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The Multiple Entry Tourist Visa Topic (METV)

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14 minutes ago, kmw said:

So basically I entered on a few days prior to the valid until date to get 8 months in total then will get a 30 day extension to make this 9 months in total,

You can do that without a problem.

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26 minutes ago, kmw said:

Hey all, just wondering is the 30 day extension on the metv multi entry? 

 

So basically I entered on a few days prior to the valid until date to get 8 months in total then will get a 30 day extension to make this 9 months in total, so wondering does the "powers" of the metv being multi entry flow into the additional days?

 

I thank you in advance 

I expect during the 30 additional days the METV will have already expired. 

So nothing flows into those additional days. 

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1 hour ago, kmw said:

Hey all, just wondering is the 30 day extension on the metv multi entry? 

 

So basically I entered on a few days prior to the valid until date to get 8 months in total then will get a 30 day extension to make this 9 months in total, so wondering does the "powers" of the metv being multi entry flow into the additional days?

 

I thank you in advance 

No.

 

If you want to travel during that last 90 days you can, but you will need to buy a Re-entry Permit if you want to keep any remaining permission to stay alive. Single trip 1,000 baht. Multiple 3,800 baht.

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Ah thanks for the clarification, i guessed that was the case, so the Multi entry is only valid up until the actual visa expires, 

 

The reason for me asking was last year after I did 9 months on the metv including a 30 day extension, I then obtained a 90 day medical extension, and that itself was multi entry, as I flew back to Sydney a few times and the IOs stamped me in based on the medical, so I thought the metv "powers" flowed into the 30 days and then into the 90 day medical, but from what you guys have said, I think the 90day medical was a totally different visa that had multi entry on it,

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27 minutes ago, kmw said:

I think the 90day medical was a totally different visa that had multi entry on it,

The 90 day extension did not have a allowance for you to get multiple entries. You also had a re-entry permit that was applied for separately with a fee of 1000 baht for a single and 3800 baht for a multiple.

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3 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

The 90 day extension did not have a allowance for you to get multiple entries. You also had a re-entry permit that was applied for separately with a fee of 1000 baht for a single and 3800 baht for a multiple.

Yes I think your correct, I paid 5000thb for the 90 day medical via Bangkok hospital, that had multi entry on it

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4 hours ago, kmw said:

Yes I think your correct, I paid 5000thb for the 90 day medical via Bangkok hospital, that had multi entry on it

I think the price would have been 5,700 baht (1,900 baht for the extension and 3,800 baht for a multiple reentry permit)..

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Just checked my bill from last year, it was total 870,000 thb total and the visa charges was 6000 but they had some anniversary discount of 16% so came to 5040 for the medical extension, 

 

I'm a regular at Bangkok hospital and they seem to have a ongoing rolling discount, currently it's 10% here in Chiang Mai 

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Hello!

 

Total noob here… been reading the forums for a while now!

 

I am visiting Thailand from Canada on a 6 month METV. I think I have a good understanding about my Visa but I am seeking some expert clarification - any advice is appreciated! ;) My apologies if this has all been done to death.

 

 

1. I understand that every 60 days I have to exit the country and re-enter, but I can leave earlier if I wish to, and the 60 day counter will just start again when I re-enter.

 

- when I re-enter Thailand during these 6 months, do I have to pay any fees?

 

 

 

2. A few days before my 6 months are up, I can re-enter and that will give me a new 60 days (essentially giving me 8 months). A few days before my final 60 days are up I can do 1 extension for an additional 30 days - now giving me 9 months.

 

Two questions here:

- the fee for this extension is 1900 baht I believe?

- Is there any chance they wouldn’t let me stay 8-9 months? Only asking because I don’t want to be out $$ if I pre-pay for an accommodation and then I’m not allowed back in.

 

 

 

3. For these border runs/extension is there a preferred method/entry point to do these at - ie. land vs. air? (I’m in Chiang Mai)

 

 

Thank you so much!

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1 hour ago, themorrow said:

when I re-enter Thailand during these 6 months, do I have to pay any fees?

No.

 

1 hour ago, themorrow said:

the fee for this extension is 1900 baht I believe?

