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I have heard conflicting reports on crossing the Maesai border without getting a re entry stamp in your passport if you have a 1 yr single entry visa. I just want to cross over for a couple of hours to shop in Tachelek, but don't want to pay the 1,000THB+ for a re entry permit.

Has any of you CRiers done it lately?? and what is the procedure??

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Once again, conflicting reports.

I'd say no, it can't be done without paying for the reentry permit.

Having said that I know people who claim to have done it using a photo copy of their passport rather than the original but I personally doubt the reliability of their information.

Similar shopping is available on the Mae Sai side of the border and if you're interested in the p*rate DVD m*vies they're sold openly in Chiang Mai at a slightly higher price.

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Yeah, conflicting reports as I posted the same question on the visa and immigration forum. I'll just give it a try and post my report....sometimes in a week or so.

Not really looking for pirate cds and FYI they are [used to be] 40THB in Tachilek and they are 90-100THB in CM.

What I would like to get is a little cheap wine and see how it's changed since the last time I went[5+ yrs]. Not worth 1,000thb for sure.

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The wine shopping there is the best I've seen it in the past 5 years. The duty free shop opposite immigration in particular has a good selection reasonably priced.

You could always take your Thai wife, assuming you have one of course, who could cross on a border pass and telephone the selection to you.

(You would need to teach her how to say things like Chateau d'Yquem first though).

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I have heard conflicting reports on crossing the Maesai border without getting a re entry stamp in your passport if you have a 1 yr single entry visa. I just want to cross over for a couple of hours to shop in Tachelek, but don't want to pay the 1,000THB+ for a re entry permit.

Has any of you CRiers done it lately?? and what is the procedure??

You'd better stop at the Immigration Office, just 1 km before the boarder. And ask them, than you are sure what you can do or not....

Good luck.

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Done it on a photocopy many times, but I have a 1 year non-O multiple entry visa, issued in Oz. So I've already paid for it. A very realistic "policy", does not waste pages in your passport each time.

You could just rock up at the border, with 2 photocopies, hand the passport over & just ask them if you can go on a photocopy for 1 hr. They either quietly say yes 100 baht or laugh & say no, go away. No ventured nothing gained.

OR

Pay to upgrade your visa to multiple entry & you can do it, whenever. Once you've paid for the multiple re-entry you will more than likely use the entries & do some litttle shopping trips from Mae Sai / Chiang Khong / Mae Sot, wherever is convenient at the time. No need to lock yourself in the country. Get out & enjoy.

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And both the Thais and the Burmese accepted this David? I'm running on a Non-Im B multi-entry at the moment.

I like the idea of saving passport pages. I'm on my fourth passport since 1998.

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I have also entered Burma a number of times with just my 1 year retirement visa. They ask me if I want it stamped, and I always say 'no'. The best idea I think is to get a re-entry permit. It is a lot safer than getting a new visa..

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I had a PM from a former regular poster here who told me that you "just ask for a VIP pass" and pay 100B.

Once again, this is only hearsay, I have had no personal experience in this.

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And both the Thais and the Burmese accepted this David? I'm running on a Non-Im B multi-entry at the moment.

I like the idea of saving passport pages. I'm on my fourth passport since 1998.

Yep, no trouble. Like I said, done it many times.

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You do not even need a day pass. I have done it literally hundreds of times. First you make two copies of your passport, You leave your original passport at the border in the Thai passport office. (They check if your passport and stampo are still valid) You pay the regular amount to the Burmese bean counters, you get a piece of paper with a number, just like you should have left your real passport. You do you thing in tachilek, come back, pick up the copy of your passport and than you return to Thailand with the copy that bears a Burmese stamp. Than you walk around the building and pick up youir original passport. So no need to ask a re entry permit.

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Thanks for that, I'm still 10 weeks away from my next trip so will look into it further when I get there.

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You do not even need a day pass. I have done it literally hundreds of times. First you make two copies of your passport, You leave your original passport at the border in the Thai passport office. (They check if your passport and stampo are still valid) You pay the regular amount to the Burmese bean counters, you get a piece of paper with a number, just like you should have left your real passport. You do you thing in tachilek, come back, pick up the copy of your passport and than you return to Thailand with the copy that bears a Burmese stamp. Than you walk around the building and pick up youir original passport. So no need to ask a re entry permit.

Yes i can confirm this, i did the same thing a couple of days ago and it was the 2nd time i have done this.it is particularly convenient as it does not use up pages in your PP with stamps, and like a previous poster mentioned the duty free shop has a good selection of wines from 199B

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You do not even need a day pass. I have done it literally hundreds of times. First you make two copies of your passport, You leave your original passport at the border in the Thai passport office. (They check if your passport and stampo are still valid) You pay the regular amount to the Burmese bean counters, you get a piece of paper with a number, just like you should have left your real passport. You do you thing in tachilek, come back, pick up the copy of your passport and than you return to Thailand with the copy that bears a Burmese stamp. Than you walk around the building and pick up youir original passport. So no need to ask a re entry permit.
is that, you leave the copy of your original passport at thai passport office,not your real passport, if not why 2copies of passport.

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If we are talking about Tachie Lek up in the Mai sai area then you do not need to take or get your passport stamped, fill in a TM card or any thing else.

You go to the Thai immigration desk tell them you not want to take your passport, have i think it is Two copies of your passport front page at the ready and the Thai immigration will give you a ONE DAY PASS you take the one day pass across the border to the Burmese Immigration office show them , have your picture taken hand over 500 BHT and they give you a card that you represent when coming back they (Burmese) then give you your Thai pass back (Piece of paper back/one day pass) , you take this back to the Thai immigration and hand it back and collect your passport no stamps no TM card to fill in.

I believe it is the equivalent to a one day pass.

I might have missed some thing out but i am sure some one will correct me :)

I believe before you had the option of paying $5 US or 500 Bht but now it is just 500 Bht as they have cottoned on that 500Bht is worth ore than the $10 US (330 Bht Approx)

Note i have copied and pasted this from my previous post from a previous thread on the subject titled .....Border Shopping In Masae Or Burma, temporary border crossing visa

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/Border-Shopp...47#entry3085247

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