Cambodia as soon as I could and have been staying here ever since.

My METV is still valid and I plan to fly from Siem Reap to BKK before it expires.

So my question is: If I get denied entry again will they send me back to Cambodia or will they make me fly all the way back to Canada?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Nope. How can they jail you for paying a fee? I think you need to learn more about Thailand and how things work here, sounds like you've got a lot to learn. Pay someone $100 or be flown home at your (

I suggest you do not fly into Bangkok. Use a land border crossing. About any of them would be good but avoid the Poi Pet crossing. If denied entry by air you should be allowed to return to Cambod

They actually gave me the chance to give them a 'donation' of $100, which in retrospect I should have given. But I was so frazzled at that point I assumed they would throw me in jail the moment I pull

10 minutes ago, Mr Smithy said:

Does the reason for being denied entry still exist? 

Apparently I was denied under section 12.2. That is for not having the appropriate means of living in the country.

 

Although that was never the case. I had sufficient funds in cash on me and everything else required to enter the country. I assume they want me to upgrade to the Elite Visa if I want to spend so much time in Thailand. 

 

I just hope having been outside the country since July they would let me back in for the remained of my METV.

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2 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

I doubt it does. I suspect it was one of the dubious denial of entries at the airports in Bangkok that have been reported several times on this forum.

dubious denial of entries, Phuket fits into that category cost my friend 4000 Baht 

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52 minutes ago, jsmith22 said:

I had sufficient funds in cash on me and everything else required to enter the country. I assume they want me to upgrade to the Elite Visa if I want to spend so much time in Thailand. 

Or they are looking for a donation. Next time bring $2000 or more. If they give you 12.2 again lodge an appeal on the spot and never sign anything.

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6 minutes ago, SteveK said:

Nope. How can they jail you for paying a fee? I think you need to learn more about Thailand and how things work here, sounds like you've got a lot to learn. Pay someone $100 or be flown home at your (massive) expense? This smells like another thread that was posted not too long ago. How can you be too frazzled to pay $100 but cognisant enough to pay thousands of dollars to go home? 

 

You even used the same terminology as the previous post to which I refer. Is something suspicious going on here?

That thread was probably mine. 

 

I just mean I didn't know how bribes worked. I've never been offered to pay a bribe before and my sleep deprived mind went to the worst case scenario. Knowing what I know now, I would have done it for sure.

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1 hour ago, SteveK said:

If someone official asks for a fee, then that's up to them. You won't get into trouble for paying it. If you offer someone cash to change their mind, that's a bribe and is risky.

 

If you get stuck in Thailand you can always ask the official "how much is the fee?". If they respond with an amount and you pay it, you can just tell the truth and said that you paid the fee. Is that a bribe? Probably. Did you do anything wrong? Almost certainly not.

 

If an official person in a foreign country accepts a fee or fine, who are you to argue? For all the first-time visitor knows it's all above board, and a good way to avoid getting into serious trouble.

Thanks Steve, I really appreciate that. Live and learn I guess.

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3 hours ago, jsmith22 said:

I just hope having been outside the country since July they would let me back in for the remained of my METV.

You might wish to consider lodging a completed TM11 to appeal against their decision if they don't. Blank form downloadable via the following link (#2):-

 

https://move2thailand.com/thailand-immigration-forms-download/

 

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4 hours ago, jsmith22 said:

They actually gave me the chance to give them a 'donation' of $100, which in retrospect I should have given. But I was so frazzled at that point I assumed they would throw me in jail the moment I pulled out the cash.

What stops them from taking your money, then denying you anyway, while, at the same time, denying that they ever asked you and received your money?

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5 hours ago, SteveK said:
5 hours ago, jsmith22 said:

They actually gave me the chance to give them a 'donation' of $100, which in retrospect I should have given. But I was so frazzled at that point I assumed they would throw me in jail the moment I pulled out the cash.

Nope. How can they jail you for paying a fee? I think you need to learn more about Thailand and how things work here, sounds like you've got a lot to learn. Pay someone $100 or be flown home at your (massive) expense? This smells like another thread that was posted not too long ago. How can you be too frazzled to pay $100 but cognisant enough to pay thousands of dollars to go home?

 

A few years back there was some official Thai noise about prosecuting and jailing people for offering bribes.  I've not read about anyone being prosecuted for bribing an IO in Thailand, but the idea of pulling out a little bribe money at immigration is pretty scary.  Especially for someone from a country where they would toss you in the hoosegow for attempting to bribe an IO.  Like the countries most of us hail from.

 

To the OP (and anyone else not familiar with how things work in LOS), live and learn.

 

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