Correct.

 

1 hour ago, themorrow said:

- Is there any chance they wouldn’t let me stay 8-9 months? Only asking because I don’t want to be out $$ if I pre-pay for an accommodation and then I’m not allowed back in.

Extensions are not guaranteed, but there is no reason — as long as you can provide the required documents etc — that it won’t be issued.

 

1 hour ago, themorrow said:

For these border runs/extension is there a preferred method/entry point to do these at - ie. land vs. air? (I’m in Chiang Mai)

You can use the land border crossings in the north. Mae Sai is a good choice.

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1 hour ago, themorrow said:

- Is there any chance they wouldn’t let me stay 8-9 months? Only asking because I don’t want to be out $$ if I pre-pay for an accommodation and then I’m not allowed back in.

As long as you are using (most) land crossings for the reentries after being in Thailand some months, there should be little risk. This must be qualified by a warning that nothing is ever certain where Thai immigration is concerned. Although unlikely, a sudden, unannounced change in immigration policy could lead to a denied entry at border crossings that have been 100% safe in the past.

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Posted (edited)

thanks very much for the help! a few follow up questions...

 

2 hours ago, elviajero said:

Extensions are not guaranteed, but there is no reason — as long as you can provide the required documents etc — that it won’t be issued.

 

what documents will I need? When I first landed in Thailand I expected to be grilled but all they asked for was my passport (with the METV in it)...

 

 

2 hours ago, BritTim said:

As long as you are using (most) land crossings for the reentries after being in Thailand some months, there should be little risk. This must be qualified by a warning that nothing is ever certain where Thai immigration is concerned. Although unlikely, a sudden, unannounced change in immigration policy could lead to a denied entry at border crossings that have been 100% safe in the past.

can I not fly back into Thailand? Am I supposed to just stay in Thailand for 6 straight months doing border runs every 60 days? Asking because I was thinking of going to Kuala Lumpur for a few days at the end of this month (at this point I've been in Thailand for 5 weeks). Ideally I'd like to stay "based" in Thailand but do short trips every month or so...

 

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On 6/7/2019 at 11:16 AM, Briggsy said:

I was denied on a brand new METV from the UK. I provided all the documentation required (proof of funds, UK employment, return flight, hotel booking). This was not even considered by Suwannaphum immigration. I was swiftly denied entry with no discussion.

What is your recent stay history? How long? Also- was this with a new passport with relatively few Thailand stamps, or one with lots of stamps from previous visa runs? I could be wrong, but my guess is they scrutinize more if they see a passport full of entry stamps and/or extensions and/or visas. To that end a METV helps as it minimizes stamps and visas.

 

So far I haven't had problems entering on METV (on my 2nd one now), but my passport is relatively "clean".

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What is your recent stay history? How long? Also- was this with a new passport with relatively few Thailand stamps, or one with lots of stamps from previous visa runs? I could be wrong, but my guess is they scrutinize more if they see a passport full of entry stamps and/or extensions and/or visas. To that end a METV helps as it minimizes stamps and visas.
 
So far I haven't had problems entering on METV (on my 2nd one now), but my passport is relatively "clean".
The important point which rarely gets mentioned is its 6 months from when you apply for the visa, not when you first enter thailand, so don't get it early
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1 hour ago, themorrow said:

can I not fly back into Thailand? Am I supposed to just stay in Thailand for 6 straight months doing border runs every 60 days? Asking because I was thinking of going to Kuala Lumpur for a few days at the end of this month (at this point I've been in Thailand for 5 weeks). Ideally I'd like to stay "based" in Thailand but do short trips every month or so...

If this is your first METV and you've never stayed in Thailand before then you will have zero problems. Don't let this forum scare you, the people who have problems on re-entry are usually pushing the system for years and eventually run into an immigration officer on a bad day. Just avoid common mistakes and very unlikely you will be denied entry at airports OTHER THAN DMK - avoid DMK.

 

By common mistakes I mean things like same-day or 1-day visa run by air - ideally you should leave the country for at least a few days between entries as that helps show that you are a genuine tourist and not working in Thailand. And of course - DON'T work in Thailand, lol.

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