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Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« on: May 16, 2014, 05:16:07 PM »
Hi. I have some young Visitors from the UK - they  are going to overstay their 30 day entry visa acquired on arrival, by about one week.
The question is, will we be able to get an extension to their 30 day visas at Immigration in Dan Kwian ??
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2014, 05:33:40 PM »
To my knowledge the extension of a 30-days VoA is possible before its expiry date once for 15 days (or is it just seven days ?) at the local immigration offices for the fee of 1,900 Baht. Keeps changing all the time, and the posts by "specialists" on TV forum only help confusion.

Maybe there is also the possibility of changing the VoA into a Tourist Visa for the same fee, if done very early. Better ask in Dankwian.

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Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2014, 05:53:31 PM »
Thanks Johnnie - sounds promising. The little beauties asked at 4pm just as Dan Kwian shut !!! We'll go Monday. ATB
 

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Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2014, 07:03:10 PM »
Sounds like 7 days if this is correct

Those who arrive at the airport without a prior visa will continue to receive a 30-day stamp. Extensions at Thai Immigration after the Visa on Arrival has expired remain at 7 days.

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Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2014, 08:12:55 PM »
Thanks - 7 days is enough. Daughter (and boyfriend) of long term ex- Girlfriend in UK, coming to stay. Coming on a Bus from Chiang Mai - Korat.
Off to Dan K Monday. Tks for help.
 

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Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2014, 08:21:48 PM »
Sounds like 7 days if this is correct

Those who arrive at the airport without a prior visa will continue to receive a 30-day stamp. Extensions at Thai Immigration after the Visa on Arrival has expired remain at 7 days.

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I have learned not to trust websites stating important information not clear enough:

"Extensions at Thai Immigration after the Visa on Arrival has expired remain at 7 days, after which you must leave the country or pay the penalty and other sanctions for overstaying the visa."

A naive person could interpret this "information" as being allowed to overstay his VoA for up to 7 days with the only consequence of having to extend it at the immigration office when he already overstayed, after the Visa on Arrival has expired, having to pay the fine for overstay only, if he overstays it for longer than 7 days.

Better not trust that site at all and ask at the immigration office!  :-[
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Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2014, 08:57:46 PM »
Good advice Johnnie and will do. Monday.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2014, 08:47:53 AM »
Yesterday I met a friend and discussed this question with him. He said, there isn't an extension of the Visa Waiver Program (wrongly called "Visa on Arrival") anymore at all, except for those married to a Thai who can get an extension once for 30 days to "visit Thai wife". But Immigration left the loophole applying for an extension, paying the fee of 1,900 Baht, upon which they will put a "preliminary extension" stamp for 7 days "extension under consideration" in your passport. That's all you can get, he says, when you go there again to hear the result of their consideration they will inform you (put another stamp in your passport) that you have to leave Thailand immediately resp. within the time of your original "admitted until" or the "under consideration"  stamp. Leaving anytime later makes them charge you for overstay.:-[

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Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2014, 07:51:27 PM »
Johnnie thanks so much. I have 'contact' with the little biggers now and their Visas expire 'end of May'.
Today I asked Immigration about an extension and Imm talked about 7 days.
Would a Visa run give them a longer extension ?
 

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Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2014, 08:54:39 PM »
Probably a visit to Vientiane can get them new 30 days stamps at returning. The visa into Laos costs 1,300 Baht, plus travel expenses.

There is a good article (in German) about the visa-run to Laos on Korat-Info.
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Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2014, 09:55:36 AM »
Hey Johnnie thanks.
Their  Visas expire at the end of the month. they want 2 weeks more than that.
So if I run them up to the Friendship Bridge - they can enter Vientianne for B1300 and re-enter Thailand with another 30 day visa free of charge?
Is there a Visa run service from Korat ?
Thanks again
 

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Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2014, 10:03:05 AM »
visa into Laos is 1500 bahts or 35 american dollars and has been so for a long time now.
Cheaper to pay in dollars if you can.
 

Offline ben

Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2014, 11:23:08 AM »
the cost price of your visa into Laos depends of your nationality.
example: Swiss and Luxembourg nationality get free visa for Laos.

more info here:

http://www.laosvisas.com/laos-visa-news/Lao-Visa-Exemption/ [nofollow]

 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2014, 11:34:30 AM »
Swiss and Luxembourg nationality get free visa for Laos.

And when Swiss enter Thailand without a visa, they can get a Tourist Visa Waiver (wrongly called "Visa on Arrival") for 15 days only. :-[
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2014, 12:25:31 PM »
Their  Visas expire at the end of the month. they want 2 weeks more than that.
So if I run them up to the Friendship Bridge - they can enter Vientianne for B1300 and re-enter Thailand with another 30 day visa free of charge?

The way I understand the present Thai regulations they should actually do some visiting of Laos, not just a visa-run. Though I don't think the new restrictions of visa-runs are aimed at real tourists.
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Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2014, 12:57:27 PM »
Thanks to all for the help. ATB
 

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Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2014, 07:41:29 PM »
Pay the overstay, then cross over into Laos or Cambodia.  Come back to Thailand.  Viola!  30 more days.
 

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Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2014, 09:49:22 AM »
Thanks in the end my backpackers were inside their 30 day visas and we went to Poi Pet where they renewed for 30 days in Cambodia. Voila !
Less than a 3 hour drive. Only a few road checks and no military around at the border.
Coming down the hill from Wang Nam Kieaw, an artic lorry had used the 'escape lane' - brave driver. 2 massive cranes lifting it all out. 
 

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Re: Extending a Visa-On Arrival (visa-run)
« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2014, 09:28:01 AM »
Glad to hear it Roger :)
 

 



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