Visa-Exempt Entries Now 30 Days at Land Border Crossings

New visa-exempt entry rules

The “border run” rules and the “visa exemption” scheme, which allows nationals of more than 40 countries to temporarily visit Thailand without a visa, have recently been substantially clarified and standardized.
On one hand, they’ve become considerably stricter. A few weeks ago only, we reported that foreigners who enter Thailand without a visa via a land border crossing can now do so only twice per calendar year. Entries through international airports are not affected by this new regulation, only so-called border runs.
Those who seek to enter Thailand without a visa via a land border checkpoint for a third time in a calendar year may be denied entry and asked to apply for a regular visa first.
But there were also some good news.

While eligible foreigners who enter Thailand under the “visa exemption” scheme would previously get 30 days exclusively at international airports but only 15 days at border crossings, this rule has now been relaxed and all will receive 30-day entry stamps also at land border checkpoints.
Previously, only nationals of G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and Russians were exempt from this rule and would get 30-day entry stamps at border crossings.
To give an example, if you’re Swedish or Dutch, you would previously get 30 days at an international airport checkpoint but only 15 days at a land border crossing. Now all eligible foreigners who may enter the kingdom without a visa (“visa exemption”) will get 30 days also at land border checkpoints.

The following announcement was published by Thaivisa.com two days ago. The new rules went into effect on December 31, 2016.

Visa-Exempt Entries Now 30 Days at Land Border Crossings

4 Responses to Visa-Exempt Entries Now 30 Days at Land Border Crossings

  1. So what about a G7 national coming to Thailand by plane two times in a calendar year and each time also crossing a land border two times? Such things happen.

    • Shouldn’t be a problem it seems. No difference anymore between G7/Russians and others. Just two entries via land borders. Arrivals by air not affected = as many as you like.

  2. Maybe a problem: if I am right, the counter was resetted at each new trip, which made a total of four land border crossings easy in one calendar year. This might be no more true.

    • As I understand it: 2 visa-exempt entries by air + 2 visa-exempt entries via a land border per calendar year are okay. Remember that each 30-day stamp can also be extended by another 30 days at immigration, which might make a total of eight months visa-exempt stay per calendar year. Then again, only time will tell.

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