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Age-old question... If you live in Thailand, what visa do you have?


in Thailand by @natalie1 | 5yr  | 7 comments

Hola, nomads! I am currently living in sleepy Ajijc, Mexico, and love having my easy 6 month tourist visa. However, Iโ€™ve stayed in Chaing Mai before and my heart is pulling me there again. Yet Iโ€™m daunted by the headache of visa runs. Iโ€™m American, so it looks like my options are that I can get a 6 month Multiple Entry visa, which does require me to leave every 60 days.
Does that mean I just cross borders via land and Iโ€™ll be good for another 60 days? The websites Iโ€™ve seen havenโ€™t been very clear.
Also, it looks like you need a minimum of $7,000 USD in the bank to get that visa. I donโ€™t have that, though I could do a cash transfer to my bank account from my credit card for a month to show it. How many bank statements do I need to show thereโ€™s $7,000 in my account?
Also, can I apply for the Multiple Entry from Thailand or only outside of it?
What visas do you use if youโ€™re there longer term?
I also looked into the Student visa, but the school I looked at required 8 hours a week of class. I work too much to do that.
My understanding is that if you are there, you can get a 2 month visa (possibly called the Single Entry visa), then have to fly out and come back from an international airport, and you can get another month, then do an extension for one more, then fly again. Am I correct? If so, that is a lot of traveling and extensionsโ€ฆ
Insight is appreciated!!

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@db8871 | 4yr

Recent development: Only 2 Visa Exempt Entries At Border Crossings Per Calendar Year Effective Dec 1, 2016.

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@sabolmm | 4yr

You can actually buy 5 year VISA for Thailand. It costs around 500k Baht which is roughly ยฃ10,000.

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@natalie1 | 5yr

Wow. Your post should be the Bible of Thai visas
Explanations. I am extremely grateful for the time you took to explain all of that. It makes me feel much more at ease for when I come back. I had always looked at it as such a hassle compared to the other countries Iโ€™ve lived in, but your simple explanation helps demystify it. Many thanks!

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@jamesschipper | 5yr

Itโ€™s still a giant pain in the ass, but it helps to know the different steps. People have lived for years on tourist visas here. It sometimes gets harder or some rule changes slightly.

Hereโ€™s a good post I saw about it yesterday that is a good bit of info on doing it that way (staying long-term on Tourist Visas). Donโ€™t know this guy, but itโ€™s pretty accurate and gives an idea of the thinking behind the Thai side of it. Living in Thailand on a Tourist Visa

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@jamesschipper | 5yr

Youโ€™ve got a few misunderstandings in the process.

You do not get a proper Thai Visa from inside Thailand. As a US passport holder, you can just show up here and you will be given a (free) 30-day entry stamp called a Visa Exemption. You can extend that at an immigration office for another 30 days for 1900THB, so you could show up and stay in the country for 60 days.

You may be able to make a few border runs (go to a border to another country and back in to โ€œresetโ€ your time with a new visa exemption), but these are the thing most frowned upon now. If youโ€™re gone a few days itโ€™s easier to do, and if you fly out and back in, itโ€™s even easier. But they will still start to warn you that you need a proper visa if you do it too often. People used to just do this for decades, but noiw itโ€™s pretty tough.

If you go to any Thai consulate anywhere, you can get a single-entry Tourist Visa (1000THB). This is a proper visa that Thai Immigration prefers you to have. It gives you 60 days in the Kingdom, which you can also extend for 30 more days at any immigration office for 1900THB, meaning each SETV can give you 90 days in the Kingdom.

Itโ€™s still relatively easy to fly to a nearby country when your time is up, and apply for another SETV at a Thai Consulate. Some are stricter than others about various requirements. The general guideline is going 3 times to the same Consulate before they will warn you to find a different way or demonstrate financial proof of various sorts.

You can ONLY get the Multiple-entry Tourist Visa from a Thai consulate in your home country (You would have to apply for it at a Thai Consulate in the US). All other Thai consulates will only give you a single entry Tourist Visa. I have heard of people getting them outside of this guideline, but it seems to be rare.

You do have to bounce out-in of Thailand every 60 days with the METV, but they donโ€™t give you any hassle during the valid period of the proper visa. So itโ€™s not the same as an out-in border run to reset your Visa Exemption stamp.

Canโ€™t really answer your question about the bank proof, as itโ€™s not something that often is actually required. I donโ€™t know anyone who has ever been asked that when applying for a Tourist Visa (that I know of), and Iโ€™ve never provided any. For SETV at most places, if they do question it, youโ€™re technically required to show 20,000THB cash, but honestly, they rarely ask that of Americans.

If they DO require proof of funds when youโ€™re applying, youโ€™d better have it, or youโ€™re going to have to try another Consulate.

My understanding is that if you are there, you can get a 2 month visa (possibly called the Single Entry visa), then have to fly out and come back from an international airport, and you can get another month, then do an extension for one more, then fly again. Am I correct?

Get the single before you come, extend 30 more days for a total of 90, but then you need to bounce out and could come back on a VE stamp and extend that once as described above. That would essentially be 90 then out, 60 more then out and find some other way or another place if thatโ€™s too much trouble for you.

If the school was too much time, there is another self-defense school that can help you get a Non-Immigrant ED Visa. I understand class is only on Saturday.

With an ED visa, youโ€™ll need to go to a local Immigration office every 90 days, but you donโ€™t have to travel outside the Kingdom until you need to renew the visa at the end of the year.

You could find a place to get a Non-Immigrant O visa for volunteer work at a qualifying place that will help you apply for that, and you only have to go to local immigration periodically to extend. Sometimes only as often as a year later. But you donโ€™t have to leave the country at all once you have the Visa itself. Ton of hoops to jump through, but if the place is legit, they will handle most of it for you.

Or marry a Thai person and stay as long as you like (foreign women donโ€™t even need to have 400,000THB in the bank to marry a Thai citizen and get a marriage visa like foreign men do :smiley: )

Or be 50 years old and have 800,000THB in the bank and get a retirement visa.

No matter what you do when you are applying for any kind of tourist visa, be sure you tell them on the application and if they ask you: You are here for the purposes of tourism. You are not coming here to work.

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@ifdattic | 5yr

You need bank proof if youโ€™re applying for the multiple entry visa. You should contact your bank to get it (printing a screenshot of your online bank balance wonโ€™t work).

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@dvc | 5yr

Thatโ€™s fraud and will get you in big trouble (long ban) if youโ€™re caught/ completely aside from the moral aspect

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