HELP! visa problems
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Apr 24, 2013 3:41 AM Last Post By: bigal1
Apr 23, 2013 4:57 AM
HELP! visa problemsHi I have recently applied and been sent my 60 day single entry tourist visa for Thailand for this summer however my travel plans have slightly changed and I will now be visiting Cambodia and Vietnam within my first two weeks arriving in Asia.
I have spoken to the thai embassay here in the UK and they have explained my visa will run out the minute I step into another country which I didn't realise as I am returned to Thailand for my last 5 weeks travelling and am flying back from Bangkok.
I am wondering if at the airport, I can just ask to apply for the free 30 day tourist visa when I arrive in Thailand as I will only be there a week before I head to Cambodia and wondered if I could use my 60 day visa when I re enter Thailand from Vietnam for my final 5 weeks before I head home?
I have tried explaining this to the embassay and they have said I cant apply for a different visa now including the double entry one so I will just have to apply for another Thailand 60 day visa when I arrive in Cambodia or Vietnam?
I have no idea what to do...HELP?!!?!
Apr 23, 2013 5:12 AM
Or simply push Cambodia/Vietnam toward the end of your trip so you make use of the 60-day visa entry first and only need a visa-exempt entry at the end (15 days by land, 30 by air).
Apr 23, 2013 5:28 AM
2Do as suggested above, and if they ignore your prepaid 60 day TV and give you a 30-day stamp then you're just fine.
If they won't play ball and activate your 60 day TV, then take your two weeks in Thailand, or whatever, and BEFORE you leave Thailand go to Immigration HQ at Chaeng Wattana and request a re-entry visa. Or there's a desk at the airport that does it. That will give you the balance of days when you return, if it's still within validity when you get back.
If that fails, then you buy another 60-day TV from one of the neighbor countries, or fly back in and get another 30 day stamp (which as you may know is only 15 days if you come back in overland rather than fly)
Don't panic, you're not the first and won't be the last. One way or other it will work out - this is Asia, you know!!!!!!!!!
Apr 23, 2013 10:36 AM
Apr 23, 2013 10:38 AM
4Before landing in Thailand you will be given a card for arrival and departure. If you fill that in and include the number of your tourist visa then the immigration officer will find that page. If you leave it blank the chances are he will give you the 30 day waver stamp, This happened to me one time recently when I didn't include the visa number even though I had a tourist visa, I was stamped in for 30 days. I wasn't aware of this until about 45 days into my stay in Thailand and I noticed the mistake. It was a problem because even though I had a 60 day visa, it was never activated and I was officially an overstay. I went to the immigration office in Prachuab Kiri Khan and went through a major hassle, getting "pass the buck" responses, being told to go back to the airport etc. Luckily I had Thais with me and eventually the head official activated and "extended" my original visa to the 90 days which included the 1900 baht fee.
Apr 23, 2013 2:22 PM
5^ Well, you bring up a very important point there, #4. Immigration officers DO make mistakes. It's a smart thing for ALL travelers to CHECK the date stamp they have been given BEFORE they leave the Immigration area. There's always a supervisor for each group of desks, hovering just after you've been stamped - any errors can be fixed on the spot. It's much harder once you've left the airport.
Quite right about filling in / not filling in the visa number section on the landing card. Once filled in they are most likely to look for the visa and activate it. Easier to not complete that section and explain as you hand over the passport.
Apr 23, 2013 7:56 PM
6To add my personal experience to the posts above:
I had a double-entry tourist visa in my passport when landing in Thailand last October, but planned to leave overland for Laos a few days later, so did not wish to activate my visa until my return to Thailand the following month. I explained this to the official as I handed over my passport. He had to ask a supervisor, but after a bit of muttering and to-ing and fro-ing, I was stamped in on a 30-day exemption without any problems (with some kind of handwritten note on the entry stamp that I had to sign).
I feel that smiling, politeness and deference go a long way in that kind of immigration situation, in Thailand and elsewhere in the world.
Apr 24, 2013 3:41 AM
Do not enter visa number on landing card
Personally I would explain the situation that the visa is for when you return to Thailand to the imigration officer in case they spot it when they flick through and assume you have forgoten to enter the number on the landing card
And Smile and be polite
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