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Been reading various answers to this on the 'net and thought I would ask here....

I have visited Thailand over the last few years but always with a RT air ticket (from/to USA).    I plan to visit Thailand in September or October for ~4-6 weeks.  (I may fly direct from USA or maybe from Singapore or Manila depending on a few factors.)    I plan to get a 1-way ticket into Thailand as I do not know when I may return back to the USA.  Can I still enter Thailand with only a 1-way ticket and no return ticket back to USA?    (I have read that immigration may be ok with this but the airline may require a return ticket before boarding...).

When in Thailand during my stay I may leave the country (e.g., fly to Vietnam) for a long weekend. My assumption is that would restart my 30 day Visa also.  But I wonder if booking that ticket would suffice immigration or the airlines when entering Thailand on my first leg of the trip?

Regarding the (auto) 30 day Visa for USA....I understand that as a USA citizen I get an automatic 30 day stay and I can renew that for another 30 days when in Thailand or apply online for the extension before I leave..    If I apply online do I need the exact dates of my departure from USA and return home or can I use approximate dates as I have not yet made plans?   Any idea on how long that process may take?

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It's not a 30-day Visa. You'd be entering Visa exempt (without a Visa) which on entry would allow you a stay of 30 days. It's the airlines that request either a return or ticket out within 30 days, simply because if you're refused entry, it's their responsibility to return you to your departure point. It's a risk they're not willing to take.

If you have a ticket out to Vietnam, that's fine.

There is no 'extension' you can apply for online.

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You do need a ticket showing you are leaving Thailand within the period of your allowed stay. However it does not need to be to your starting point. Buying the cheapest AirAsia ticket to KL or similar will keep you out of trouble. Alternatively pay a bit more and buy a refundable ticket which you will of course refund after you have cleared immigration.

 

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Thanks.... yes I meant Visa-exempt from USA.

Regarding showing an "exit" route.  If I have a 1-way to Thailand, then a RT from Thailand - Vietnam (maybe a few weeks later for a weekend), can I show that and will they care as it shows me ending up back in Thailand again ?      Or maybe I just show them the outbound flight from Thailand - Vietnam? 

(and that trip would restart my 30 days....)

I may end up getting a RT from/to USA (as changing departure is usually not an issue/expensive).

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Your current plan is too sketchy to give any firm advice, as there are so many options.
4 weeks or 6 weeks stay?
Definitely visiting Vietnam, or maybe?

You could book a return trip to US for 6 weeks, if you also had a return booking for Vietnam within the 30 days.

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1 hour ago, Faz said:

It's not a 30-day Visa. You'd be entering Visa exempt (without a Visa) which on entry would allow you a stay of 30 days. It's the airlines that request either a return or ticket out within 30 days, simply because if you're refused entry, it's their responsibility to return you to your departure point. It's a risk they're not willing to take.

If you have a ticket out to Vietnam, that's fine.

There is no 'extension' you can apply for online.

I don't know why people keep trying to point this out when a visa waiver or 30 day tourist visa are basically the same thing practically speaking, so who cares how it's described?  It's besides the point.

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I've never had Thai Immigration ask for my outbound ticket to verify my departure date.  I have had the airline ask for this because they are the ones on the hook if you are denied entry, so they are the ones you need to satisfy.

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1 hour ago, samiam123 said:

I don't know why people keep trying to point this out when a visa waiver or 30 day tourist visa are basically the same thing practically speaking, so who cares how it's described?  It's besides the point.

There is no 30 day Tourist Visa.

For nationals of 64 Countries, Thailand refers to entering without a Visa as 'Visa exempt' entries'.

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Tourist Visas on the other hand are obtained from Thai Embassies and grant a stay of 60 days on entry, not 30. Two totally different methods of entry, different conditions and different periods of permitted stay.
 

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My plan is rather fluid at the moment..

   I was just trying to present options specific to the issue of not having a Return ticket booked ahead of time.   I may stay longer than the default 30 days allows and either get the 30 day extension ahead of time or get it there, in case I stay longer.   1-way tickets are pretty much same cost as RT so was going to book that way instead (and also, at the moment, unsure if I may be in Singapore first for work).

But during my time in Thailand I would definitely fly to Vietnam for a long weekend (probably before my 30 days ran out).

Sounds like the risk is that the airline may require a ticket out.... I didn't know they were really on the hook to fly you home if the country denied you entrance....sounded like folklore... :)

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7 hours ago, Dezmo said:

I may stay longer than the default 30 days allows and either get the 30 day extension ahead of time or get it there, in case I stay longer.

30 day extensions are only available from within Thailand at a local Immigration office, applied for in person.
A Tourist Visa, which can be applied for online before arrival, grants a stay of 60 days on entry.

If you entered on a TV, then at some point took a weekend trip to Vietnam, you could purchase a single re-entry permit from local Immigration, to protect that 60 day permission of stay on rentering Thailand.

