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UPDATED - Please read!

It is now possible for citizens of G7 member countries, to get 30 day Visa Exemption on arrival at Thai land border crossings.

Previously, 30 day Visa Exemptions were only available to those who arrived by air, and subject to the nationality of the individual. However, a new rule, which was brought into effect in November 2013, allows citizens of UK, USA, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, and Japan, to cross into Thailand by land and receive a stamp allowing a 30 day stay.*

The rule that an individual can only stay for a maximum of 90 days within an 180 day period has also been scrapped, so there is no legal limit to the number of times you can enter the country within a certain period. This wil be down to individual border crossing officials.

*Always check the actual date that is stamped into your passport - errors can be made, and officials are not always aware of new rule changes. Remember, this is not a visa, it is a visa exemption.


 

UPDATE:

The Immigration Bureau has announced that, of August 29th 2014, you will be able to extend your visa exemption period whilst you're in Thailand by 30 days, instead of the current 7 days, giving a total visa-exemption stay of 60 days. The fee for extension of stay is 1,900 Baht (unchanged).

In effect, you can be in the country without a visa for 60 days.

Also - the Commander of Immigration has removed the proposed lifetime ban for overstaying 10 years. The Immigration Commander has also stated that immigration are working to ensure that the new rules are being standardized at both immigration checkpoints and immigration offices nationwide.

If you are traveling on visa-exempt or with a tourist visa, bring these documents for your extension:

  • Your onward flight ticket or eTicket out of Thailand within the 30 days
  • Minimum 10,000 Baht, or rather 20,000 Baht
  • Hotel booking confirmation - and if you have it, your itinerary
  • One photo, passport sized.
  • Application fee, 1,900 Baht
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