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November 2015 latest update on 15 and 30 day visa and visa exemption extensions/mae sai border run

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Better to get to Vientiane and get a Single Entry Tourist Visa... a lot less hassle.

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Mae Sae has been hit and miss for dong a out/in for a new visa exempt entry for sometime now. But it has been nothing but misses lately.

It has been almost a guaranteed turn away for some time now if you have not already gotten the 30 day extension.

Chiang Khong is not a problem.

There is no 2 day allowance for the overstay. If your stay ends on a weekend or holiday you will not be fined if you go in the first day they are open afterwords.

The enforcement of section 38 reporting is relatively new for visa exempt or tourist visa entry extensions.

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mae sai is dead now , no visa no Out only i was there in 27 october , and i go to chiang khong and there they let me go out and in 30 days

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Mae Sae has been hit and miss for dong a out/in for a new visa exempt entry for sometime now. But it has been nothing but misses lately.

It has been almost a guaranteed turn away for some time now if you have not already gotten the 30 day extension.

Chiang Khong is not a problem.

There is no 2 day allowance for the overstay. If your stay ends on a weekend or holiday you will not be fined if you go in the first day they are open afterwords.

The enforcement of section 38 reporting is relatively new for visa exempt or tourist visa entry extensions.

I am on a triple entry visa but forgot leap year & going to Maesai 3 days early due to a friend arriving Dec 26th on my first run. So I thought that I could cover the end of my trip b y going to Maesai around the middle of April to clear up around 6 days over. Can I get another entry 15/30 day following a used triple entry Visa or not now?

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Thank you for your replies. Just an update - a Thai friend filled in a form vouching for me living with him and I just quickly got a 30 day extension in the Chiang rai office for 1900baht. No dramas no questions or fines, very relaxed and friendly, much better experience than Mae sai.

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Mae Sae has been hit and miss for dong a out/in for a new visa exempt entry for sometime now. But it has been nothing but misses lately.

It has been almost a guaranteed turn away for some time now if you have not already gotten the 30 day extension.

Chiang Khong is not a problem.

There is no 2 day allowance for the overstay. If your stay ends on a weekend or holiday you will not be fined if you go in the first day they are open afterwords.

The enforcement of section 38 reporting is relatively new for visa exempt or tourist visa entry extensions.

I am on a triple entry visa but forgot leap year & going to Maesai 3 days early due to a friend arriving Dec 26th on my first run. So I thought that I could cover the end of my trip b y going to Maesai around the middle of April to clear up around 6 days over. Can I get another entry 15/30 day following a used triple entry Visa or not now?

At the moment you would not be able get a visa exempt entry at Mae Sai. You would need to go to Chiang Kong.

If you are only going to need 6 days you could apply for a 7 day extension, pay 1900 baht and be given 7 days to leave the country.

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Better to get to Vientiane and get a Single Entry Tourist Visa... a lot less hassle.

What are the new requirements for this? Will 2 passport photos, 1000 Baht and a passport with >6 months validity still be sufficient?

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There is no news here other than the landlord thing can someone confirm if an extention in chiangmai also requires the landlord to fill out a form? Also, I thought we could count on a few Lao border runs even after the 30 day extention, is this not true? Chiang Kong in particular?

The last I heard is Lao had no limits and Cambodia had limits to three consecutive border runs?

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Better to get to Vientiane and get a Single Entry Tourist Visa... a lot less hassle.

What are the new requirements for this? Will 2 passport photos, 1000 Baht and a passport with >6 months validity still be sufficient?

There are no new requirements for a single entry tourist visa. Just what you mentioned is needed.

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There is no news here other than the landlord thing can someone confirm if an extention in chiangmai also requires the landlord to fill out a form? Also, I thought we could count on a few Lao border runs even after the 30 day extention, is this not true? Chiang Kong in particular?

The last I heard is Lao had no limits and Cambodia had limits to three consecutive border runs?

I just wanted to make others in my situation aware of exactly what a recent experience with this involved. Just found every single forum I read and every single person I spoke to had conflicting or out of date information.

For example, someone replied on here that they successfully did a Chiang khong border hop. I was about to do one when a friend told me she tried that last month and was refused and had to get a visa in Vientiane. I wasn't keen to just see how immigration were feeling the day I arrived at the border!

If I were you, knowing what you now do from my experience, I would prepare to provide landlord details before you go to the office.

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Better to get to Vientiane and get a Single Entry Tourist Visa... a lot less hassle.

What are the new requirements for this? Will 2 passport photos, 1000 Baht and a passport with >6 months validity still be sufficient?

There are no new requirements for a single entry tourist visa. Just what you mentioned is needed.

I had heard that they now (post Nov 13th) required proof of future travel plans in thailand (destinations, hotel confirmations etc) and proof of funds. Am i definetely mistaken?

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So even if you have a onward flight ticket they are refusing to allow you to collect 30days ?

What about G7 countries thought we allowed up to three.

what if you already extended and you just need to go to make up a week or 2 before returning home ?

And TAT quotes this today.

The TAT’s tourism promotion plan for 2016 focuses on quality tourist sites with unique Thai characteristics with the objectives to persuade tourists to stay in Thailand longer. There will also be new activities to promote tourism targeting sport lovers and working women.

lets all go loopy Loo......................

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There are no new requirements for a single entry tourist visa. Just what you mentioned is needed.

I had heard that they now (post Nov 13th) required proof of future travel plans in thailand (destinations, hotel confirmations etc) and proof of funds. Am i definetely mistaken?

I have seen nothing about changes to get a single entry tourist visa in Vientiane.

The announcement for the METV does not mention any changes for them. http://vientiane.thaiembassy.org/en/news/announce/detail.php?ID=313

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