The new Multi Entry Tourist Visa is blessing in disguise. Now if you are based in Thailand you can come and go as many times as you please. The visa is valid for 6 months and every time you enter back into Thailand you will receive a 60 day stamp meaning that if you plan your last entry right then you should end up with just over 7 months. In the past they had a 6 months triple entry (3 x 60 day stamps) meaning if you exited Thailand early you would lose the days you hadn't used on you 60 day stamp. I will admit feeling slightly trapped on the old visa not being able to come and go as I pleased. I found myself waiting for the 60 days to be nearly up before making any plans. Now if I feel like heading to Vietnam I can leave whenever the mood takes me.
Although I’m Australian I picked up my latest tourist visa within the UK at a cost of £125 which is up on the previous triple entry visa which cost £75. The rules are a bit stricter so you’d need to be organized if you are in a foreign country trying to obtain a multi entry visa. First up, in the UK you need show that you have no less than £5,000 in a UK bank account or if you have a Thai Bank account then no less than 200,000฿. In Australia the amount is $10,000 therefore you will need check at your local Thai Embassy to find out the amount in you country.
I have read on one forum people complaining that they don't have this amount in their bank account. In reality you should have that amount sitting in an account if you are planning a 6 months holiday. I do think Thailand has got this right. The next requirement which did throw me into a bit of panic for a second is when I had to show my booked accommodation. After thinking for a second I thought that's a bit rough. Luckily I own a Condo therefore this will be easy. At the Thai Consulate they wanted to see an electric bill or water bill in my name. By pure fluke I had a water bill still in my wallet that I paid the day that I left Bangkok.
I’m pretty sure the last requirement isn’t needed as a check on the Melbourne Thai Consulate website they are only interested in the money in your bank account but you better take along your last bill just in case they want to see it. You don't need have a return ticket on this visa.
Going through Immigration is a breeze, my passport is full with stamps of comings and goings over the past 4 years and the Immigration officers didn't even bat at an eye lid in my direction. The last time a came in on a 30 day exemption stamp earlier this year the Immigration officer had a good look through my passport and looked back up at me on more than one occasion. I was sure 20 questions were coming but thankfully she stamped the passport. I knew inside I better not use that method for a while.
I bet a few people were hoping for a different spin on the title Multi Entry. Here's a tip, hit the beer bars where you should be guaranteed multiple entry's with one barfine. Just be a good guy and treat her nice.
This week at Nana Plaza I had a drink at several bars but not Rainbow 4 as the dancers still had their tops on, I hope to get lucky soon. I finally had a few drinks in the Twister Bar and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of dancers. The Twister Bar is a good addition to Nana Plaza.
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