Update 18th August 2019. Any news will be added to the specific trip offers. If you worry about denied entry please do contact us before your trip.
SWD or “thaivisaservice” is a company, specialised in border run & visa run. We offer Daily trip to Kanchanaburi@Myanmar border CLICK , or 3 times per week to Ban Laem@Cambodia border CLICK . As most people can do the so called border run only TWO time in one calendar year we offer trips to Royal Thai Embassy Vientiane/Laos via Nong Khai CLICK and to the Royal Thai Consulate Savannakhet/Laos via Mukdahan CLICK . Since February 2019 the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane implemented an online queue system with a limit of daily 200 applications. This lead to a huge surge of people moving and applying for visa at the small Royal Thai Consulate in Savannakhet/Laos, but by mid July the little Consulate was completely overrun with applicants, on peak days, Monday and Thursday, up to 400 applicants. This lead to a heavy crackdown of visa applications, at the same time Ministry of Education issued a new instruction that caught Language Schools and the Ministry of Education by surprise, so most application for ED Visa were denied. This has been cleared up now and people can apply for Non Ed at Vientiane and Savannakhet again. To assist in this situation we start to offer visa application trips from Bangkok to Yangon/Myanmar CLICK , at the moment the trip is entirely by land. Soon Air travel coming too. And we plan 2 options for Khota Bharu/Malaysia CLICK with the help of a Malaysian partner and soon at Penang/Malaysia CLICK too. In the offers we also include specifies about that particular place.
Update 18th August 2019, info here is based on facts and what we encounter during our trips. We have redesigned this page a bit so people can read and learn about border and visa run. When we started this business in 2006, we had in mind to assist people in a transition period, there is no one who like to be on a border or visa run, but due to many reasons forced to go. We still get quite often requests to take passport or people, on a GHOST RUN, to border and have their problem FIXED, however this is NOT possible.
Info on this page can help people to plan a stay in Thailand, however it is not designed to beat the system. We offer reasonable priced packages for you to choose from in order to apply the desired Thai visa, however we encourage that applicants, after a certain time in Thailand, to apply for a proper Non Immigrant visa. The main problem is to specify THE CERTAIN TIME IN THAILAND, the only LAW which governs a limit is that you allowed TWO land border crossings in one calendar year, if you from a country under visa exemption scheme. A good source of info is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Thailand?fbclid=IwAR1CFlHAin1qX7AfoWQlG0HRsAOXKQhPNlyWwIHMEkQf6tUJ2VoXthbtSgQ
Following Official sites are worth to bookmark and review them from time to time. Ministry of Foreign Affairs http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/4908 , than Immigration https://www.immigration.go.th/index and details about Royal Thai Embassies and Consulates, location and requirements http://www.thaiembassy.org/main/
- Travelers, under visa exemption scheme, arriving via an international airport will be given a 30 day visa exempt stamp, however people using OUT/IN method to extend their stay might be questioned after few visa exempt entries. There is no specific period given and there is no rule on how many visa exempt will be issued for one person. An old rule “90 days in a 180 days period” has been cancelled many years ago. As of 31st December 2016 Thailand limit visa exempt entries at land border to TWO per calendar year, but all countries under visa exempt get 30 days. The day you arrive is counted as first day.
- A valid Tourist Visa allow 60 day stay and a valid Non Immigrant Visa allow 90 day.
1. Tourist Visa Waiver (visa exemption), no visa required prior to commencing travel to Thailand, however have the “THREE PROOF” ready, cash, ticket and room.
- Bilateral Agreement, 90 days: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, South Korea.
- Bilateral Agreement, 30 days: Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Russia and Vietnam.
- Bilateral Agreement, 14 days: Cambodia (land and air unlimited). Myanmar arrival via Air only.
- Visa Exempt, 30 days at Airport and TWO times 30 day at land border in one calendar year 1.1 – 31.12: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Brunei(unlimited), Belgium, Canada, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia(unlimited), Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia(unlimited), Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines(only country of ASEAN still limited) , Poland, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Slovak, Slovenia, Singapore(unlimited), South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom and USA.
2. Countries which get Visa on Arrival at certain ports of entry in Thailand, however some Checkpoints might not accept your entry under Visa on Arrival as they are afraid you plan to take up illegal employment: Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu. Currently VOA are free, up to 31st October 2019, but we expect this will be extended as the Tourism Industry is ailing.
3. Other country’s passport holders must obtain Visa from a Thai diplomatic post abroad prior to commencing travel to Thailand.
General info and things to consider: We strongly recommend you to copy or record with your camera, upon entry into Thailand, following pages and keep the copies separate: Passport, latest Visa, latest Entry stamp and latest TM Card (Embarkation Card).
Visa extensions, apply at the Immigration Office in Soi 7 off Chaeng Watana Road from Monday to Friday, http://bangkok.immigration.go.th/en/location1.html or at your local Immigration Office.
Re-entry permits are available at your local Thai Immigration Office, however you can also apply, after CHECK IN, at Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Muang International Airport, departure hall. Single Re-entry THB 1,200.-, Multiple Re-entry THB 4,000.-. Counters should be open 24/7.
Duration of stay: a 60 day Tourist Visa and, since 29.8.2014, also the 30 day visa exempt stamp, will be extended for 30 days at Thai Immigration, THB 1,900.-(actually every entry can be extended once). However some countries, like India will get 7 day extension only.
Cancellation of work permit and extension of stay: In the event that you hold a extension of stay based on a Non B with work permit and you resign or it expires, you must cancel the “extension of stay” timely at Thai Immigration. And return the Work Permit as well, this is to avoid problem in future. There has never been a “7-day grace period”, however Thai Immigration will offer you a 7 day extension of stay for THB 1,900.-.
Overstay charges are THB 500.-/day – up to a maximum fine of THB 20,000.-.
Black Listing started 20th March 2016, age 18 years up , Children below 15 years of age will no pay overstay. Children between 15 and 18 years of age will be charged for overstay, but not Black listed. It is not possible to remove yourself from the blacklist, but after 5 years you can file an appeal.
We appreciate your feedback and info is based from Bangkok area. We did not touch the topic of TM30, 90day reporting, Extensions for study purpose or retirement ( transfer wise or agents). If you have specific question you sign up at Thai visa advise on FB, this is the best group for Thai Visa matters https://www.facebook.com/groups/1395920320731833/