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Hi guys,

 

Normally I get a Non O single entry from Savannakhet and then extend by 2 months in Ubon. The problem I have this time is my stamp finishes tomorrow. Which means if i want another single entry I will need to spend a few nights there instead of the usual 1. I must admit i hate the place. Im thinking this time i might just cross the border, come straight back (like within a few hours after some shopping and a couple of Lao beers), get an exempt stamp for 30 days and then extend that by 2 months later. I dont have any previous exempt stamps in my passport for the last 365 days, its all been Non O singles and extensions. Although Im sure this is technically allowed does anyone think it will be a bit cheeky and annoy immigration staff ? Or am I just being paranoid ? To be honest I would rather spend an hour there and only get 30 days + 2 months than have to stay Sat - Tue. Ill get a non O again next time.

 

Thanks in advance

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No problem to do a border hop to get a 30 day visa exempt entry.

You can do 2 of them this year at land border crossings.

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OP wrote > Im thinking this time i might just cross the border, come straight back (like within a few hours after some shopping and a couple of Lao beers), get an exempt stamp for 30 days and then extend that by 2 months later.

Having re-entered Thailand Visa Exempt, you can extend your permission to stay with an additional 30 days at a local IO (cost = 1.900 THB).  You can only do this once per entry (so 2 months extension is not possible).

Also please note that only 2 Visa Exempt land-border entries are allowed per calendar year.  

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2 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

He will be applying for a 60 day extension to visit his Thai wife or child. It can be applied for any type of entry.

Thanks, was not aware of that possibility!

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3 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

No problem to do a border hop to get a 30 day visa exempt entry.

You can do 2 of them this year at land border crossings.

Thanks again.

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As others have written, there is no immediate problem in what you propose. That said, I always advice people not to burn those land based visa exempt entries except in an emergency. They are your insurance policy if unable to enter in another fashion. I especially feel this in your case, first because it is so early in the year, second because your plan of using serial single entry Non O visas may be refused by the consulate or immigration without notice.

 

Why not exit Thailand to some other town in Laos if you dislike Savannakhet, and travel up to Savannakhet early Monday? For instance, you could exit Thailand at Chong Mek and spend a night or two in Pakse.

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3 hours ago, PhoSai said:

Thanks again.

You could do the border hop at the Chong Mek crossing here in Ubon. Shorter trip than going to Mukdahan.

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5 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

You could do the border hop at the Chong Mek crossing here in Ubon. Shorter trip than going to Mukdahan.

Beat me to it!Not only is it closer but the Lao visa is only 1300 Baht not the 1500 baht they charge at Mukdaharn and the Immigration staff are friendlier,especially the boss who spent several years in Warnambool Australia and speaks good Hindi,oh and good english!

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20 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

He will be applying for a 60 day extension to visit his Thai wife or child. It can be applied for any type of entry.

Next year, I plan to get a Non-O single entry from Savannakhet, my question is, if I am already living with my wife (I come to Thailand 5-6 months a year) why should I apply for a 60-day extension to visit my wife?  I am a little confused, could you please clarify for me.  Thanks a bunch, in advance.

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33 minutes ago, Gerard052 said:

Next year, I plan to get a Non-O single entry from Savannakhet, my question is, if I am already living with my wife (I come to Thailand 5-6 months a year) why should I apply for a 60-day extension to visit my wife?  I am a little confused, could you please clarify for me.  Thanks a bunch, in advance.

The word visit is the reason written in the police order. It really means nothing beyond that.

It does not matter if you are living with your wife a to whether you can apply for the extension or not,

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8 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

The word visit is the reason written in the police order. It really means nothing beyond that.

It does not matter if you are living with your wife a to whether you can apply for the extension or not,

Thank you very much for your help, greatly appreciated.

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Thanks for the further advice guys and yes maybe was a bit silly to burn up a land exempt. But it was a Saturday and just thought I dont want to be in this place until Tuesday. Bad planning on my behalf.

 

The roads are getting better up to Mukdahan now. I left at 11.00 and was back at home with beer in hand by 16.00, not too bad. Next time ill go for the Single O again and plan it better. 

 

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Passed Savannakhet consulate at 1000 am Tuesday only 2 people inside. This is supposed to be a busy day with visa run companies. 

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5 minutes ago, Toosetinmyways said:

Passed Savannakhet consulate at 1000 am Tuesday only 2 people inside. This is supposed to be a busy day with visa run companies. 

Wrong day. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the days the visa run companies are not there. Fridays as well if you don't mind waiting until  Monday to pick up your passport.

The companies are there on Mondays and Thursdays.

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