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Thai Visa Changes 2017

Thai EmbassyThis year the visa changes have already been made and the updated rules for those in Thailand should be noted as follows. The rules of enforcement has now been changed to the following and some of the older rules are still the same. Speak to a lawyer in Thailand for advice and assistance with your marriage visa extension as well as your retirement visa extension.

The new rules are that when crossing a land border in Thailand you will now get 30 day visa exemption again and not 15 days if your country is a visa exempt country. There is however a limit to how many times you are allowed to cross a land border in Thailand as that is twice a year only. The old rule “90 days in a 180 days period” is long gone and the twice a year rule are the new rules of enforcement as of February 2017.

Note that a valid Thai Tourist Visa allows you a 60 day stay in Thailand and a valid Non Immigrant Visa allows 90 day stay.Note the visa waiver exemptions per country:

Note that certain countries will not be able to obtain a visa on arrival at the Cambodian borders in Thailand. If you are from one of these countries then you will need to apply for a Thai visa in your country before you arrive in Thailand. These countries are:

Andorra, Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Note also about the black listing in Thailand for overstay. Thai immigration has set the rules for children as follows-“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.”


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