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Visa/Entry Permits

Visitors from most European Countries, USA, Australia and Canada do not require a visa if they are visiting as a tourist. If arriving by air then a 30 day visitor permit will be issued by passport control. If arriving by land, the permit issued is for 15 days for most countries.

Overstaying your Visa/Entry permit is not advisable as this will lead to a prison sentence. Extensions to your visa/entry permit are possible. 60 and 90 day visas are also possible but must be obtained from the Thai Embassy before leaving.

Visa Extensions:
Visa Extensions can be obtained from any checkpoint EXCEPT the Suvarnabhumi Airport Checkpoint. If in bangkok, the following are considered checkpoints (A full list of Checkpoints in Thailand is available here).

General Staff Division 507 Soi Suan Plu, Sathorn, Bangkok Tel 0-2287-3101 Fax 0-2287-1516, 0-2287-1310
Investigation and Interrogation Division 507 Soi Suan Plu, Sathorn, Bangkok Fax 0-2286-3397
Immigration Division 1 The Govenment Complex. Chaengwattana Bangkok
Immigration Division 3 The Govenment Complex. Chaengwattana Bangkok

Re-entry permits:
If you require a re-entry permit, these can be obtained from any checkpoint however although they do provide this service at Suvarnabhumi airport it is often dependant on the decision of the border officers.

Although onward or return flight details are not often asked for it is best to have a print out of these just in case. You may also be asked for details of where you are staying, The entry form you are required to complete will ask for this information. Giving the name of the hotel you are staying at will speed up things at passport control. Most airlines will pass these forms out on the plane before landing.

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