Arriving in Thailand FAQ
- Is it a problem if I arrive on a one way ticket ?
- Do I need a visa ?
- What happens if I overstay ?
- How can I extend my visa ?
- Is getting through customs and Immigration a problem
? What if I have my own medicines ? Can I really only take 5 rolls
of film in with me ?
- Is there a left-luggage facility available at the airport
- What's the exchange rate like at the airport ? Are
there ATM's there ? Is the exchange booth open 24 hours ?
- What's the best way to get to the city center from
the airport ?
- Are there guesthouses and hotels still open even if
I arrive in the middle of the night ?
- Is there accommodation near the airport ?
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|Is it a problem if I arrive on a one-way
In theory, if you arrive and get issued with a visa on arrival then
you must also have a valid ticket out of the country. In reality, as
long as you look reasonably smart then this is hardly ever checked.
|Do I need a visa ?
Nationals of 56 countries will receive a 30 day pass on arrival in Thailand. These are:
Due to mutual agreements with Thailand, citizens of Brazil and South
Korea get 90 days on arrival, instead of the 30 days issued to everyone
else. Citizens of countries not on this list will receive a 15 day visa
on entry or will have to apply for one.
What happens if I overstay my visa ?
If you overstay by one day, there is no charge. After that, it's 200B
per day, so 2 days is a 400B fine, 3 days 600B etc...The fine is up
to a maximum of 40,000B (approx US$1000).
|How can I extend my visa ?
Visas can be extended by going to any Immigration office. In Bangkok
this is on Soi Suan Phlu, off Sathorn road. The on-arrival visa can
be extended for 10 days, the tourist visa by up to a month. It normally
takes under an hour, and costs 500B.
|Is getting through customs and Immigration
a problem ? What if I have my own medicines ? Can I really
only take 5 rolls of film in with me ?
Generally, no it's not a problem. On the airplane on the way into the
country you are given a landing card and customs form. These are simple
to fill in, but you will be asked for an address where you are staying
in Thailand. If you haven't booked in advance, just write down the name
of any hotel. Most likely, you'll have no problems at all.
|What's the exchange rate like at
the airport ? Are there ATM's there ? Is the exchange booth open 24 hours
There are currency exchanges at the airport both before and after Immigration,
open at any time of day or night. The rates offered are generally very
good - probably better than the rates offered by hotels. With a bit
of searching, you may be able to find better in the city center but
it won't be by much.
|What's the best way to get to the city center from Bangkok
|Are there guesthouses and hotels open
even if I arrive in the middle of the night ?
Yes. Bangkok is pretty much a 24 hour city, and you won't have any difficulty finding a room in the main tourist accommodation areas of Khao San road, Sukhumvit road etc...
|Is there accommodation near the airport ?
Yes, but it's generally overpriced - perhaps 25% more than in the city
itself. If you've got the time go downtown instead, as there's a far
greater range, better surroundings and better value.
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