For visa issues – always check with official channels to see if you have the latest information. It changes OFTEN.
A Thailand focused website was reporting that the 30 day visa run has been changed to just 15 days from now forward. This affects those that are coming across land and that do not already have a visa.
The purpose of this was stated to: limit the amount of foreigners using “back-to-back” border runs to extend their stay.
Effective immediately, visitors without a visa will receive a visa good for 15 days of stay if they are arriving over a land border checkpoint from a neighboring country.
What a great way to limit the number of days tourists stay in Thailand – especially after the protest shut down the Bangkok airports for a week.
Here’s what I was able to pull off the official site…
Requirements for foreigners applying for a visa:
* Nationals of countries specified by the Ministry and approved by the cabinet. The nationality must be the same as the country issuing the passport
* Entering Thailand as tourists for 15 days
* 1 passport picture 4×6 cm, not more than 6 months old
* No blacklisted person (persona non grata) according to the immigration laws
* Confirmed onward or return ticket within 15 days
* Indication of actual address of residence in Thailand
* Cash of at least 10,000.- Baht (US$ 250.-) per person or 20,000.- Baht (US$ 500.- per family)
* Valid passport with validity of at least 6 months
Thai Immigration is at this web site, it’s in English but is a bit hard to follow. No, it’s damn impossible to follow. Better to weed through the mass of unrelated posts at ThaiVisa forum to figure out what this means for you.
If your visa expired during the protest at the Bangkok airports you just need to show immigration officials your expired plane ticket with correct departure date and they’ll take care of your visa overstay without incident.