Without a valid Visa, you'll find airlines request an outbound ticket within 30 days.
Strangely enough, the Thai Embassy in the US also request proof of a round trip flight for a Tourist Visa application.
2.4 Proof of a round trip flight confirmation/reservation showing going from the US to Thailand and leaving from Thailand (The name of the applicant must be indicated clearly)
» Visa procedures for Non-Thai nationals wishing to obtain Tourist visa (Single Entry) (thaiembdc.org)

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Thanks for the information.   I guess I was using the wrong terms :)

If I get the TV ahead of time their website implies they require proof of an air ticket "from" Thailand.  The finance thing is odd..... how do I prove that when applying :)    Also it seems I can select 3 or 6 months for the TV validity.     

 

Required Document

(Please check relevant embassy/ consulate's website for specifically required documents)

  • 1. Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months.
  • 2. Photograph of the applicant, taken within the past six months.
  • 3. Evidence of travel from Thailand (air ticket paid in full).
  • 4. Evidence of adequate finance (20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family).

Required Document

The validity of a visa is 3 months or 6 months.

Period of Stay

Upon arrival, travellers with this type of visa may be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 60 days.

 

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On 7/19/2022 at 6:52 PM, Dezmo said:

My plan is rather fluid at the moment..

   I was just trying to present options specific to the issue of not having a Return ticket booked ahead of time.   I may stay longer than the default 30 days allows and either get the 30 day extension ahead of time or get it there, in case I stay longer.   1-way tickets are pretty much same cost as RT so was going to book that way instead (and also, at the moment, unsure if I may be in Singapore first for work).

But during my time in Thailand I would definitely fly to Vietnam for a long weekend (probably before my 30 days ran out).

Sounds like the risk is that the airline may require a ticket out.... I didn't know they were really on the hook to fly you home if the country denied you entrance....sounded like folklore... :)

I also read somewhere that they also get a $10,000 us fine.If you haven't got a return ticket within 30 days of your departure date you probably won't be allowed to travel.A ticket out to Cambodia will also work.

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5 hours ago, Dezmo said:

If I get the TV ahead of time their website implies they require proof of an air ticket "from" Thailand. 

Yes, either a return ticket, or ticket 'out' to elsewhere.

5 hours ago, Dezmo said:

The finance thing is odd..... how do I prove that when applying :) 

Copy of bank statement.

5 hours ago, Dezmo said:

Also it seems I can select 3 or 6 months for the TV validity.     

The single entry is valid for 3 months from the date of issue to enter Thailand. On entry, you'll be granted permission of stay for 60 days, which can be extended for a further 30 days.

The multiple entry is valid for 6 months from the date of issue to enter Thailand. On each entry, you'll be granted permission of stay for 60 days, which can be extended for a further 30 days.
It's possible to stay in Thailand for almost 9 months with 2 border runs with the METV.

Have you read this information;
https://thethaiger.com/talk/topic/1649-common-visa-types-explained/#comment-5560

https://thethaiger.com/talk/topic/1652-visa-or-extension-of-stay/#comment-5567

 

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On 7/19/2022 at 6:37 AM, Goose1 said:

You do need a ticket showing you are leaving Thailand within the period of your allowed stay. However it does not need to be to your starting point. Buying the cheapest AirAsia ticket to KL or similar will keep you out of trouble. Alternatively pay a bit more and buy a refundable ticket which you will of course refund after you have cleared immigration.

I believe a proper MCO issued [acting as a return cover] air ticket can be used and allowed. 

 

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On 7/19/2022 at 11:52 PM, Dezmo said:

, unsure if I may be in Singapore first for work

Coming from Singapore or Malaysia will (out of experience) ease everything! Same by coming over land (even if not planned, just a hint) Aside you would have the flight from Spore out, to Thailand, so no trouble to get boarded to Singapore.

In case you get asked at the counters in Singapore (never happened to me or friends of mine), you just tell 'em you are on a travel trip,  planning to go to Ankor and Vietnam during your stay

In Singapore they do know that lots of people do these trips, even over land. Also they know about the possibility, to extend the stay with an extension. So you don't need to argue, like with american or europe counter staff, who have no clue about it. In case that changed over Covid: Book a flight online with a low cost carrier to Cambodia, Vietnam or Malaysia and check in, after.

Also they know, you could book a "get out" flight ticket in the arrival airport in Thailand.  So I am relatively certain, no such obstacle to expect, from Singapore

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On 7/19/2022 at 10:24 PM, samiam123 said:

I've never had Thai Immigration ask for my outbound ticket to verify my departure date.  I have had the airline ask for this because they are the ones on the hook if you are denied entry, so they are the ones you need to satisfy.

Thai immigration asked me for my outbound flight just a few weeks ago (airline did not). This was because I was taken aside since my previous visit was recent and lengthy (6 months).

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On 7/27/2022 at 10:14 PM, mark147 said:

Thai immigration asked me for my outbound flight just a few weeks ago (airline did not). This was because I was taken aside since my previous visit was recent and lengthy (6 months).

I am hearing more an more stories like this.   I guess they are getting more strict with long stay tourists and want them to get a proper long stay visa or GTFO.

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