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Thailand: Visa Run and India Visa

Managing an extended stay in Thailand and applying for Indian Visa from Bangkok

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Visa Run and Indian Visa

Visa Run

For most westerners: if you enter Thailand at a land border, you are granted a 14 day stay, or
If you enter via an airport you get 1 month.
I did 2 visa runs during my 2 month stay - one of each type.
Any travel agency can help you do a Visa run, it's an industry in itself.

My first run was an overland trip from Samui to the Malaysian border at Hat Yi.
It was a LONG trip, though very well organised and went something like this:

  • Picked up by mini bus at around 4am, and taken to the ferry port.
  • Ferry to the mainland (van came with), and then
  • 4hour+ drive down to the border.
  • Exit Thailand; surrender departure card and get passports stamped for exit.
  • Walk over to the Malaysian entry point, fill in an entry card, get passport stamped and cross into Malaysia (i.e. walk around office).
  • At other side of office fill in a Malaysian departure card and get exit stamp on passport
  • Walk back to Thai border and fill in a fresh entry card.
  • Submit entry card and get passport stamped with 15 more days allowed
  • Pick up water and snack and jump back on the bus
  • Embark on arduous 6 hour journey back to Samui.

For my second Visa run, I flew to KL.
Air Asia was nice and cheap, and it was only a short flight.
It also happened to be Chinese new year, so KL was alive!
I stayed just the one night and flew back into Thailand, and sure enough got a new stamp for 30 more days of muay thai!!

Indian Visa from Thailand

The Indian Embassy site in Thailand warns that non Thai nationals are given low priority with no guarantees, etc when applying for a visa, and would only be granted a 3 month single entry visa, maximum.
Applying from home would get me a 6 month double entry visa.
Both points were concerning.
I filled in all the requisite forms and took them, along with 2 passport photos to the VFS centre in Bangkok.
The waiting area was filled with "spiritual" westerners, with barely any Thais or Indian folks in the queue.
I waited 2 hours for my number to be called.
The lady took my fee, forms and passport and said I could actually have a 6 month multiple entry visa (bonus!), and that processing would take at least 6 working days :-)

I was given a receipt and tracking number.
I was able to track my application online, and found that it was ready earlier than expected.
I have to say the VFS centre in Bangkok was really well run, and professional.
It seems a lot of people travel from Thailand into India and wait until the last possible moment to process the visa, as it is effective from issue (i.e. folks want to maximise their time in India)

Posted by SkinnyFists 01:39 Archived in Thailand Tagged thailand_india_visa indian_visa visa_run_thailand

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