I’ve been looking at tourist visas to carry me through for a couple of months.
Apparently all Thailand tourist visas are now free up until March 2011. If you apply at a consulate in Laos, Cambodia, Hong Kong, etc, they are almost always able to give you a single-entry tourist visa good for 60 days and you can extend 30 more days by paying 1,900 THB at your local immigration office – no need to leave the country.
Apparently Vientiane, Laos and Phnom Penh are the only ones giving out free double-entry tourist visas – which give you, in effect, 180 days of stay in Thailand – with one exit of the country and then back in. There was one case of a guy getting it in Savannakhet, Laos too.
I’m contemplating a trip back to the USA. Rather than go to Laos I wondered if it would be smarter just to get Â a 2x (double-entry) or even triple-entry visa back there. Surely it must be easier in my home country to get a long-stay visa, right?
I wrote Honolulu’s Thai embassy and asked if they’re giving out 2x or 3x tourist visas.
“Single only.” Micki at the embassy said.
So much for that idea.
The only other place that sometimes gives them is Kota Bharu in Malaysia, but, they seem to only give them out when they are paid-for, and the option disappears when they are free – they go back to giving out single-entry visas.
Why is getting and maintaining visas so difficult in Thailand? Is it worse for those in the USA from other countries?